Whitton Copse, Stocksfield, Northumberland. Secluded broadleaf woodland at the end of a private track just half an hour from Newcastle city centre. 1.41 acres for £17,500 (freehold) [#A1585]
An attractive mix of mature and maturing hardwoods on gently sloping ground with good access.
NE42 5PD (This is for the local area, not specific to the woodland).
Ordnance Survey Grid References
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 88
- Entrance (A): NZ 082 611
- Centre of wood: NZ 088 600
Whitton Copse lies on the bright southern side of a large wooded area known as Hyons Wood, two miles south 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.
The wood occupies modest north-facing slopes in a shallow valley above the Stanley Burn, a tributary of the Tyne. It is served by a well-found 2WD track which links to a private parking spur at the east corner of the property.
The wood is essentially composed of well-spaced mature birch punctuated by a few mature oaks. Occasional sycamore, rowan and hazel are scattered within the stands, and a few large beech stems with a cohort of younger ones beneath stand sentinel at the east corner of the wood.
Thanks to the larger surrounding woodland (over 200 acres) there’s plenty of resident wildlife within and adjacent to Whitton. We saw tree-creepers and nuthatches during our visit along with the usual woodland songsters, and heard tawny owls calling at dusk. Badgers, foxes and roe dear are also frequent visitors.
This attractive and undemanding wood will appeal to the amenity buyer looking for tranquillity in a modest-sized package while enjoying many of the benefits of a much larger woodland.
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.
If It Were Mine
The first job would be to control the bracken. I’d avoid using chemicals in this environment – hand flailing over two or three seasons should knock it back. I might then look at removing the sycamore (a non-native) and planting any resultant gaps with native fruiting species for the birds.
I overnighted here when inspecting the wood…and thoroughly recommend it!
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). Sorry we do not give out keys for viewings.
- 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 then take the first hard track up to your right (C) heading south into the wider woodland.
- Continue for 430 metres until you see a row of orange-topped posts off to your left (D).
- Whitton Copse is on your left after this point.
Whitton Copse is almost a mile from the public road. A bicycle may assist viewing access.
- The northwest boundary (DG) is marked by a line of orange-topped posts.
- The east boundary (FG) is the east side of the adjacent track indicated periodically by blue-topped posts, which may be offset by a short distance.
- The south boundary (EF) is the field-edge stock fence.
- The southwest boundary (DE) is the south side of the hard track indicated periodically by white-topped posts, which may be offset by a short distance.
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 for all purposes over the track ABCD.
- A right of way is reserved to others over the route DEF.
- A shared maintenance clause covers all shared rights of way with liability according to use.
- There are no public rights of way in the wood.
There is an obligation to maintain the field edge boundary fence (EF on the plan).
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 have funds in place 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
- Confirmation of how you will fund the purchase
- The full contact details of your instructed solicitor (including name of company, contact name, email address, telephone number and full address)
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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.