Ghyston Wood, 1.95 acres of Ancient Woodland with excellent access on the outskirts of Banwell village, North Somerset for £27,500 (freehold) [#F1764]
Mixed broadleaf woodland situated in the heart of the historic Banwell Woods, a few miles from the seaside resort of Weston-Super-Mare and the M5.
BS29 6PQ (This is for the local area, not specific to the woodland).
Ordnance Survey Grid References
Ordnance Survey Grid References:
- Roadside gate: ST 407 593
- Centre of wood: ST 406 590
Ghyston Wood is so named after local mythology about two giants that lived in the nearby Bristol area and was first noted in William Camden’s Britannia in 1586. Fortunately (or unfortunately!) there are no giants to be found here but what is present is a beautiful mixed broadleaf woodland on a western slope over soils of flint and deep brown earth. In springtime the woodland floor is covered in bluebells followed by wild garlic and is a truly magnificent and rare sight.
Mature oak and ash tower over younger ash, hazel, sycamore, holly and the occasional hawthorn. On the eastern edge of the woodland there is also a relatively flat area as well as a couple of mature sycamore and is a lovely place to sit and look out towards the coastline (Weston-Super-Mare is almost in view from here!).
Roe deer are present in the woodland in relatively low numbers and can be seen early in the morning or late in the evening as they come and go from the protection of the trees. Grey squirrels, foxes and the occasional badger are regularly seen by a keen eye, along with a myriad of songbirds.
To the east is an agricultural field used by occasional grazing cows which is believed to be the site of an old hilltop fort, but not much has been found to corroborate this. There are however numerous mentions of a hilltop fort in history and you can certainly see why this would be a good place for a fort due to its wide ranging and nearly 360 degree vantage.
Access is off the A368 that goes from Banwell to Sandford and along a high quality stoned track that takes you right up to the woodland edge. There is a small area just off the track that would be a great place to stack some firewood or to park a car when visiting the woodland.
All in all, this is a wonderful woodland that is a delight to be in, whatever the season. The eastern edge offers the possibility of some wild camping with fantastic views not to be missed and there are some quality trees growing in the woodland for the budding woodsman or the avid conservationist.
If It Were Mine
Cutting in a small footpath diagonally up the face of the slope will allow easier access to the eastern edge and this would be a great place for a bench to enjoy the views from the woodland or as a small wild camping site for the family to enjoy during the warm summer months.
The woodland itself does not need any immediate management, but would benefit from a small number of the ash and hazel being removed to allow space for the remaining trees to grow up.
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.
This video is of the larger woodland as a whole and is not representative of any specific part of the 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 below).
- 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 and turn immediately right, continue along the track for approximately 400 metres until you see a set of orange painted posts on the left and right (point B). This is the start of the woodland.
- The east and west boundaries are the edge of the woodland indicated by stock fencing with fields beyond.
- The north boundary is indicated by orange paint on trees and posts.
- The south boundary is indicated by green paint on trees and 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 at all times and for all purposes over the route AB.
- A right of way is reserved over the route BC for the benefit of the woodland beyond.
- A right is reserved to others to access and repair the water pipe that runs through the woodland as indicated on the plan near to B and C.
- A maintenance clause covers all the shared rights of way with liability according to use.
- There are no public rights of way in this woodland.
There are no known fencing obligations.
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 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 (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)
Please click on the button below for more information.
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.