SOLD: Beeching Way £75,000 Freehold

  • Near Stoodleigh, Tiverton, Devon
  • about 5 ¼ acres
  • Devon


Beeching Way is part of a larger established woodland which forms a natural wildlife habitat. Much of this woodland is Ancient & Semi-Natural Woodland or Ancient Replanted Woodland and both of these woodland habitats are found within Beeching Way.

The majority of the current planting took place around 1965 and the trees have been regularly thinned and maintained. Areas of beech by an attractive stream add both variety and diversity of habitat.

The purchasers of the woodland will be asked to enter into a covenant to ensure the quiet and peaceful enjoyment of adjoining woodlands and meadows.


There is plenty of scope for family forestry to be carried out within Beeching Way, providing the purchaser an opportunity of financial returns from selective forestry management. Diversity of species includes areas of beech, spruce and douglas fir along with 'remnant' trees (trees that survived previous cropping and have grown on to become large mature trees) which include oak and beech.

Along the stream edge grow hazel, alder and poplar giving a 'wildwood' feel.


Having a stream flowing along the edges of Beeching Way is of great benefit to the many types of wildlife that frequent this peaceful location. Grey Wagtails can be seen feeding along the watercourse. Other bird species often seen within the woodland are Greater Spotted Woodpeckers, Robins, Buzzards and Tawny Owls.

Those who approach this woodland with stealth may be rewarded with a sighting of red or roe deer who are frequent visitors, these timid creatures seek quite and peaceful woodlands in which to spend daylight hours, during dusk they venture onto open ground to feed.


Flowing along the eastern boundary of Beeching Way is a clear and fast running stream which originates at Stoodleighmoor, a few miles north of the woodland. A rustic picnic bench overlooking the stream is ideal for family picnics with the soothing sounds of flowing water in the background.

Please take time to sit at the picnic bench when visiting and take in the atmosphere of this delightful wood. Close your eyes and listen to the magical sounds of the wood.

An additional feature is an interesting old weir in the stream.

Access, tracks and footpaths

Beeching Way is accessed from a quiet country lane not far from the village of Stoodleigh. There is a good stoned forestry track leading straight to the entrance of the woodland and parking area.

Rights and covenants

Sporting rights are in hand with the freehold. The standard covenant applies.


Perfectly suited for private camping stays, there are level areas to be found that are ideal for pitching a tent. The parking area at the entrance can be used by a small to medium campervan.

At the heart of the woodland is some cut beech timber which would give the owner a good supply of logs for the fire or woodburner.

Ground conditions in and around Beeching Way are generally open providing good internal access. The attractive stream is a good focal point for this wood where activities such as photography or painting or perhaps a calm and relaxing day of 'forest bathing'.

Local area and history

It is said that Dr.Beeching walked this woodland upon a visit to the area. The visit may have been to see the land at the south of Beeching Way which used to be a fine wetland habitat with rare breeds of wildfowl - this is part of the reason for the series of redundant weirs down the route of the stream.

It makes a great name for this particular woodland due to the walk from the entrance, along the old path and up through the stand of beech trees. Despite the controversy of what became known as 'The Beeching Report' or 'The Beeching Axe', which lead to far-reaching changes in the railway network, especially in rural areas such as Devon, he did perform the opening ceremony on the 21st of May 1969 for the heritage railway between Totnes and Ashburton, then known as the Dart Valley Railway and now called the South Devon Railway. This is a great family day out.

Surrounding Beeching Way are numerous woodlands and meadows, crisscrossed by tranquil country lanes that provide numerous routes for walks and cycling tours. The village of Stoodleigh, with a popular pub, is within walking distance.

Exmoor National Park is within easy reach and the stunning north Devon coast with its popular surfing beaches of Croyde or Woolacombe. Whilst Westward Ho! is within a 45 minute drive.

The nearby market town of Tiverton is a short drive and has many facilities including shops and a leisure centre with a swimming pool.

Particulars and plans were prepared by our local manager, Stuart Brooking.

Wood maps

Wood map


All boundaries are indicated with pink markings.

The northern boundary is is a line of fence posts.

The eastern and southern boundaries are along forestry tracks.

The western boundary is the edge of the attractive stream and an old hedge bank.

Find this wood

This wood is now sold, please do not visit the wood without the permission of the owner.


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 181
  • Grid ref: SS 932 182
  • Nearest post code: EX16 9PQ
  • GPS coordinates: 50.9539, -3.5212

Location map


- From the market town of Tiverton, travel north from the A361 onto the A396 towards Bampton.

- After approximately 3 miles take the left turn towards Stoodleigh over the Iron Bridge.

- Take the first left hand turn after crossing the bridge signposted to Washfield.

- Take care along this narrow lane.

- After around 1.5 miles you come to a sharp left hand bend with houses to your left and right. Look out for the entrance to Pond House on your right and a ‘woodlands for sale’ sign just before a wooden gate.

- Go through the wooden gate just after the ‘woodlands for sale’ sign, PLEASE CLOSE THE GATE BEHIND YOU. This is the shared access track to the woodland.

- Continue along the stone track, heading through another wooden gate and keep going until you reach another wooden gate at the far side of the field where you will see a 'woodlands for sale' sign.

- Go through this gate closing the gate behind you and them turn right.

- Head over the stream and Beeching Way is found on your left.

- Keep on the main track, heading up the hill and you will find the entrance and parking area on your left indicated by a 'Beeching Way' name sign and parking area.

- Satnav/GPS note: the postcode EX16 9PQ is for the point shown by the red dot on the location maps number 2.

How we support our buyers

Membership of the small woodland owners’ group

£300 for a woodland course of your choice

Free copies of our woodland book

One year's free membership of the royal forestry society

Please note this wood is owned by woodlands.co.uk.

Our regional managers are often out working in our woodlands, so if you email an offer and want to be sure it has been received, please phone our manager on their mobile phone. The first offer at the stated price which is accepted, whether by phone or email, has priority.

Please take care when viewing as the great outdoors can contain unexpected hazards and woodlands are no exception. You should exercise common sense and caution, such as wearing appropriate footwear and avoiding visiting during high winds.

These particulars are for guidance only and, though believed to be correct, do not form part of any contract. Woodland Investment Management Ltd hereby give notice under section 21 of the Estate Agents Act 1979 of their interest in the land being sold.

A secluded mature woodland with an attractive stream lined boundary, set within an ancient wooded valley.

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Managed by Stuart Brooking

Telephone: 07801 789215

Email: stuart@woodlands.co.uk