Luccombe Wood, nr. Milton Abbas, Dorset. 2.67 of exceptional conifer and broadleaves with bushcraft possibilities, 8 miles from Blandford Forum. £45,500 (freehold) [#S2066]
Majestic Douglas fir, Norway spruce, oak and ash with recreational opportunities in the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). 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
- Roadside gate (point Y): ST 780 055
- Centre of wood: ST 787 047
Luccombe Wood forms part of a wider forested valley in rural Dorset and is situated four miles northwest from the picturesque village of Milton Abbas. Access is through a locked gate and along a sequence of tracks.
Located in part over northeastern facing slopes amongst flint and chalky soils, the wood is conveniently divided by an internal track, with the level northeastern side comprising a canopy of magnificent mature Douglas fir - a highly valued timber. These stems are approximately 65 years old and present a variety of uses including joinery and construction. It is worth noting that Douglas fir can provide a wonderful environment for wildlife – plantations in Scotland are known to be habitats for both pine martin and red squirrel. To the southwest of the track is a blend of Douglas fir, Norway spruce, oak, ash, hazel coppice, beech, small-leaved lime and sycamore, established roughly 25 years ago - a new custodian could consider yielding some timber for fuel from this part of the woodland. During drier months the ground layer is brimming with colourful ground flora such as snowdrop, foxglove and primrose, all providing nourishment for the pollinating population.
As well as enjoying some lovely farmland views, the northeast of the woodland could be perfect for camping adventures below the majestic firs. The area adjacent to the track is fairly secluded - this would be a nice spot to hang a hammock between two trees to lay quietly with a book, immersed in nature.
The wildlife populace is made up of the occasional fallow deer, brown hare, wood mouse, fox and badger. Feathered species include owl, buzzard, skylark, green woodpecker, lesser redpoll and a multitude of congenial songsters.
If It Were Mine
I would consider a simple plan for the younger area of woodland - this might focus on favouring the growth of the Norway spruce, Douglas fir and oak for future generations. Part of the plan would perhaps continue with deer and squirrel management if needed. Having been successfully supressed here in recent years, some of the trees have been able to establish themselves without being damaged by these mammals. A modest amount of firewood for the hearth could be gathered from time to time.
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 135 metres, passing another turning on the left (point D) to arrive Luccombe Wood (point E) ahead, indicated by red paint on wooden posts and trees on both sides of the track.
- The northeastern boundary is the edge of the woodland, indicated by the top of the earth bank with occasional and partly dilapidated fence and fields beyond.
- The southwestern boundary is the northeastern edge of a track, indicated by green paint on occasional wooden posts which may be offset by a short distance.
- The southeastern boundary is indicated by yellow paint on occasional wooden posts and trees.
- The northwestern boundary is indicated by red 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 EF 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 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.