Leat Copse, Horrabridge, Devon. Mixed broadleaves on the west fringe of Dartmoor. 8.15 acres for £92,500 (freehold) [#A1545]
Mature broadleaves harbouring a variety of species and ages with excellent access in a superb location.
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 201
Ordnance Survey Grid References:
- Entrance (A): SX 516 715
- Centre of wood: SX 515 714
Nearest postcode: PL20 7QY
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.
Leat Copse lies on the west fringe of Dartmoor at the boundary between field and open moor. The attractive village of Horrabridge is just over a mile to the south and the regional centre of Tavistock is a ten minute drive to the northwest. The A30 near Okehampton is about half an hour away giving ready access up country. Plymouth to the south is also about a half-hour drive.
Taking its name from the leat (man-made stream) that runs through it, Leat Copse occupies level ground and forms the southern section of a stand-alone wood. It is bounded on its moorland front by a stone wall with scare fencing atop to exclude the moorland grazers. Consequently it combines accessibility with privacy.
The visitor is greeted by a glorious fringe of mature oak and beech behind which is an array of maturing broadleaves of various ages. Beech, cherry, sweet chestnut, birch and ash are all present. There is also a generous area of young oak and hazel near the centre of the wood planted about 15 years ago. Two groves of mature conifers (Norway spruce and Western Hemlock) add a splash of winter colour and there are also a few larch stems peppered across the wood. There is also plenty of regeneration which should negate the need for costly restocking if and when some of the mature stems are felled.
Birdsong was echoing around the wood when we visited. We also saw buzzards, possibly nesting in the wood, and put up a woodcock.
Access is taken via a field gate off the minor county road that runs along its east side. This connects to an unsurfaced track running down the east and southern boundaries from where easy access is gained to the rest of the wood thanks to smooth level terrain.
Leat Copse contains almost every conceivable element you could want in an amenity wood. Own it, steward it and enjoy it!
If It Were Mine
Leat Copse is an ideal amenity woodland combining its own appeal with the wider landscape of Dartmoor. As such it makes an ideal locus for recreation.
In the short-term I’d remove the few remaining tubes from the area of younger stems near the heart of the wood. I’d also control the occasional patches of bracken (preferably mechanically rather than chemically) and plant a few fruiting shrubs for the birds where light allows. The maturing stems in the southern part could be thinned and the young oaks in the centre would benefit from formative pruning.
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
- Head east out of Tavistock on the B3357.
- After 1½ miles turn right at the crossroads immediately before a white cottage onto the minor road signed for Langstone Manor camp site.
- After 0.8 mile go over the staggered crossroads, signed for Horrabridge.
- Continue south for 1.2 miles and you will see Leat Copse on your right immediately adjacent to the road behind a stone wall with a Woods4Sale sign near the entrance gate (point A on the plan below).
- Climb the gate at the hinge end, and Leat Copse is then to your left.
- There is a parking area on the other side of the road from the wood.
- The north boundary (BC) is an earth bund marked periodically by blue-topped posts, and (BF) trees marked with orange spots.
- The west and south boundaries (CD and DE) are stone-faced earth bunds just inside the field-edge stock fences.
- The east boundary (EF) is the roadside wall.
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 at all times for all purposes over the route AF.
- A shared maintenance clause covers this right of way with liability according to use.
- There are no public rights of way in the wood.
There are no known fencing obligations.
The woodland lies within Dartmoor National Park.
Third Party Rights
A conveyance from 1929 grants rights to others to enter and clean the leat (stream). This document also contains a covenant to contribute to the cost of maintaining the leat from Wear Head to Grimstone. The current and previous owners have never been asked to to contribute.
A verbal right was granted to Monkswell Farm adjacent to extract water from the leat.
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
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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.
Woods4Sale Ltd hereby give notice under section 21 of the Estate Agents Act 1979 of their interest in the land being sold.