Gillots Wood, Brancepeth, Co Durham. A useful block of maturing conifers with good access. 8.97 acres for £135,000 (freehold) [#A2140]
Maturing pine on level ground with extensive internal infrastructure and excellent amenity.
DL15 9AR (This is for the local area, not specific to the woodland).
Woodland entrance (A): ///candy.deduct.ferrying
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Ordnance Survey Grid References
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 104
- Woodland Entrance (A): NZ 192 392
- Centre of Wood: NZ 192 391
Gillots occupies a level site on the northern edge of a larger conifer woodland overlooking farmland in an attractive rural location. The charming hamlet of Brancepeth is two miles to the east and Durham is 5 miles further. The proximity of the A1(M) some twenty minutes away enables ready access from Newcastle and the south.
Nestled within a larger wood, Gillots enjoys shelter and excellent access. The crop is predominantly production-phase Scots pine along with smaller areas of Sitka spruce and a scattering of larch. The stems are generally of good form with the promise of some decent timber.
The wood is pockmarked with several small glades. These provide an elegant contrast to the conifers with shafts of light, fringing broadleaves and young regenerating stems. Birch is the main species but you will also find beech, rowan, sycamore and willow along with woody shrubs like holly and hazel. A few planted oak, yew and chestnut complete the picture.
The woodland floor is a mix of soft grasses, blaeberry and ferns plus a few pockets of bracken. There is a small pond on the east side of the wood.
Access is excellent thanks to a woodland floor largely free of entangling vegetation, smooth level terrain, and plenty of rides, all of which makes for ease of future management. There is a generous open area just inside the northeast entrance which provides plentiful parking and an on-site location for timber processing.
The wood was previously used for bushcraft training and consequently contains a number of huts and other structures in various states of repair. There is also a block of three containers providing secure storage and housing two earth toilets.
Gillots offers a remarkably diverse palette. The future owner will have plenty of management options and the prospect of much enjoyment.
If It Were Mine
Gillots Wood has previously been used for forest school, bushcraft, and adventure training and thanks to the existing infrastructure it lends itself to a continuation of similar activities if desired with the appropriate consents.
Equally it would make a lovely private woodland for quiet enjoyment. The silviculturalist will also find plenty of interest with production-phase crops promising a useful volume of timber from thinning the conifers.
I would want to spend many an evening round a campfire in one of the glades.
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
- The small village of Brancepeth is about 5 miles southwest of Durham on the A690.
- From the centre of Brancepeth head northwest on the minor road named ‘The Village’ (which later becomes Wolsingham Road and then Sandy Lonnen).
- Continue for exactly 2 miles to arrive at the entrance to the wood on your left (shortly after a track off to your right).
- The woodland entrance is the metal gate with a Woods4Sale sign (A). There is a layby (also with a Woods4Sale sign) 30 metres further west.
- The north boundary (AD) is the stone wall adjacent to the public road.
- All other boundaries (ABCD) are the inner edge of the surrounding rides and tracks.
The sporting rights are owned and included in the sale. They are not let.
The mineral rights are excluded from the sale.
Rights Of Way
- Access is taken directly off the adjacent public road at A.
- A right of access exists over all the tracks and rides bordering the property (ABCD).
- A shared maintenance clause covers all shared rights of way with liability according to use.
- There are no public rights of way within the property.
There are no known fencing liabilities.
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
- Please confirm how you will be funding the purchase and that you have cleared funds available
- 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.