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Wilk’s Covert, Esh, Co Durham. 3.68 acres of mixed maturing woodland in the Deerness Valley for £34,000 (freehold) [#A982]


A sheltered stand of pine and mixed hardwoods with a generous area of hard-standing and car access just 4 miles west of Durham.


County Durham


3.68 acres




£34,000 (freehold)


OS Landranger map: Sheet 88

National Grid Ref:

- Access point A: NZ 206 427.

- Woodland gate C: NZ 202 434.

- Centre of wood: NZ 199 433.

Nearest postcode: DH7 9QD.

This postcode will take you to the local area but may not take you to the woodland. You will need to use the location plan and directions as well.


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Wilk’s Covert lies on near-level ground with a gentle southern aspect on the north side of a private gated woodland. The historic city of Durham is just 4 miles to the east and the A1 is 15 minutes away giving easy access from north and south.

The majority of the crop is production phase Scots pine within which is an appealing mix of scattered broadleaves including birch, rowan, sycamore and oak. There are also a few willow and alder on the southern edge. The northern fringes are more lightly stocked and have a greater percentage of broadleaves beneath which are grassy glades decked (when we viewed) with hues of blue and white thanks to drifts of bluebells and wood sorrel.

Wilk’s Covert and the adjacent woodland has become something of a sanctuary for wildlife being a fair distance from the public road and not having any public access. Roe deer are regularly seen in the glades while scrapes and tracks reveal the presence of badgers. We saw buzzards wheeling above and heard tawny owls as evening fell. Bats appreciate the hunting afforded by the adjacent pond and there is the usual array of vocal woodland songsters. 

The wood benefits from recently upgraded 2WD access track which connects to a generous area of hard standing at the southeast corner. The track has been well proven in previous harvesting operations which, in conjunction with the internal racks in the wood, will facilitate future thinning operations.

Wilk’s Covert has broad appeal combining active management opportunities with a fair degree of sylvan charm. Work, rest, or play - you choose!

If It Were Mine

Early work would include dismantling the old pheasant release pen and clearing vegetation from the ditches. Thereafter I would maintain a light thinning regime in the pine, favouring hardwoods where possible.

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 from Durham on the A690.
  • After about a mile turn right at the roundabout onto the B6302 signed for Ushaw Moor.
  • Continue on this road (passing through Ushaw Moor on the way) for exactly 3 miles until you come to a minor crossroads (signed for Broadgate Farm to the left).
  • Continue on the B6302 for just under half a mile more, to a bus stop on your right, adjacent to a farm track (A on the plan). The farm track is also marked as a public footpath.
  • Please park here safely, without causing any obstruction to the farm track entrance.
  • Please note that viewing access is on foot only from the public road. There is strictly no vehicular access or parking on the farm track or at the farm buildings, both of which are separately owned.
  • Walk 550 metres up to the farm (B) and continue on the public footpath through two steel barriers and then a further 200 metres to the woodland entrance (C) on your left (a third steel barrier).
  • Walk along the main woodland track for about 350 metres until you come to a right hand bend with an area of hard standing to your right (D).
  • Wilk’s Covert is on your right after this point.

Please note we do not give out keys for viewing. Purchasers will be given keys for vehicular access on completion of purchase.


  • The north boundary (FG) is the field edge fence.
  • The east boundary (DG) is a ditch indicated by offset blue-topped posts.
  • The south boundary (DE) is the north side of the hard track.
  • The west boundary (EF) is marked by red-topped posts.

Sporting Rights

The sporting rights are included. They are not let.

Mineral Rights

The mineral rights are reserved to a previous owner.

Rights Of Way

  • There is a right of access for all purposes to the property over the track ABCDE.
  • Maintenance of all shared tracks is according to use.
  • There are no public rights of way within the wood.

Fencing Liabilities

There are no known fencing obligations.

Third Party Rights:

An overage provision exists until 6th September 2020 whereby 50% of the increase of the value of the land attributable to securing planning permission for any change of use will be payable to the Coal Authority.

Restrictive Covenants

There are some restrictive covenants to protect the woodland and the environment. Please click on the button below to view these.

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How To Buy

A visit to the woodland is essential before you confirm that you wish to buy it. We reserve the right to refuse to sell any woodland to purchasers who have not been to see it first.

This property is being sold on a Fixed Price basis. Once you have decided that you want to buy a woodland, you need to confirm this with us as soon as possible. Our policy is not to negotiate on price. The advertised price is the sale price. However, once you have written to us confirming that you want to buy a woodland, we will take the woodland off the market and we will not accept any other offer.

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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 Interest

Woods4Sale Ltd hereby give notice under section 21 of the Estate Agents Act 1979 of their interest in the land being sold.

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