The Dell, Stocksfield, Northumberland. Mature broadleaves on the south side of a large gated wood half an hour from Newcastle city centre. 2.56 acres for £20,000 (freehold) [#A1449]
Open stands of birch above a seasonal stream with excellent access and open southerly views.
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 88
Ordnance Survey Grid References:
- Entrance (A): NZ 082 611
- Centre of wood: NZ 096 603
Nearest postcode: NE42 5PD
This postcode will take you to the local area but may not take you to the woodland. You will need to use the location plan and directions as well.
As its name implies The Dell occupies a gully which lies on the south side of a substantial woodland known as Hyons Wood, some 2 miles south-west of Prudhoe. Hexham is about 10 miles to the northwest and Newcastle a similar distance to the east. Both are easily reached in half an hour via the A69.
A small seasonal stream runs north through the wood with banks of birch rising to each side, giving way to more level areas above, particularly towards the northeast corner. The wood benefits from wide views over farmland from east through south to west. The north boundary abuts an attractive oak wood.
The major species here is birch – elegant maturing stems which give the property a delightfully light feel. To the north they blend with some full canopy oak. Elsewhere you will find hawthorn, rowan, occasional beech, some holly and pockets of gorse.
Apart from some bracken in the northeast spur the larger part of the woodland floor is free of entangling vegetation, enabling pedestrian access to most parts.
The Dell and adjacent woodland supports plenty of wildlife with roe deer and badgers frequenting the area and plenty of woodland birds in the canopy above. We saw tree-creepers, and nuthatches on our visit, and birdsong testified to many others.
The wood is served by a well-found hard track (suitable for 2WD access) that links to a private parking spur on the north side of the wood.
A visit will soon confirm The Dell’s amenity credentials which should provide the new owner with many hours of quiet enjoyment.
If It Were Mine
There are a number of attractive level locations suitable for quiet recreation and camping.
The birch could take a thinning (a licence is in place) yielding a healthy amount of firewood both for hearth and campfire.
There is some historic farm tipping at the extreme south end which I would aim to remove or cap. I might also flail the bracken area.
Please remember some management operations require approval and/or a licence.
To View This Woodland
You are welcome to view this woodland at any time during daylight hours. We do ask that you download a copy of these particulars and take them with you, mainly so you can correctly identify the boundaries and access points.
Residential Planning Permission
You are extremely unlikely to get residential planning permission for this woodland.
Directions & Access
- Head west out of Prudhoe on the A695 for ½ mile to the village of Mickley Square.
- Turn left in the middle of the village onto Eastgate Bank.
- Continue south up the hill for 0.9 mile, passing through the hamlet of High Mickley.
- Turn left at the T junction just after the village.
- Drive east for 200 yards then turn first right into an area of hard standing, parking clear of the steel barrier (A on the plan).
- Walk south down the track beyond the steel barrier for 800 metres to the woodland gate (B).
- Enter the woodland via the personnel gate (B) and after 100 metres fork first right on the hard track (leaving the open area and entering woodland).
- Continue for 140 metres until you come to the corner of a field (D on the plan).
- The Dell is on your right after this point.
The Dell is over a kilometre from the public road. A bicycle may assist viewing access.
Safety Note: Due to historic mining activity in the wider woodland there may be unknown entrances and fissures which are not visible on the surface. There is no definitive plan of mining activity. Please take extra care when viewing.
- The west and southeast boundaries (DFE) are the field-edge stock fences.
- The north boundary (DE) is the south side of the hard track indicated by white-topped posts.
The sporting rights are owned and included in the sale. They are not let.
The mineral rights are not included. Please click on the button below for more details.
Rights Of Way
- There is a right of way at all times and for all purposes over the routes XABCDE.
- A shared maintenance clause covers all the shared rights of way, with liability according to use.
- There are no public rights of way in this woodland.
There is an obligation to maintain field edge fences in stock-proof condition.
The woodland lies within the former Tynedale Greenbelt.
Third Party Rights
A right is reserved to Harworth Estates to enter with plant and machinery to carry out environmental tests and geological surveys.
An overage (clawback) agreement exists whereby 50% of the increase in the value of the land attributable to securing certain types of planning permission is payable to Harworth Estates.
There are some restrictive covenants to protect the woodland and the environment. Please click on the button below to view these.
How To Buy
This woodland is being sold on a fixed price basis. We require the following information in writing before we mark a woodland as sold and take it off the market (please ensure you are in a position to fund the purchase before doing this):
- The name and price of the woodland
- Confirmation you have viewed the woodland
- Full name (including middle names), address, phone number and date of birth of all legal purchasers
- The full contact details of the solicitor who has been instructed
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Maps & Plans
Plans, areas and particulars are for reference only. They have been carefully checked by us but we cannot guarantee their accuracy and they do not form a part of any contract. Prospective purchasers must satisfy themselves, and we will give as much help as possible with all information we have available.
Woods4Sale Ltd hereby give notice under section 21 of the Estate Agents Act 1979 of their interest in the land being sold.