Westleigh Wood, Banwell, North Somerset. 1.92 acres of mature mixed broadleaf woodland in a rural location, 27 miles west of Bath. £27,500 (freehold) [#S1233]
A stunning woodland comprising beech and oak in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty serviced by a hard surfaced track, 4 miles east of junction 21 of the M5.
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 172
Ordnance Survey Grid References:
- Roadside gate: ST 407 593
- Centre of wood: ST 402 587
Nearest postcode: BS29 6PQ
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.
Westleigh Wood is located on the northern fringes of the Mendips, a short drive east from Weston-Super-Mare in rural Somerset and forms part of a wider historical woodland dating back to the Iron Age.
Situated on free draining fertile loamy soils that slope gently on both northerly and southerly aspects, the mature canopy consists predominately of majestic beech, oak and ash. The stems show good form, testifying to previously good management and with the benefit of a current Forestry Commission thinning licence, a new owner could establish a simple management programme. Beneath is a shrub layer of sycamore, hazel coppice and hawthorn, with a lush ground layer offering pleasantly pungent wild garlic, bluebell, hart’s-tongue and ivy (making a particularly attractive scene during the spring and summer!). Towards the western boundary, a rocky hollow would make a good location for camping if cleared.
Extensive wildlife populations inhabit the woodland; roe deer, badger, fox and a multitude of harmonious songsters can be heard, as well as common sightings of buzzard and green woodpecker. The protected and rare lesser horseshoe bat is also known to the vicinity.
Westleigh Wood is an ideal setting for bushcraft activities and gives huge scope for a weekend woodsperson. It benefits from good vehicular access along a hard track suitable for a 2WD vehicle.
Westleigh Wood is subject to an Article 4 Direction preventing some types of permitted development at the property.
If It Were Mine
I would certainly clear an area for weekend barbequing, perhaps staying overnight to observe wildlife too. The Forestry Commission thinning licence is a good opportunity to establish a thinning program, carefully selecting a few trees to yield some firewood for my log burner.
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 Banwell village, head east on the A368 towards Sandford.
- After approximately half a mile, you will see a layby on the right-hand side with a double wooden gate set back and Wood4Sale signs (point A on the plan).
- Please park safely in front of one of the gates, ensuring there is clear vehicular access through the other for key holders (sorry we do not provide keys for viewings).
- Climb the gate (point A) and turn immediately right, continue along the track and up the hill.
- After roughly half a mile you will reach a T junction (point B) with the ruins of a cottage set back to the right.
- Turn right and continue along this track for 510 metres, you will then arrive at the start of the woodland, indicated by green and orange paint on a short wooden post on the right-hand side of the track (point C).
- There is also a right of way into the wood at point E, but for viewing purposes, please use the access from point A.
- The northwest boundary between DF is the fence, and blue paint on wooden posts and trees between FG.
- The east boundary is indicated by orange paint on trees and wooden posts.
- The south boundary is indicated by green paint on wooden posts, the gate post 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 ABCDE.
- 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.
There are no known fencing liabilities.
Tree Preservation Order
The woodland is designated as an Ancient Woodland and is subject to a Tree Preservation Order (TPO). This does not prevent appropriate tree felling. However, the agreement of the local Tree Officer must be obtained in advance.
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
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.