Armswell Wood, nr. Milton Abbas, Dorset. 5.52 of magnificent conifer and broadleaves with far reaching rural views, 8 miles from Blandford Forum. £94,000 (freehold) [#S2056]
A blend of Norway spruce, beech and ash in the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with bushcraft and recreational possibilities, 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 787 046
Armswell Wood is found in a serene, forested valley in rural Dorset, four miles from the picturesque thatched village of Milton Abbas. Access is along a series of tracks through the wider wooded area.
Located largely on northern slopes of flint and chalky soil, the mature canopy comprises a melange of Norway spruce, beech, ash, oak, Scots pine, and birch. A few majestic veteran trees can also be found throughout the woodland – sitting underneath any one of them on a warm day reading a book is an enticing thought. Within the shrub layer below you will discover hazel coppice, holly, sycamore and hawthorn as well as some patches of regenerating ash. A new custodian could certainly consider yielding a few of the beech stems for a stock of domestic fuel, making use of the valid Forestry Commission felling licence. Pollinating ground flora include primrose, snowdrop, foxglove, herb-robert and lesser celandine, all adding a splash of colour come spring and summer.
Towards the southern (and higher end) of the woodland, glimpses across the valley can be enjoyed, along with rural vistas from both the eastern and southwestern boundaries. There are a number of level areas south of the internal track towards the east that would make perfect spots to camp once cleared.
A rich wildlife population includes occasional fallow deer, brown hare, wood mouse, fox and badger. Feathered residents include owl, buzzard, skylark, green woodpecker, lesser redpoll and many harmonious songsters.
If It Were Mine
A hammock or two near the east of the wood for open air camping would be perfect on a warm night; there is a more private feel to the woodland here. A ‘leave no trace’ policy to keep the area looking as natural as possible would be important. Some of the Norway spruce if felled and milled on-site could provide timber for a hand-built log store. Bushcraft skills would be honed here, there is ample material to hand.
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 tall wire deer fence on the right, continue down towards the bottom.
- As the track bears left and reaches another corner of the deer fence with a dilapidated high seat fixed to a tree (point C), turn right and continue up the track, keeping the tall deer fence on the right.
- After 60 metres you will pass a turning on the left (point D) and then a tall deer gate shortly after and ahead (point E).
- At the deer gate, bear left and continue up the track.
- After 260 metres from the deer gate at point E and after the track plateaus, you will arrive at Armswell Wood ahead of you (point F), indicated by blue paint on wooden posts either side of the track.
- The northern boundary KJ 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 east and southern boundary JH is the stock fence.
- The southwestern boundary HG follows an earth bund indicated by red paint on occasional trees with occasional further strips of woodland, agricultural fence and farmland beyond.
- The northwestern boundary GF is indicated by blue paint on occasional wooden posts, FK for the most part is the black plastic mesh deer fencing indicated by blue paint on occasional fence 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 at all times and for all purposes over the route XYABCDEF.
- There is a right of way for forestry purposes only over the route DK and BZE.
- 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 obligations.
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.