Hedley Wood, Esh, Co Durham. 1.96 acres of mixed maturing woodland for £22,500 (freehold) [#A1516]
Strong growing pine and scattered hardwoods on level ground with car access overlooking the Deerness Valley, just 4 miles west of Durham.
OS Landranger map: Sheet 88.
National Grid Ref:
Access point (point A): NZ 206 427
Woodland gate (point C): NZ 202 434.
Centre of wood: NZ 201 433.
Nearest postcode: DH7 9QD.
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.
Hedley Wood occupies largely level ground on the bright southern side of a larger gated woodland property. It has a gentle southerly aspect within the Deerness Valley, some 4 miles west of the historic city of Durham. The A1 is about 15 minutes away giving easy access from north and south.
The wood is dominated by a stand of production-phase pine which has already produced some quality lumber in previous thinnings and which promises a fine mature stand in the future. Tree cover is diversified by a variety of hardwood species sprinkled among the pine including birch, oak and rowan plus a few cherry by the main track (in full flower when we visited). Beneath the tree canopy are scattered shrubs like hawthorn, elder and holly along with a number of regenerated saplings of varying ages and species.
The woodland floor is a mix of bramble, grasses, honeysuckle, foxglove and fern along with patches of bluebell and wood sorrel.
Hedley is served by a newly-upgraded track which links with a private parking spur on its north edge. Thanks to a well-managed thinning programme the wood also has a system of level rides to the benefit of future harvesting operations.
The maturing pines promise some quality timber, but this is also a wood to enjoy thanks to the variety of fauna and flora present, and the light open aspect to the south.
If It Were Mine
The pine would benefit from a gentle but sustained light thinning programme and I would halo thin some of the more promising hardwoods. I’d also knock some paths through the denser areas of bramble.
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 from Durham on the A690.
- After about a mile turn right at the roundabout onto the B6302 signed for Ushaw Moor.
- Continue on this road (passing through Ushaw Moor on the way) for exactly 3 miles until you come to a minor crossroads (signed for Broadgate Farm to the left).
- Continue on the B6302 for just under half a mile more, to a bus stop on your right, adjacent to a farm track (A on the plan). The farm track is also marked as a public footpath.
- Please park here safely, without causing any obstruction to the farm track entrance.
- Please note that viewing access is on foot only from the public road. There is strictly no vehicular access or parking on the farm track or at the farm buildings, both of which are separately owned.
- Walk 550 metres up to the farm (B) and continue on the public footpath through two steel barriers and then a further 200 metres to the woodland entrance (C) on your left (a third steel barrier).
- Walk down the main woodland track for about 100 metres to small group of cherry trees and a line of blue posts off to your left.
- Hedley Wood is now on your left.
Please note we do not give out keys for viewing. Purchasers will be given keys for vehicular access on completion of purchase.
- The north boundary (GD) is the north edge of the track.
- The east boundary (DE) is a woodland ride marked by blue-topped posts.
- The south boundary (EF) is the field edge fence.
- The west boundary (FG) is a woodland ride marked by white-topped posts.
The sporting rights are owned and included in the sale. They are not let.
The mineral rights are reserved to a previous owner.
Rights Of Way
- There is a right of access for all purposes to the property over the track ABCD.
- A right of access is reserved to others over the track DG.
- Maintenance of all shared tracks is according to use.
- There are no public rights of way within the wood.
There are no known fencing obligations.
Third Party Rights
An overage provision exists until 6th September 2020 whereby 50% of the increase of the value of the land attributable to securing planning permission for any change of use will be payable to the Coal Authority.
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.