Crackle Wood, near Maidstone, Kent. 3.24 acres of lovely Ancient Woodland with a pond, large oak, ash and bluebells with private access along a hard track. £36,000 (freehold) [#S1266]
A delightful mixed broadleaf woodland and seasonal pond in semi-rural Kent with oak standards, mature ash coppice and hazel with good vehicular access. Located 2 miles from junction 8 of the M20.
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 188
Ordnance Survey Grid References:
- Roadside gate: TQ 844 540
- Centre of wood: TQ 845 538
Nearest postcode: ME17 1QG
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.
Formerly part of the Leeds Castle Estate, Crackle Wood is within a wider Ancient Woodland known as Warren Wood and lies a short drive east of Maidstone in semi-rural Kent.
Situated on very gentle slopes and standing among loam over clay soils, the wood primarily consists of mature ash coppice and majestic oak standards with a lush hazel coppice shrub layer below. A number of areas also include promising ash regeneration and mature birch. Making use of the Forestry Commission thinning licence currently in place, a new owner could draw up a management plan for the regenerating ash to supply a future fuel stock. Wild flowers cover the ground layer during spring, including carpets of bluebell (an Ancient Woodland indicator), red campion, primrose and wood anemone.
A delightful seasonal pond lies towards the northwest boundary, this would make a great location to camp out during warmer months, perhaps using a little of the ash for a camp fire.
A diverse range of wildlife roam amongst the tree stems, including badger, fallow deer, fox, adder and the occasional frog. Feathered visitors are plentiful; the sound of eager woodpeckers and the call of buzzards can be heard as well as owl and many tuneful songbird species echoing throughout the trees.
Crackle Wood is accessed by a private hard surfaced track navigable with a 2WD car. This delightful copse offers numerous opportunities for recreation and light woodland management.
If It Were Mine
My first port of call would be to clear an area near the seasonal pond for a camping and bushcraft area. Many of the trees lend themselves perfectly for a hammock to be hung between them, perfect for overnighting by a cosy fire. Being a keen woodsman, I would carefully choose a few ash trees (possibly some of the birch too) for firewood both for home and camp fires.
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 junction 8 of the M20, head southeast on the A20 towards Lenham and Leeds Castle.
- Passing the Mercure Hotel on the right, take the second exit off the roundabout and continue on the A20 towards Lenham and Herrietsham.
- Shortly after, take the first exit off the roundabout and continue along the A20.
- After half a mile, turn left just after the Park Gate Inn pub on the right, onto Hospital Road.
- Continue along the lane passing under the motorway and bear left, crossing a railway bridge after 90 metres.
- Bear right and continue along Hospital Road passing a white cottage on the left.
- After 480 metres, you will arrive at a black security bar gate on the right, indicated by an orange X and a Woods4Sale sign on a tree (point A on the plan below).
- Please park in a suitable safe place off the road not obstructing through traffic. Sorry we do not provide keys for viewings.
- Climb under the security bar and continue along the stone track for 143 metres and you will arrive at a short green and red painted wooden post (point B), where the woodland begins on the right.
- The northeast boundary is indicated by green paint on wooden posts and trees.
- The southeast boundary is indicated by blue paint on wooden posts and trees.
- The southwest boundary is indicated by orange paint on wooden posts and trees.
- The northwest boundary is indicated by red paint on wooden posts and trees.
The sporting rights are owned and included in the sale. They are not let.
The mineral rights are owned and included in the sale except as reserved by statute.
Rights Of Way
- There is a right of way granted for all times and all purposes over the route AB on the plan below.
- A right of way is reserved over the route BC for the benefit of the woodland beyond.
- A shared maintenance clause covers all the rights of way with liability according to use.
- There are no public rights of way in this woodland.
- An easement exists for a water supply pipe between point DE on the plan. Please see the Restrictive Covenants section for further information.
There are no known fencing obligations.
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:
- 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
- The full contact details of the solicitor who has been instructed
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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.
Woods4Sale Ltd hereby give notice under section 21 of the Estate Agents Act 1979 of their interest in the land being sold.