Riddells Copse, Longhorsley, Northumberland. Mixed waterside woodland. 4.82 acres for £44,000 (freehold) [#A1464]
A secluded and varied woodland of pole-stage conifers, scattered broadleaves and streamside grassland.
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 81
Ordnance Survey Grid References:
- Roadside gate: NZ 113 964
- Centre of wood: NZ 115 962
Nearest postcode: NE65 8RH
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.
Riddells Copse lies on moderately sloping terraces on the east side of a larger gated woodland just outside Northumberland National Park, midway between Morpeth and Rothbury. This secluded location is just 5 miles from the A1, giving easy access to Newcastle which is some 40 minutes to the south.
The wood is essentially composed of three parts; a young stand of larch on the upper northwest side, a mid-terrace of woody shrubs and young trees, and an area of riverside grassland by Todburn. Riddells is generously favoured with water frontage on three sides. A pylon line clips the east side of the wood. The nearest pylon is over 100 metres from the woodland boundary.
The previous crop of conifers was felled about 18 years ago. It appears that larch then regenerated naturally producing a young stand of varying density on the west side. The middle area below became populated with woody shrubs plus a scattering of larch and occasional broadleaves including oak, birch and hazel. Lower down the vegetation is predominantly grass and fern with patches of bluebells, bramble and emerging shrubs fringed by alder on the riverbank.
The area is full of wildlife with roe deer, foxes and badgers all resident. The open and varied composition of Riddells encourages a wide variety of birds. Nuthatch, tree-creepers and green woodpeckers (among many others) frequent the wider woodland along with red kites, kestrels and sparrow-hawks.
A newly-constructed stone track gives good car access, terminating in a private parking area on the north side of the wood. An unsurfaced track to the west and mid-south side gives good management access to other areas.
Riddells is a delightful and varied water-side woodland offering plenty of opportunity for the new owner to further enhance its environmental credentials.
If It Were Mine
There is considerable scope to plant some native broadleaves in the more open areas while the lower riverside terrace is an obvious spot for quiet recreation – perhaps enhanced by the removal of a few alder from the streamside.
Some of the denser areas of larch would benefit from respacing.
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
- Longhorsley lies 6 miles northwest of Morpeth on the A697.
- Leave Longhorsley heading west on West Road.
- After 1¼ miles turn right, where the road take a sharp left hand bend (by the entrance to Forget-Me-Not Country Park).
- Continue north on this road for a further 1¼ miles until you cross a ford (usually dry).
- The access to the wood is via the second gateway on your left after the ford - a distance of about ¼ mile (X on the plan).
- Please park safely nearby and clear of all farm gateways.
- Climb the field gate (X) (sorry, but we do not give out keys for viewing) and follow the stone track to the woodland entrance gate (A).
- Climb the gate and follow the track to your left to its end (C).
- Riddells Copse is on your right.
- The north boundary (BC) is the north side of the hard track indicated by red-topped posts, and (CD) a line of blue topped posts.
- The northeast boundary (DE) is the centreline of a small stream.
- The southeast boundary (EF) is the southeast bank of the river and (FG) the centre line of the river.
- The southwest boundary (GH) is the centreline of a small stream.
- The northwest boundary (BJ) is the northwest side of the unsurfaced track marked by blue-topped posts and (HJ) a line of blue-topped posts running downslope to the stream.
The sporting rights are owned and included in the sale. They are not let.
The mineral rights are owned and inclued in the sale except as reserved by statute.
Rights Of Way
- There is a right of way at all times for all purposes over the routes XAB.
- A right of access is reserved to others over the route BC.
- A shared maintenance clause covers all the shared rights of way with liability according to use.
- There are no public rights of way within the wood.
There is a positive covenant to maintain field-edge boundaries in stock-proof condition. This may affect the southeast (river-side) boundary.
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
Please click on the button below for more information.
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.