Bearsden Wood, Widdrington, Northumberland. Mixed broadleaves in the heart of a larger gated woodland 20 minutes north of Morpeth. 2.64 acres freehold for £29,000 [#A1520]
A mature and secluded oak-dominated woodland with excellent access.
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 81
Ordnance Survey Grid References:
- Entrance off public road (X): NZ 227 946
- Centre of wood: NZ 214 933
Nearest postcode: NE61 5DW
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.
Bearsden Wood lies at the heart of a larger woodland which is at the end of a long well-made track and surrounded by rolling farmland. Rothbury is about 20 minutes to the north and Morpeth a similar distance to the south. Newcastle is about 45 minutes by car.
The woodland is generally level with one or two small slopes within. It is well sheltered by surrounding woodland to all sides. Tranquillity is pretty much assured in this private location, and the wider woodland has become something of a refuge for wildlife. Deer, badgers, hares and bats are all resident and the wood is invariably alive with birdsong. We also saw pheasant and woodcock and heard lapwing and curlew in adjacent fields.
Much of the wood is under full-canopied oaks. Between these ancient stems you will also find hazel, elder, rowan, willow, birch, holly and the occasional ash. The woodland floor is variously composed of soft grasses, ferns and a variety of wild flowers such as bluebell, greater stitchwort and dog’s mercury. There are a few light patches of bracken.
The woods are served by a substantial and well-proven track from the public road. This connects with a newly constructed track in the wider woodland suitable for 2WD, leading to a private parking spur at the east corner of Bearsden Wood.
This wood is all about habitat and amenity. The woodlander with a conservation mind-set will find much to appreciate.
If It Were Mine
I might enlarge a glade near the centre to make a secluded locus for camping and quiet enjoyment. Sadly the few ash on site are (like in many places) suffering die-back. I would harvest these soon for the hearth – the best firewood there is! And I’d flail the bracken patches. In the longer term I would fell the occasional stem and replant (with native broadleaves of course!) to diversify the age stricture.
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 north out of Morpeth on the A197.
- One mile after Ulgham (and just before entering the village of Widdrington Station), turn left onto the unclassified road signed for Stobswood and Felton.
- Drive for exactly one mile to arrive at a metal field gate next to a lone ash tree on your left. Park in the parking area opposite, clear of all gates.
- Walk or cycle south on the track (marked as a Restricted Byway) for 500 metres, then turn first right (Y), shortly after a length of wooden railing over a culvert.
- Continue west for 1,000 metres and then take the first left turn (Z).
- Continue south for a further 500 metres then turn right (A at the corner of young woodland), then left after 120 metres onto the new stone track at B.
- Walk round the wooden gate at B and follow the track ahead for 250 metres to enter the mature woodland at C.
- Continue straight ahead on the track for 30 metres until you see a track junction off to the right (D).
- Bearsden Wood is on your right after this point.
Please note that we do not give out keys for viewing.
N.B. Bearsden Wood is 1½ miles from the public road. A bicycle would greatly assist viewing.
- The northeast boundary (DE) is the southwest side of the track.
- The south boundary (EF) is marked by orange-topped posts, and (FG) by blue-topped posts adjacent to a stand of conifers.
- The west boundary (DG) is west side of the track.
The sporting rights are owned and included in the sale. They are not let.
The mineral rights are owned and included 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 route XYZABCDE.
- A right of way is reserved to others over the route DG.
- A shared maintenance clause covers all the shared rights of way, with liability according to use.
- There are no public rights of way in the woodland.
There are no fencing obligations.
Third Party Rights
An overage (clawback) agreement ending in 2044 exists whereby 20% of the increase in the value of the land attributable to securing planning permission for use or development (other than for agriculture or forestry) is payable to a previous owner.
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.