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Rhyne Wood, near Banwell. 4.09 acres of lovely Ancient Woodland with historic caves in rural North Somerset. £55,000 (freehold) [#S1862]


A mixture of mature ash, oak and larch in a setting rich in wildlife and flora, 7 miles from junction 21 of the M5 and a short distance east of Western-Super-Mare.




4.09 acres




£55,000 (freehold)

Nearest Postcode

BS29 6PQ (This is for the local area, not specific to the woodland).


Entrance (point A): ///venturing.shelved.replied

Ordnance Survey Grid References

OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 182   

  • Roadside gate: ST 407 593
  • Centre of wood: ST 407 592


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Located to the east of Banwell village, Rhyne Wood is not far from the spa city of Bath in rural North Somerset and is accessed through locked wooden gates.

Situated on north facing slopes among flinty loamy soils, the mature canopy encompasses ash, oak, beech, sycamore, cherry and occasional larch. Within the shrub layer beneath you will discover hazel coppice, holly, field maple, and hawthorn as well as a smattering of younger sycamore and ash. Come warmer months the ground layer is adorned with Ancient Woodland indicators comprising bluebells, wood anemones and dog’s mercury, followed by heady wild garlic; terrific for producing a few jars of homemade pesto. Hart’s tongue and broad buckler-fern are common here too. A new custodian could consider selecting a stem or two of ash for a stock of fuel.

The entirety of Rhyne Wood is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI); a number of areas within the woodland were historically mined for ochre between 1930 up until 1948, some of these remarkable mine shafts are still open or collapsed but are now fenced off. Please take care when visiting the woodland.   

A bat survey carried out in February 2023 revealed resident roosting bats within the redundant caves and shafts. Approximately 220 great horseshoes and 32 lesser horseshoes were counted at the time of the survey.

More common woodland creatures include a variety of feathered visitors include tree pipit, owl, buzzard and numerous acoustic songsters. Mammals regularly spotted include roe and muntjac deer, badger, fox, hare and grey squirrel.

Between the trees you can enjoy occasional glimpses of the River Severn. There are level spots to the north and south that could make nice camping areas as well as places to hone bushcraft skills.

If It Were Mine

The conservation value of this special woodland speaks for itself.  It is a lovely area to lie quietly on a warm day in a hammock strung between two trees and observe woodland life. I would place a trail camera or two near the caves to monitor any bat activity. I would consider creating a path to the top of the woodland and maybe some steps up to a few of the caves. Ash logs could be collected and seasoned for the log burner at home.

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.

Some old mine entrances still exist within the woodland as partially collapsed entrances into the hillside. Please take care when visiting the woodland.


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, travel east along 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 you have arrived in Rhyne Wood.


  • The northern boundary is in part the earth bank and bund with verge and council road beyond, as well as the fencing with agricultural buildings beyond.
  • The short south boundary is the edge of the woodland, indicated by the fence with fields beyond.
  • The east boundary is indicated by blue paint on occasional wooden posts and trees.
  • The west boundary is indicated by white paint on occasional wooden posts and trees.

Sporting Rights

The sporting rights are owned and included in the sale. They are not let.

Mineral Rights

The mineral rights are owned and included in the sale except as reserved by statute.

Rights Of Way

  • A right of way is reserved over the route AB and AC for the benefit of the woodland beyond.
  • 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.

Fencing Liabilities

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.

Conservation Designations

This woodland is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). To view the citation click on the following links.

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Restrictive Covenants

There are some restrictive covenants to protect the woodland and the environment. Please click on the button below to view these.

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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
  • Please confirm how you will be funding the purchase and that you have cleared funds available
  • 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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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 Interest

Woods4Sale Ltd hereby give notice under section 21 of the Estate Agents Act 1979 of their interest in the land being sold.

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Phone: 01248 364 362
Company Number: 4657216.

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