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Sprocket Wood, Ockley, near Dorking, Surrey. 0.5 acres of mature broadleaved woodland within a Site of Special Scientific Interest. £15,000 (freehold) [#S2208]


A beautiful Ancient Woodland containing oak, ash and hazel coppice along the banks of a stream, with many recreational possibilities, 35 miles south of London.




0.5 acres




£15,000 (freehold)

Nearest Postcode

RH5 5NW (This is for the local area, not specific to the woodland).


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Ordnance Survey Grid References

OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 187  

  • Roadside gate (A): TQ 158 387  
  • Centre of wood: TQ 153 391


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Sprocket Wood forms part of a larger Ancient Woodland area and is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). It is situated between Dorking in rural Surrey, and Horsham in West Sussex.  The woodland is a short distance from the delightful historic village of Ockley.  Although there is a legal vehicular right of way to the woodland, it is currently largely only accessible on foot.

Situated on sloping fertile loamy clay soils, the mature canopy predominately comprises ash, oak and willow. Within the shrub layer below you will find hazel coppice, hawthorn, holly and birch. Just beyond the northwestern boundary the wood overlooks a lovely babbling stream, with further woodland beyond.

Indicative of Sprocket’s Ancient Woodland status, in the warmer months the ground layer comes alive with flora such as bluebell, wood anemone, primrose and red campion. A gastropod Ancient Woodland indicator - the lemon slug - was also seen during our visit. Great wood-rush and swan’s-neck thyme-moss are also prolific.

Characteristic of a SSSI woodland, there is a rich wildlife population. Fauna and birdlife include roe deer, badger, fox, pygmy shrew, green woodpecker, mandarin duck and sparrowhawk. Many acoustic songsters can also be heard throughout this pleasant wood.

Sprocket Wood offers vast scope for recreation with a number of spots that would make good areas to camp and hone bushcraft skills.

If It Were Mine

A rope swing hung off a sturdy tree limb would be my first plan of action. Perhaps a couple of barrow loads of firewood could be a consideration. I would certainly clear an area close to the stream for an overnighting location, this could be a wonderful place to start the day.

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

  • From Horsham, travel north along the A24 to the Clark’s Green Roundabout (about 4½ miles north of Horsham).
  • From this roundabout head continue north on the A24 for 500 metres and take the first turning left onto the B2126 Coles Lane, signed for Ockley.
  • Drive down this road for 800 metres, passing under the railway at Ockley Station, and then turn left into Weare Street.
  • Continue down Weare Street passing a large pond on your left.
  • After 1.3 miles you will arrive at a gated entrance on the right set back off the lane with box hedge and a decorative blue iron gate with pink wagon wheels (point A on the plan below). There is also a green barn behind the hedge.
  • Please park in a suitable safe place off the road not obstructing the entrance or through traffic.
  • Climb over the gate (sorry we do not provide codes for viewings) and continue along the track passing the green barn on the right and a turning on the left about 35 metres after.
  • At the bottom of the track after 200 metres, turn left (point B) and follow the blue arrows on trees, passing a pond on the right.
  • After 300 metres, turn right (point C) and head north following the occasional blue arrow on trees where the path follows down and over a stream.
  • Continue up the opposite side and rejoin the rush covered track, following the blue arrows.
  • After 200 metres, cross over a track (point D) and continue for a further 125 metres and turn right, (point E).
  • Continue for 20 metres and you will arrive at Sprocket Wood (point F) on the left, indicated by red paint on occasional trees and wooden posts and our Woods4Sale sign on a tree with a yellow triangle below.


  • The northwestern boundary is the top of the stream bank, indicated by red paint on occasional trees and wooden posts, with the stream and further woodland beyond.
  • The northeastern boundary is indicated by red paint on occasional trees and wooden posts.
  • The southeastern boundary is the centre of the track, indicated by red paint on occasional trees and wooden posts set back from the track.
  • The southwestern boundary is indicated by red paint on occasional trees and wooden posts.

Sporting Rights

The sporting rights are owned and included in the sale. They are not let.

Mineral Rights

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 for all purposes over the route ABCDEF
  • A right of way is reserved over the route FG for the benefit of the woodland beyond.
  • There are no public rights of way within this woodland.
  • A maintenance clause covers all the shared rights of way with liability according to use.

Fencing Liabilities

There is a positive fencing covenant on both the southeast and southwest boundary, however this does not appear to have been exercised.

Conservation Designations

The woodland is part of a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), please click on the link below for details.

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Restrictive Covenants

A Conveyance dated 30 January 1930 states that the new owners cannot build a temporary shelter for habitation nor carry out noisy, noxious or offensive trades, business or manufacture of anything which may be an injury to or render less value to the adjoining land.

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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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.

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Phone: 01248 364 362
Company Number: 4657216.

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