Craws Wood, Stocksfield, Northumberland. Mixed mature broadleaf woodland within a larger gated wood. 9.55 acres for £78,000 (freehold) [#A1687]
A range of species and ages on near-level ground with excellent access.
Craws Wood lies near the heart 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.
Lying near the base of a shallow valley, Craws has a very gentle northern aspect above the Stanley Burn, a tributary of the River Tyne. A former mining area, the last coal left here some 70 years ago, since which time nature has progressively reclaimed the territory in convincing fashion. Roe deer, badgers and foxes all live here, as do a range of woodland songsters in the woodland canopy above. The mew of buzzards is often heard in the day and the hoot of tawny owls at night.
Mature birch is scattered across the wood within which a number of full-canopy oak and beech find shelter, plus a few sycamore and willow. Beneath this is a scattered shrub layer of hawthorn, holly, hazel and gorse along with a number of younger oak trees. The woodland floor is composed of soft grasses, ferns, honeysuckle, foxglove and a variety of woodland flowers along with patches of bracken in the more open areas. There are a number of small glades across the wood.
The wood is served by a well-found stone track that leads to a private parking spur on the north side of the wood. A secondary access in the form of an unsurfaced track runs down the east boundary.
A generous acreage, good access, level terrain and a healthy variety of trees makes Craws an appealing prospect.
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
I’d control the bracken and perhaps restock some of the open space with a wider variety of native trees and shrubs.
A previous owner cleared a glade near the middle of the wood, curiously leaving 2 metre high birch stumps. I’d fell these to create a delightful wild camp site (and use the birch for the first season’s fires).
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 provide 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 cross the hardstanding forking at C onto the main track for 450 metres until you see a row of blue-topped posts off to your right (D).
- Craws Wood is on your right after this point.
Craws Wood is a fair distance from the public road. A bicycle may assist viewing access.
- The north boundary (DE) is the south side of the main track.
- The east boundary (EF) is the east side of the unsurfaced track indicated by blue-topped posts.
- The south boundary (FG) is marked by orange-topped posts.
- The west boundary (GH) is marked by white-topped posts, and (HD) by blue-topped posts.
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 XABCDE.
- A right of access to others is reserved to others over the route EF.
- 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.
- The unsurfaced track EF is close to and overlies a main gas pipeline. Vehicular use should be checked with Northern Gas Networks. The main stoned track crossing the pipe at E has been reinforced.
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 until 2036.
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.