Angel Wood, Bampton, Devon. Maturing oak and riverside terraces with excellent access. 5.17 acres for £49,500 (freehold) [#A715]
Gentle banks of clean-growing oak and 250 metres of stream frontage in a hide-away valley just outside the south edge of Exmoor National Park.
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 181.
Ordnance Survey Grid References:
- Access (NE corner of wood): SS 917 208.
Nearest postcode: 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.
This attractive woodland lies just outside the southern boundary of Exmoor National Park in East Devon. Bampton is four miles to the east and the wider facilities of Tiverton are 15 minutes by car. Junction 27 of the M5 is 17 miles away giving easy access up country.
Angel Wood occupies level streamside terraces and the lower sides of an archetypal Devon valley with over 250 metres of frontage to the Iron Mill Stream. It is bisected by a good hard surfaced track above which is a bank of oak dating from the middle of the last century. The wood is designated as ‘Ancient Semi-Natural Woodland’ suggesting that the current crop of maiden and coppiced stems are the successors to many generations on this site. The trees are well spaced and showing elegant form with the promise of some quality timber in the longer term. Scattered between the oak are occasional birch along with one or two willow.
Below the track the terrain levels out and here the oak is consolidated by willow, alder and some large beech. The riverside itself is intermittently composed of trees and grassy glades where periodic mowing would create the most delightful locus for quiet enjoyment.
The light under-storey is variously composed of saplings from the parent trees plus a smattering of hazel and holly. The woodland floor is populated with soft grasses, bilberry, ferns, primrose, wood sorrel and bluebells. Aside from trying to avoid trampling the flora, access by foot is easy almost everywhere.
The wood fronts a very quiet minor county road and is served by a recently upgraded hard track which leads to a generous area of hard-standing – ideal for timber processing and stacking as well as enabling plentiful private in-wood parking. Near the upper southern edge of the wood there is a level terrace overlooking the property which would make an excellent camping area. Angel Wood also benefits from about a kilometre of shared fishing rights on the Iron Mill Stream.
When we visited we saw an abundance of pheasants. We also saw red deer along with plenty of evidence of foxes, roe deer and badgers. Buzzards circled lazily overhead and come the evening pipistrelle bats emerged to hunt insects along the river. We also saw the brief aquamarine flash of a kingfisher. Nature’s realm!
Angel Wood has more than its fair share of amenity attributes. Tranquillity, beauty, easy access, fishing, river frontage, elegant trees, quiet recreation and conservation are all in prospect for the new owner.
If It Were Mine
Occasional light thinning (leaving coppice stools for subsequent recruitment) would optimise the retained crop as well as providing some firewood. I’d also erect plenty of bird boxes for songsters and the occasional owl box. A riverside deck is tempting.
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 J27 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 for Minehead (remaining on the A396).
- After 1¾ miles follow the road to the left as it crosses the River Exe at which point it becomes the B3277.
- Continue up the hill for one mile and then take the first left signed for Oakford.
- After a further 200 metres fork left onto Hangman’s Lane.
- After 600 metres park on the right side of the road immediately after crossing the small bridge at the valley bottom. You are now at point A on the plan.
- Take the footpath through the gate to the west to enter Angel Wood.
- The north boundary (AF) is the mid-line of the stream.
- The east boundary (ABC) is the roadside verge.
- The south boundary (CD) is the north side of the soft track.
- The west boundary (DEF) is marked by yellow-topped posts.
- The sporting rights are included in the sale. They are not let.
- The owner of Angel Wood (in common with others) has fishing rights for two rods on Iron Mill Stream between points A and G on the plan.
The minerals are included except as reserved by statute.
Rights Of Way
- A right of access is reserved to adjacent woodland owners over the hard track BE. Maintenance of shared tracks is according to use.
- The track BE is both a public bridleway and public footpath.
- There is uncertainty about the ownership of the eastern end of the top track near C, but it seems unlikely that access would be questioned on this secondary route into the property.
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 are in a position to fund the purchase 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
- The full contact details of the solicitor who has been instructed
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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.
Woods4Sale Ltd hereby give notice under section 21 of the Estate Agents Act 1979 of their interest in the land being sold.