Combe Leys Wood, near Yaton Keynell, Wiltshire. Mixed broadleaf woodland with good access. 9.41 acres freehold for £125,000 or in 2 lots from £55,000 [#F1738]
Mature mixed species woodland with water feature in a flat an accessible area near to Chippenham in the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Both lots: 9.41 acres
Lot 1: 3.81 acres
Lot 2: 5.6 acres
Both lots: £125,000
Lot 1: £55,000 (freehold)
Lot 2: £75,000 (freehold)
SN14 7BW (This is for the local area, not specific to the woodland).
Ordnance Survey Grid References
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 173
- Roadside gate: ST 859 771
- Centre of wood: ST 858 772
Combe Leys Wood is a lovely mixed broadleaf woodland with plenty of character. Offered to the market in 1 or 2 lots it is perfectly suitable for someone looking for a medium sized woodland. Easily located along the B4039 from Yatton Keynall to Castle Combe the woodland is accessed via a byway running along the eastern edge.
The woodland is found on deep and fertile soils on mostly flat ground. In Lot 1, there are signs that the land was ploughed prior to planting to help with drainage. Lot 2 is slightly higher than Lot 1 and benefits from a lovely pond.
The fertile soils support a wide range of trees and plants, notably oak, ash and one mature black Italian poplar in Lot 1 and a mix of oak, ash, sycamore and hornbeam in Lot 2. The trees are a variety of ages, some in excess of 100 years old and others are year old seedlings. Natural regeneration is mostly kept in check either by the dense overhead canopy or by the local wildlife browsing on the tender leaves.
Around the pond in Lot 2, there are some rarely seen woodland and riparian plants. Of particular note is the hybrid Russian comfrey (Symphytum x umplandicum) which is growing in profusion around the northwest side of the pond.
Typical woodland species can also be found throughout both lots, such as bluebells, cowslip, dog’s mercury, bramble, nettles and a mixture of wildgrasses.
A pair of fallow deer were spotted on our visit and judging by the browsing marks on the plants, it is likely that they are frequent visitors to the woodland. Squirrels are almost certainly present, as well as foxes. In and around the pond there will undoubtedly be some amphibians and water invertebrates, and although we couldn’t see any fish present, they could have been hiding in the murky depths.
There is no urgent management required, but there is plenty of scope to gently modify the stands. There is also a wealth of conservation and recreational opportunities in either of these most attractive woodlands.
If It Were Mine
I would begin clearing and felling some of the competing trees in both lots, which could produce firewood and yield a modest income. If some of the bigger stems were felled they could generate some high quality timber.
Wildlife management and woodland conservation is almost certainly on the cards here and in Lot 2, the pond is a brilliant place to start. It has become quite overgrown which is impacting the biodiversity. Clearing some of the vegetation would be my first priority, allowing more sunlight to reach the water’s edge (leave some as this provides valuable shade) and I would then look at things to do to improve the water wildlife here.
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 Chippenham, drive out of the city north west along the A420, signed towards Lanhill.
- After you have passed Allington Farm Shop and then a Texaco garage on your left hand side, the road will briefly become a 2 lane to allow a right hand turn.
- Turn right here, onto the B4039, signed Chipping Sodbury, Castle Combe and Yatton Keynell and Castle Combe racing circuit.
- Drive through Yatton Keynell without deviation and continue for a few hundred metres more.
- Once you pass the entrance to Castle Combe racing circuit as the road bears left there is a Woods4Sale sign on the corner and a loose stoned layby with an unmarked road on the right hand side (point A on the plan below).
- Pull over and park in the layby.
- Follow the byway which is parallel to the B4039 heading away from the layby, walk down this track until you see a smaller Woods4Sale sign on the left hand side high on a tree, this is the entrance to Lot 1 (B).
- Continue walking down the byway until you see a second sign on a tree, this is the entrance to Lot 2(C).
- The south boundary is the edge of the woodland with the B3049 and a short verge, in places there is an old stone wall to show the boundary.
- The north west boundaries are the edge of the woodland with a fence and an agricultural field immediately beyond.
- The north east boundary is an earth bank that runs parallel to the byway.
- The boundary between Lot 1 and 2 is the top of an earth bank which is occasionally marked with green paint on trees and posts.
The sporting rights are reserved to a previous owner, but they are not expected to be exercised.
The mineral rights are owned and included in the sale except as reserved by statute.
Rights Of Way
- There are no public rights of way within the woodland.
- The byway is open to all traffic.
There are no known fencing liabilities.
Third Party Rights
There is a right reserved for a telecommunication owner to access the south eastern area to maintain equipment.
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 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
- Confirmation of how you will fund the purchase
- 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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Maps & Plans
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.
Woods4Sale Ltd hereby give notice under section 21 of the Estate Agents Act 1979 of their interest in the land being sold.