Winterhill Wood, Cookham Dean, near Windsor. 2.5 acres of ancient yew and mixed broadleaf woodland for £20,000 (freehold) [#S1086]
An exceptional yew dominated ancient woodland overlooking the River Thames with fantastic potential and easily accessible from London and the south east.
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 175.
Ordnance Survey Grid References:
- Parking location: SU 871 861 (A on the map).
- Woodland access point: SU 868 859 (C on the map).
- Centre of wood: SU 867 859.
- Nearest postcode: SL6 9TT.
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.
Just south of the historic and picturesque town of Marlow, Winterhill Wood is in an unparalleled position overlooking the River Thames. Nestled on a fertile north facing limestone outcrop amongst the beautiful Berkshire hills, within the prestigious Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead this unique and ideally located deciduous Ancient Woodland is just 4 miles south of the M40.
North of the attractive village of Cookham Dean, the property is easily accessed via a footpath that runs along the southern edge of the wood. There is additionally a second access point along Gibraltar Lane via a bridle way. Approaching the woodland, the occasional gentle sound of boats can be heard along one of the quieter stretches of the River Thames.
The woodland compromises an unusually generous amount of yew, often associated with lime rich soils commonly found in the area. Other tree species include hazel coppice and holly in the understory with impressive ash, sycamore, hornbeam and beech in the upper. This lush woodland is alive with an array of ground flora including wild rose, hart’s tongue and lady fern as well as rare fungi such as dog stinkhorn. Birds known to the area include the great spotted woodpecker and coal tit.
Views of the Thames, Marlow and the countryside beyond can be enjoyed from various locations at the top of the woodland. There are also several idyllic locations within the woodland, such as interesting hollows and canopy openings where a weekend’s camping could possibly be taken advantage of as well as practicing bushcraft and woodlore.
The woodland is subject to a Tree Preservation Order (TPO). This does not prevent normal woodland management operations, including felling. It simply means that the agreement of the local Tree Officer must be obtained prior to certain management activities.
If It Were Mine
The woodland has not been actively managed in more recent times, so I would enhance the bio diverse nature of the site and its unique amount of yew. In addition to this, one could also run a fungal foray for the local community in the autumn months.
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
- From M40 Junction 4 (Marlow/Haslemere), drive south on the A404 towards Maidenhead for 4.2 miles.
- At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit sign posted to Bisham Temple.
- Continue on this road for just under a mile then turn right onto Quarry Wood Road (there is a letterbox on the right as well as a brown sign pointing to Longridge).
- Continue along Quarry Wood Road and driving underneath the A404, the road will bear right after approximately half a mile.
- Stay on this road following the sharp left and right-hand bends.
- As the road plateaus, you will be met with two large black and white chequered signs. Bear to the left, and the road will also immediately fork off to the left onto Winter Hill.
- Follow this narrow lane for just under half a mile and park on the gravel car park (A).
- From the car park, walk west along the footpath back towards point B for approximately 130 metres where a you will come to a residential gravel drive.
- Follow the gravel drive down to the left for roughly 50 metres and fork to the right-hand side of the residential gates heading towards point C along the footpath.
- Keeping the high wall on your left, follow the footpath for 100 metres and you will arrive at an old metal fence post marked by pink paint (point C).
- The northwest boundary is the outside of the public bridle way, marked by a green net fence with pink paint in places.
- The southwest boundary is marked by an old metal fence in need of repair and marked with pink paint.
- The northeast boundary is marked by an old metal fence marked in pink paint and also includes part of the footpath and bridle way.
- The southeast boundary is the inside of the footpath followed by the outside of the footpath marked with pink paint.
We believe that the full sporting rights are included and not let.
We believe that the mineral rights are included except were reserved by statute.
Rights Of Way
- The current owners have accessed the woodland on foot by parking at point A.
- We are informed that a right of way may also be granted between point D and E but this requires legal confirmation.
- There is a public footpath on the southeast boundary and the bridle way on the northwest boundary.
We are not aware of any fencing liabilities.
Tree Preservation Order
The woodland is subject to a Tree Preservation Order (TPO), reference no. 1 of 1951, W2. This does not prevent woodland management activities. Further advice is available from The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead.
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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Maps & Plans
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.