SOLD: Blackchurch Rock Wood £49,000 Freehold

  • Clovelly, Bideford, Devon
  • about 3 ½ acres
  • Devon


Blackchurch Rock Wood is located in the peaceful Torridge district of north Devon. It is within walking distance of the South West Coast Path, which is England's longest way-marked footpath. The famous fishing village of Clovelly can be reached via the coast path and is around a 40 minute walk.

The charming village of Hartland, which incorporates the hamlet of Stoke and the village of Meddon is within 2.5 miles providing access to cafes, restaurants, pubs and shops. The Hartland Abbey is well worth a visit. Hartland Quay, surrounded by the impressively imposing cliff lined coast is a further 2 miles.

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.


Blackchurch Rock Wood is predominantly sitka spruce. Should one desire a first thinning could be done providing some valuable timber. Variety is provided by pockets of Japanese larch and self seeded woodland shrubs around the fringes. Shrub species include hazel, hawthorn, rowan and guelder rose. The trees were planted in 2002/3 and have established well on the fertile ground.


Both red deer and roe deer are often seen within the woodland and surrounding area. The deer enjoy using the internal paths through the conifer trees for shelter.

Other mammal signs such as droppings and hair show that foxes and badgers are about.

A variety of bird species can be seen and heard within the vicinity such as long tailed tits, great tits and buzzards along with a few pheasants.


A stoned parking area at the entrance allows easy use of the woodland year round. Within the grassy ride in the central section of the Blackchurch Rock Wood is a rustic bench. Do take some time when visiting to sit and take in the surroundings.

At the southern edge of the woodland there is a wetter area of grass with some rushes indicating a natural spring could be beneath the rushes.

Access, tracks and footpaths

Access is via a refurbished stoned forestry track off a quiet country lane. There is a private parking area at the entrance to Blackchurch Rock Wood.

Within a 30 - 40 minute walk is the SW coastal path along the Hartland Peninsula

Another beautiful walk is through the National Trust Woodreeve Wood that takes you to the upper reaches of the world famous village of Clovelly.

Rights and covenants

Sporting rights are included in the sale.


A central grassland ride is an ideal spot for family camping and relaxing days enjoying the peace and quiet of this part of north Devon. There is scope here for a small scale rewilding project.

Family forestry can be practiced on the spruce trees, these would benefit with some pruning of lower branches and eventually thinning.

For days out enjoying this very picturesque part of north Devon, Blackchurch Rock Wood is an ideal base for camping expeditions with family or friends. Surrounding quiet country roads allow blissful walking and cycling adventures. The South West coast path is within easy reach.

Local area and history

Sited betwixt the rural village of Hartland and Britain's 'Most Instagramable Village 2020', the picturesque fishing village of Clovelly. Blackchurch Rock Wood is located within the North Devon Coast Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

The AONB covers 66 square miles of varied landscapes from wild coastal cliffs, spectacular waterfalls and rocky coves to sand dunes and beaches, wooded coombes and valleys with sheltered villages. You can explore a plethora of amazing places including Northam Burrows Country Park, Westward Ho!’s Pebble Ridge and Braunton Burrows which is a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.

Blackchurch Rock from which this wood has derived its name is an impressive large arch stack along the coastal cliffs between Clovelly and Mouthmill. Here there are some good exposures of the Upper Carboniferous Crackington Formation. These exposures of the Hartland Quay Shale contain goniatite fossils. Goniatites are of an extinct genus of fossil cephalopods, allied to the Ammonites. The earliest forms are from the Devonian formation whilst the latest are in the Triassic.

Wood maps

Wood map


All boundaries are indicated by orange markings on fence posts and trees.

The northern boundary is along the edge of the access track.

The eastern and western boundaries are lines of posts.

The souththern boundary is 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. 190
  • Grid ref: SS 286 253
  • Nearest post code: EX39 6AN
  • GPS coordinates: 51.0024, -4.44347

Location map


- From Tiverton continue to follow the A361 until Barnstaple.

- At the first roundabout continue straight over still following the A361.

- At the next roundabout take the first exit onto the A39 towards Bideford.

- Stay on the A39 for around 19 miles until just past Clovelly Cross where you take the next right turn onto the B3248 towards Hartland.

- After 2.5 miles leave the B3248 at Lighthouse Cross turning right signposted to Hartlan Point and the Lighthouse.

- Carry on past Yapham Cross and turn right at the next junction, Highdown Cross at the fork in the road, signposted towards Brownsham Farm.

- After around 100 metres you will see the entrance gate on your right indicated by a ‘woodlands for sale’ sign.

- Park to one side of the gate to view Blackchurch Rock Wood, leaving access to the gate.

- Carefully climb over the gate and follow the stoned track for around 350 metres until you see the entrance for Blackchurch Rock Wood on your right hand side, indicated by a sign with a 'Blackchurch Rock Wood' name sign.

- There is a cut path through the spruce trees taking you to the open grassy ride.

- From the Bude direction follow the A39 north until just before Clovelly Cross and take the left hand turn onto the B3248 towards Hartland. Then follow the directions above from here.

- Satnav/GPS note: the postcode EX39 6AN 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.

Set within the North Devon Biosphere with long distance views of Bideford Bay, this manageable sized woodland is ideally located for occasional camping with family and friends.

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Telephone: 07801 789215

Email: stuart@woodlands.co.uk