Keepscombe Wood, Looe, Cornwall. Mature mixed hardwoods and conifers two miles from the Cornish resort of Looe. 8.09 acres for £39,000 (leasehold) [#A1141]
A classic combe wood with maturing hardwoods, a stand of towering redwoods and stream frontage, near the South Cornish coast.
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 201
Ordnance Survey Grid References:
- Access point: SX 244 575
- Centre of wood: SX 246 575
Nearest postcode: PL13 1PL
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.
Keepscombe Wood lies within an archetypal combe valley just above the lower reaches of the Looe River. The famed fishing port and resort of Looe is just 2 miles downstream. Plymouth is 20 miles to the west and the main A38 trunk road at Liskeard is about 8 miles to the north.
The larger part of the wood occupies a northeast-facing bowl – a bit steeper near the top, giving way to gentle slopes and level ground lower down. The southern spur is an east-facing bank with views across the valley.
The majority of the wood is a mixed stand of maturing hardwoods dominated by beech but with significant elements of ash, occasional sycamore and oak, and a scattering of mature Norway spruce atop a light understorey of hazel and holly. An unusual and attractive feature of this wood is the stand of sizeable coast redwoods that occupy the banking near the south of the property. This long-lived species holds the record for the world’s tallest tree. Though not quite in that league, the Keepscombe stand none-the-less boasts some impressive stems.
Most of the wood is designated as a ‘Plantation on an Ancient Woodland Site’. This is evidenced by a rich seasonal herb layer, which being free of brambles allows easy pedestrian access across the whole property. When we visited the spring flush was just emerging with a carpet of wild garlic, bluebells and anemone promising a succession of colour and scent.
A small stream runs through the woodland bowl, linking to a curious double stream on the north boundary. The community-owned Looe Valley Railway runs just below the wood. Hop on at Sandplace Station 5 minutes’ walk away, for a shopping run to Liskeard or daytrip to Looe.
If you want to acquire an attractive slice of rural Cornwall just a stone’s throw from the coast, then this attractive leasehold property is a most affordable way of doing so.
If It Were Mine
The first priority would be the creation of an access and track into the wood, probably from the west side. Thereafter a light thinning would yield some useful firewood. It would also be tempting to process a fallen coast redwood for roof shingles. And camping down by the stream of a summer’s night? Of course!
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 Liskeard head south on the B3254 towards Looe, passing through the villages of St Keyne and Duloe.
- A mile after Duloe the road enters woodland on both sides. You will see a Woods4sale sign on your left indicating Keepscoombe Wood.
- Park on the roadside verge where safe to do so.
- Please note your GPS may lead you to the extremely narrow lane above the hamlet (GEF on the plan). You are strongly advised not to drive this route.
- The west boundary (AB) is an earth bund near the edge of the wood.
- The north boundary (BC) is the southernmost of the two streams.
- The east boundary is variously a garden fence (CD), an earth bund (DE) and the minor road (EF).
- The southwest boundary (AF) is the verge of the B3254.
The sporting rights are reserved to another party.
The mineral rights are reserved to another party.
Rights Of Way
There are no public rights of way within this woodland.
Fencing obligations are mentioned in the lease, but there are no functional fences visible on any boundaries.
Keepscombe Wood is sold under a 999 year lease dating from 1956. Please click on the button below to view the current lease and the original underlease.
The larger part of Keepscombe is designated as ‘Plantation on an Ancient Woodland Site’.
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
- The full contact details (full name, address & phone number) and date of birth of the legal purchaser(s)
- 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.