Fordingbridge Wood, Bampton, Devon. 3.2 acres of riverine broadleaves for £26,000 freehold [#A512]
Delightful ancient woodland overlooking a trout stream with fishing rights just south of Exmoor National Park.
OS Landranger map: Sheet 181.
National Grid Ref:
- Viewer parking: SS 917 208.
- Centre of wood: SS 909 204.
Nearest post code: EX16 9EN.
This postcode will take you to the local area but may not take you to the woodland. You will need to use the location plan and directions as well.
Fordingbridge Wood lies on the south side of a shallow combe valley just outside the southern boundary of Exmoor National Park. The pretty market town of Bampton is 4 miles to the east and the wider facilities of Tiverton are 15 minutes by car. The M5 (junction 27) is 17 miles to the southeast.
The wood lies on north-facing banks just above the waters of Iron Mill. This delightful trout stream surrounded by trees joins the River Exe about 1½ miles downstream. Above is a typical Devon landscape of rolling pasture, woods and hedgerows. The bulk of the adjacent valley is wooded. The south side (including Fordingbridge) is designated as an Ancient Semi-natural Woodland suggesting continuous woodland cover for at least 400 years, with most of the trees here being the natural successors of many generations of native hardwoods.
Above the hard track, the wood is dominated by middle-aged oak (perhaps 60 years old). These trees are growing well in the sheltered fertile conditions with many showing good form and the promise of quality timber production. The upper sections of the wood are very private and of moderate slope, offering an excellent recreational locus for camping and quiet woodland recreation. Below the hard track the crop is more mature, the majority being beech plus a peppering of birch, overlooking the Iron Mill stream a stone’s throw away.
The under-storey is primarily hazel (a native associate of oak) supplemented by occasional holly and some young broadleaf saplings – principally beech. The woodland floor is free of entangling vegetation enabling easy walking amidst ferns, blueberry and seasonal wildflowers including primroses and bluebells.
The Iron Mill valley is delightfully detached from the modern world. This peaceful haven is filled with birdsong and the ever-present murmur of flowing water, punctuated by the occasional mewing of buzzards and hooting of owls. The clean waters of the stream are a natural attraction for brown trout, dippers, otters, herons and kingfishers whilst the rich woodland habitat adjacent harbours red deer, roe deer, badgers and bats.
There is a full vehicular right of access to the wood via a recently upgraded all-weather hard track (suitable for 2WD) that links with the minor county road a kilometre to the east. The upper section of the wood is accessed by a well found soft track which would also be negotiable by 2WD in drier weather. There are fishing rights for two rods on the Iron Mill stream just below the wood, and the abundant pheasants when we visited also suggest some seasonal game for the pot.
Fordingbridge offers a broad range of attractions in its compact area with conservation, amenity, tranquillity and sport being some of the more obvious facets of this pretty woodland.
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 junction 27 of the M5 head west on the A361 for about 6½ miles. Turn right at the first roundabout onto the A396 signed for Bampton. Continue for 5 miles until the next roundabout (by the Exeter Inn) and take the first exit left (staying on the A396) signed for Minehead.
After 1¾ miles follow the road to the left as it crosses the River Exe, at which point it becomes the B3227. Continue up the hill for exactly one mile and then take first left signed for Oakford. After 200 metres fork left onto Hangmans’ Lane and after a further 600 metres cross the bridge at the bottom of the hill. Please park on the hard-standing area on the right immediately after the bridge (keeping clear of all gates), and continue on foot.
Take the footpath west through the gate (with the Red Rock Forestry sign) crossing a stream after about 500 metres (B on plan). Continue for a further 400 metres until you see orange-topped posts to your left (C on plan). Fordingbirdge Wood is above and below the track after this point.
The northwest boundary (CF) is the base of the banking below the track.
The northeast boundary (CD) is marked periodically by orange-topped posts.
The southeast boundary (DE) is the southeast side of the soft track
The southeast boundary (EF) is the southeast side of the hard track.
The southwest boundary point (F) is the timber bridge crossing the small stream.
Note: The northwest boundary is not the streamside of Iron Mill, but the fishing rights mean that up to two rods can access the water’s edge.
The sporting rights are included and are not let. There are fishing rights for two rods on Iron Mill stream between points A and F on the plan.
These fishing rights are shared with other properties in the wider wood.
The mineral rights are included except where reserved by statute.
Rights Of Way
There is a right of access for all purposes over the hard track ABC.
A right of access (CEF and DE) is reserved to others.
Maintenance of shared tracks shall be according to use.
A Public Right of Way runs along the track ABCEF.
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
A visit to the woodland is essential before you confirm that you wish to buy it. We reserve the right to refuse to sell any woodland to purchasers who have not been to see it first.
Once you have decided that you want to buy a woodland, you need to confirm this with us as soon as possible. Our policy is not to negotiate on price. The advertised price is the sale price. However, once you have written to us confirming that you want to buy a woodland, we will take the woodland off the market and we will not accept any other offer.
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Maps & Plans
Plans, areas and particulars are for reference only. They have been carefully checked by us but we cannot guarantee their accuracy and they do not form a part of any contract. Prospective purchasers must satisfy themselves, and we will give as much help as possible with all information we have available.