Hatherly Wood, nr. Milton Abbas, Dorset. 2.77 acres of outstanding lofty conifer and broadleaves with rural views, 8 miles from Blandford Forum. £48,000 (freehold) [#S2050]
A mixture of Douglas fir, Norway spruce, beech and ash in the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) with recreational opportunities. 14 miles from Dorchester.
DT11 0HQ (This is for the local area, not specific to the woodland).
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Ordnance Survey Grid References
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 194
- Point (Y): ST 780 055
- Centre of wood: ST 788 046
Located in the heart of rural Dorset, Hatherly Wood forms part of a larger gated and peaceful forested valley, four miles from the chocolate box village of Milton Abbas. It is reached via a series of tracks through the wider wooded area.
Situated on mostly northerly slopes among chalky and flinty soils, the mature canopy is bisected by a track running through the woodland towards the northern section. The southern side is a blend of ash, oak, beech, cherry and Norway spruce. The shrub layer below contains younger ash and birch as well as plentiful hazel coppice, which could be a handy bushcraft material for a new custodian. An ash or two could certainly offer some fuel for the hearth. North of the track are some magnificent Douglas fir stems of exceptional quality; this area levels somewhat with a few grassy spots that would make an idyllic place to camp once cleared and strimmed. During drier months the ground layer is brimming with colourful flora namely bluebells, pungent wild garlic, foxglove and primrose, all providing nourishment for the pollinators.
There are some gentle undulations towards the east and wonderful views from both the northern and part of the southeast boundaries. There are some areas that would be perfect for a hammock to quietly relax and observe woodland life.
Feathered residents include owl, buzzard, skylark, green woodpecker, lesser redpoll and many harmonious songsters. The rich wildlife population includes occasional fallow deer, brown hare, wood mouse, fox and badger.
If It Were Mine
I would be keen to continue with deer and squirrel management if needed, which has been successfully carried out here in recent years. This would in turn allow the woodland to thrive and younger trees to establish. Overnight stays would be lovely in Hatherly Wood with the possibility of starry Dorset skies. I would however adopt a ‘leave no trace’ policy to keep the area looking as natural as possible.
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 Blandford Forum, head southwest along the A354 towards Dorchester, Weymouth and Winterborne Whitechurch.
- After approximately 5.5 miles, you will arrive at the village of Winterborne Whitechurch.
- Continue through the village passing the red phone box on the right.
- Shortly after, take the fork right onto Chescombe Lane in front of The Milton Arms pub towards Milton Abbas and Bulbarrow.
- Continue along Chescombe Lane passing the church on the left and out of the village towards Milton Abbas.
- Continue past Luccombe Riding Centre carrying on through Milton Abbas, passing the turning on the left with the grassy triangle and brown sign to Milton Abbey, and follow the sign to Stickland, Bulbarrow and Blandford.
- After half a mile, where the road bears right (with a gate lodge, private road and stone pillars on the left), take the fork left here signposted to Bulbarrow (do not turn down the private road).
- Continue along the lane passing some Forestry Commission owned woodland and a flint wall on the left.
- After 2 miles, turn left at the T junction towards Bulbarrow, Stoke Wake and Ansty Cross, keeping the flint wall on the left.
- Continue along this road, the flint wall on the left becomes further setback and changes to fencing, still following signs for Ansty.
- After half a mile, you will see a phone mast ahead of you with a turning on the left for Bulbarrow Timber Products (point X on the plan below).
- Please park in a suitable place not obstructing the road nor access points.
- Walk along the private tarmac lane (also a Public Bridleway) southeast passing the entrance to Bulbarrow Timber Products and take the fork left ahead shortly after (point Y).
- Climb over the wooden gate (sorry, we do not provide keys for viewings) and continue southeast straight ahead along the track.
- After 510 metres you will arrive at a new steel gate (point A), please climb over the gate and continue along the track passing a Woods4Sale and Red Rock Forestry management sign shortly after on the right.
- After 230 metres you will pass a fork to the right (point B), but continue straight ahead (if you arrive at the tall locked steel deer gate, you have gone the wrong way).
- Five hundred metres beyond the fork, the track slopes steeply downhill with a high deer fence on the right, continue down towards the bottom.
- As the track bears left and reaches another corner of the deer fence and a turning on the right (point C), keep left and continue down and along the track for 225 metres, passing another turning on the left (point D) to arrive at Hatherly Wood (point E), indicated by yellow paint on wooden posts and trees.
- The northern boundary FG is the edge of the woodland, indicated by the top of the earth bank with occasional and partly dilapidated fence and fields beyond, GH is some new stock fencing.
- The boundary HJK is indicated by blue paint on occasional wooden posts, a fence post, in part along the southwestern edge of the track.
- The southern boundary KL is the stock fence with fields beyond, LM is for the most part the northern edge of the track, indicated by green paint on occasional wooden posts which may be offset by a short distance.
- The northwestern boundary MEF is indicated by yellow paint on occasional wooden posts and trees.
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 and for all purposes over the route XYABCDE.
- A right of way is reserved over the route EJ for the benefit of the woodland beyond.
- There are no public rights of way in this woodland.
- A maintenance clause covers all the shared rights of way with liability according to use.
There are no known fencing liabilities.
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
- 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)
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.