Pottsden Wood, Stocksfield, Northumberland. An extensive and private broadleaf woodland half an hour from Newcastle city centre. 14.13 acres for £87,500 (freehold) [#A1683]
A mosaic of mature hardwoods, woody shrubs and open ground on gentle slopes with good access.
Pottsden Wood lies on the bright southern edge of a substantial broadleaf woodland known as Hyons Wood, two miles southwest 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 level and gently-sloping ground bisected by a few shallow gullies, some of which carry seasonal water-flows. The terrain is also pock-marked with indentations – the only evidence that this area was actively mined until the middle of the last century. It is now a green haven occupied by deer, badgers and a wide variety of birds.
The wooded areas are primarily composed of mature birch within which are a number of oak, beech and ash. There are also a few alder, rowan and willow especially on the northern fringes. The sub-canopy is dominated by hazel, hawthorn and holly bushes along with patches of gorse. There are also several open glades of varying size making Pottsden a bright and airy property.
The wood is served via a well-found stone track that leads to a private parking spur at the west end of the wood. There is a secondary (unsurfaced) access leading to the east side.
This sizeable and private property offers a wide range of future projects to the incoming owner, while demanding very little in the way of immediate management requirements.
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 varied vegetation cover in Pottsden offers plenty of scope for diversifying the habitat. I’d look to control the bracken in the open areas which would not only enhance amenity but would also allow a development of the herb layer beneath. I’d also free the young oak where overshadowed by larger stems.
Planting a variety of native trees and shrubs would enrich the habitat and I might also take advantage of the seasonal streams to create a pond or two. The larger size of Pottsden also invites a little rough shooting with plenty of pigeon and the occasional pheasant and woodcock.
Family recreation days, evening BBQs and overnight camps are definitely on the menu. I stayed overnight when surveying the wood – blissful! Whatever your inclination there’s no shortage of management and recreation options here.
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) cross the hardstanding and then take the first hard track up to your right (C) heading south into a wooded area.
- Continue for about 500 metres to the end of the hard track (D).
- Pottsden Wood is now ahead of you.
Pottsden Wood is almost a mile from the public road. A bicycle may assist viewing access.
- The northwest boundary (DE) is marked by a line of orange-topped posts.
- The east boundary (EF) is the east side of the unsurfaced track indicated by blue-topped posts which may be off set by a short distance.
- The southeast and southwest boundaries (FGHJD) are the field edge stock fences.
- Note: The title technically extends southwest of the fence GHJ into the adjacent field as indicated on the plan. The stated sale acreage in these particulars excludes this area (which measures 0.34 acres).
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 routes XABCD and CKE.
- 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.
- Note: The unsurfaced track KEF is close to and overlies a main gas pipeline. Vehicular use should be checked with Northern Gas Networks. The main stoned track crossing at K has been re-enforced.
There are no known fencing liabilities.
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. 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.