Holt Wood, Umberleigh, North Devon, a blend of young mixed broadleaves in a serene location. 3.13 acres for £30,000 (freehold) [#S2103]
A wonderful blend of oak, birch and holly with a smattering of mature trees in a peaceful rural setting not far from Barnstaple.
EX37 9DD (This is for the local area, not specific to the woodland).
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Ordnance Survey Grid References
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 180
Access (point A): SS 631 213
Centre of wood: SS 629 210
Found in a rural location in peaceful North Devon, Holt Wood is part of a larger recently felled woodland. Access is through a locked gate via a series of narrow roads and stone tracks.
Situated over fertile and flinty soils the wood is regenerating naturally with silver birch along with holly, sycamore, ash and the occasional oak. In addition, there has been some scattered replanting of oak, hazel and holly in groups of 10-20 stems in tree guards. The ground cover mostly comprises bracken, blackberry, gorse and wild grasses. Where space permits, wildflowers such as cowslip and primrose are in evidence. The area is often visited by both red and roe deer, foxes, badger and a lovely mix of songbirds. Squirrels can also be seen scurrying amongst the mature trees that flank the edges of the wood and with the proximity of the agricultural fields and the bramble, rabbits are almost certainly going to be present.
Beyond the southeast and northwest boundaries are agricultural fields. The River Taw can also just about be seen from the northwestern, this might make a nice spot to camp.
This young woodland offers a great opportunity in its early stage for a weekend forester to grow and determine its future, be that small scale commercial forestry or amenity and recreation.
If It Were Mine
Being an avid stargazer, I would clear an area to camp overnight under the stars on warm nights. The rural North Devon location would probably have little in the way of light pollution. I would consider enhancing the tree species here, some Sitka spruce and Douglas fir might be on the planting list and would add year-round colour to the woodland.
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 The Rising Sun Hotel in the centre of Umberleigh village (on the A377), cross the bridge over the River Taw towards South Molton.
- Immediately after, turn right towards Warkleigh passing the post office on the left and over the level crossing shortly after.
- Continue along the single carriageway road flowing signposts to Warkleigh keeping the River Taw on your right and passing over a small stone bridge.
- After 2.2 miles you will arrive at a turning on the right signed for Park Farm and Cleeve Copse.
- Continue along this narrow road known as Park Lane passing white buildings and farm with a barn on the left just after.
- After 600 metres you will arrive at tall black steel residential gates ahead of you.
- Take the fork right down along the stone track (point W on the plan below). Please take care driving along this part of the track if driving a vehicle with lower ground clearance.
- Continue along the track crossing over the ford with the wooden footbridge on the left and passing a bamboo bush shortly after.
- After 160 metres the track turns 90 degrees left (point X), continue ahead along the track towards the conifer woodland.
- After 80 metres you will arrive at a locked wooden gate with our Woods4Sale sign attached (point A).
- Please park in a safe place taking care not to obstruct the track or any access.
- Climb over the gate (sorry we do not provide keys for viewings) and continue along the track and then out of the woodland into the recently planted wood.
- After 295 metres you will cross over a stream, this is the start of the woodland on either side of the track (point B), indicated by pink paint on some wooden posts.
- The southwestern boundary is indicated by green paint on occasional wooden posts and trees.
- The northern boundary is the centre of the seasonal stream, indicated by pink paint on occasional wooden posts.
- The north western boundary is the top of an earth bank with wooded scrubland beyond.
- The southeastern boundary is the top of an earth bank with fields beyond.
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 WXAB.
- A right of way is reserved over the routes BC for the benefit of the woodland beyond.
- There are no public rights of way within 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.