Wookey Wood, 1.99 acres of marvellous mature historical woodland an hour west of picturesque Bath, on the edge of Banwell village in North Somerset. £27,500 (freehold) [#S1241]
A stunning woodland with a Scheduled Ancient Monument, comprising fine specimens of beech, sequoia and holm oak in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, 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.
Located on the northern fringes of the Mendip Hills and a short drive east from Weston-Super-Mare, Wookey Wood is a unique mixed woodland. Of notable archaeological interest, a large Scheduled Ancient Monument, believed to be known as Banwell Cross is situated towards the eastern boundary.
This significant Roman camp is unusual to the southern parts of the United Kingdom, as settlements of this kind were believed to be more commonplace towards the Midlands during the Roman Empire. This defensive structure is thought to have been either used for military campaigns or as a practice camp. However, all that remains of this important historical relic are subtle mounds where the walled defences once stood, now shielded by woodland vegetation.
Sloping gently north and south, the fertile free draining soils have resulted in the varied species mix of trees occupying the copse. Majestic examples of mature holm oak, sequoia, beech, ash and Scots pine provide superb biodiversity to the area. A shrub layer of sycamore, hawthorn and beech regeneration (beech is known for its shade tolerance) occupy below.
A ground layer of wild garlic, bluebell and snowdrops carpet the woodland floor, creating an attractive scene during the spring and summer. There is extensive wildlife inhabiting the wood such as roe deer, badger and a multitude of harmonious songbirds, as well as common sightings of buzzard. The protected and rare lesser horseshoe bat is also known to the vicinity.
Wookey Wood offers numerous opportunities for camping and bushcraft. With the existing Forestry Commission thinning licence, a new owner could also yield a stock of firewood. It benefits from good vehicular access via a hard track suitable for a 2WD vehicle.
If It Were Mine
I would clear a few of the open spaces for some weekends’ camping, perhaps also using some of the beech for a meat smoker. I would also be very keen to further explore the rich history of Wookey Wood.
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 420 metres, you will then arrive at the start of the woodland, indicated by the sign on the right-hand side of the track (point C).
- The north boundary is indicated by blue paint on wooden posts and trees.
- The east boundary is indicated by white paint on wooden posts and trees.
- The west boundary is indicated by orange paint on wooden posts and trees.
- The south boundary is indicated by green paint on wooden posts.
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 ABCD on the plan below.
- There is also a right of way into the wood at point E, but for viewing purposes, please use the access from point A.
- 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 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.
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.