Druridge Wood, Widdrington, Northumberland. Young mixed broadleaves 20 minutes north of Morpeth. 7.1 acres freehold for £49,000 [#A1654]
A young broadleaf plantation with wide views over the surrounding countryside.
NE61 5DW (This is for the local area, not specific to the woodland).
Roadside entrance: ///outlawing.couriers.proven
Centre of wood: ///outraged.unheated.boils
Ordnance Survey Grid References
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 81
- Entrance off public road (X): NZ 227 946
- Centre of wood: NZ 214 935
Druridge Wood lies at the northeast corner of a larger broadleaf plantation and is surrounded by rolling farmland and other woodland. Rothbury is about 20 minutes to the north and Morpeth a similar distance to the south. Newcastle is about 45 minutes by car.
Looking across this rural landscape it is hard to believe that the woodland and extensive areas around it were formerly an open-cast coal site, the plantation being part of a land remediation plan dating from 2017. The trees and shrubs, planted in individual tree tubes, are all native to Britain and include oak, silver birch, alder, ash and rowan, along with shrub species like holly, guelder rose, hawthorn, hazel and blackthorn. A maturing hawthorn hedge shelters the north side.
As this young wood matures it should prove increasingly attractive to the fauna and flora that has found refuge in the mature woodland to the south. Served by a well-found hard track, it will no doubt also prove equally attractive to the purchaser for whom it will provide an excellent locus for quiet recreation and enjoyment.
Young woods are one of the most affordable ways into woodland ownership. The new owner will have the opportunity of watching and shaping the development of this secluded and attractive plantation.
If It Were Mine
Deer have browsed a few of the young trees down to tube height so I’d add net extensions to protect them. I’d also replant any trees and shrubs that have failed and perhaps enrich with further species of native shrub. Spot weeding the smaller trees would greatly hasten their establishment.
As the trees mature I might clear a small secluded grove towards the east side to create a private space for camping and BBQs.
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 and park on the clearing on the right side of the road opposite double gates onto a hard track (X on the plan).
- The gate is adjacent to a lone ash tree (sorry we do not provide keys for viewings).
- Walk south between open fields on the track for 500 metres, then turn first right (Y – shortly after some 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 to where the main track bends right (A) at the northeast corner of a young plantation in tubes. This is Druridge Wood.
Druridge Wood is about 2 kms from the public road. A bicycle will greatly assist viewing.
Please ensure all gates are left closed.
- The north boundary (AD) is the field edge stock fence.
- The east boundary (AB) is effectively the edge of the plantation. The precise title boundary is anomalous on this edge, weaving between the plantation edge and the adjacent field fence to the east.
- The south boundary (BC) is the line of an old stock fence at the edge of mature woodland.
- The west boundary (CD) is the east side of the hard track.
- The short boundary at C is defined by orange-topped posts.
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 XYZA and DC.
- A right of way is reserved to others over the route AD.
- A shared maintenance clause covers all the shared rights of way, with liability according to use.
- Public footpaths run along both the north and south fringes of the wood as indicated on the plan.
There are no known fencing obligations.
Druridge Wood forms a part of the Stobswood Restoration and Aftercare Plan. The relevant section (pages 11-13) can be viewed on the link below.
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 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)
Please click on the button below for more information.
Maps & Plans
Plans, areas and particulars are for reference only. We cannot guarantee their accuracy and they do not form a part of any contract. Prospective purchasers must satisfy themselves as to the condition of the land.
Woods4Sale Ltd hereby give notice under section 21 of the Estate Agents Act 1979 of their interest in the land being sold.