Darling Wood, near Guildford, Surrey. 2.65 acres of magnificent conifer woodland with vehicular access, 35 miles from London. £40,000 (freehold) [#S1657]
A beautiful Scots pine woodland with a dash of broadleaves and lots of potential in a semi-rural location, 8 miles from junction 4 of the M3.
GU3 2DX (This is for the local area, not specific to the woodland).
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Ordnance Survey Grid References
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 186
- Roadside gate: SU 935 531
- Centre of wood: SU 938 533
Darling Wood is a delightful woodland lying 6 miles west of Guildford in semi-rural Surrey and is part of a wider gated forested area known as Leapingbar Copse.
The mature canopy is situated on level sandy loamy soils and largely comprises majestic Scots pine, one of three indigenous British conifers. This species is especially well suited to woodland in the south east of England and consists of clear narrow-ringed timber, useful for joinery. Many of the stems in this woodland are of terrific form. In addition, there is a number of broadleaves towards the northwest boundary including sweet chestnut and oak. There is a lush collage of colourful rhododendron, birch and holly in the shrub layer below. A new owner could mill a Scots pine on site for a carpentry project at home, as well as producing fuel for a log burner, making use of the valid Forestry Commission thinning licence.
During spring, occasional patches of primrose, foxglove and heather embellish the ground layer; some heather could be picked and dried to make tea. Just within the northwest boundary are the relics of a historical military track (from nearby Pirbright Barracks), this was likely to have been used for hauling heavy artillery.
Common woodland guests include deer – both muntjac and roe, field mouse, rabbit, badger, fox, little owl, redpoll, woodpecker and a range of tuneful songbirds.
Darling Wood is navigable year-round with a 2WD vehicle and represents a lovely opportunity for a weekend woodsman with a young family.
There is an Article 4 direction on the wider woodland including Darling Wood which means that permitted development rights which normally apply for any improvement to, or installation of, gates/fences/walls have been removed and full planning permission should be sought.
If It Were Mine
Bushcraft would most certainly feature - there is ample material to hand. I could definitely see myself camping under the stars here on occasion. I would set about gathering some logs for the hearth, maybe a chestnut or two.
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.
This video is of the larger woodland as a whole and is not representative of any specific part of the woodland.
Directions & Access
- From Guildford travel west along the A323 towards Aldershot, passing The Cricketers pub and Silvesters Fairlands Garage.
- After 3 miles turn right at the forked junction with a grass island and bus stop in the middle of it, onto Cobbett Hill Road.
- Continue along Cobbett Hill Road passing a large gated residential entrance set back on the left and a number of large satellite dishes on the right.
- After 0.8 miles turn left onto the A324 towards Ash and Aldershot.
- Continue along the A324 for 0.3 miles to the roundabout, taking the first left for Henley Business Park.
- Almost immediately after the roundabout you will see a wooden five bar gate on the left and our Woods4Sale sign attached to it (point A on the plan below).
- Please park in a suitable safe place neither obstructing the gate nor through traffic (sorry we do not provide keys for viewings).
- Climb the gate and continue along the track through the Scots pine woodland passing two log bridges on the right.
- After 395 metres you will arrive at the woodland on the left (point B) indicated by green, yellow and white paint on a wooden post.
- The northwest boundary is the barbed wire fence with the road beyond.
- The northeast boundary is indicated by red paint on occasional wooden posts and trees.
- The southwest boundary is indicated by white paint on occasional wooden post and trees.
- The southeast boundary is the outside edge of the track indicated by green paint on occasional wooden posts that may be off-set by a short distance.
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 at all times and for all purposes over the route AB.
- A right of way is reserved over the route BC for the benefit of the woodland beyond.
- There are no public rights of way in this woodland.
- A maintenance clause covers all the shared rights of way with liability according to use.
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 (please ensure you are in a position to fund the purchase 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
- The full contact details of the solicitor who has been instructed
Please click on the button below for more information.
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.