SOLD: Brai Wood £39,000 Freehold

  • Near Brayford, Barnstaple, Devon
  • about 2 ⅔ acres
  • Devon


From steps that lead up into the woodland where there is a level glade with a picnic bench - ideal for camping. It is not hard to imagine a night spent under the stars here sitting next to a log fire.

This is a great place for wildlife enjoyment, small scale forestry and a host of other woodland activities.

Access is off a very quiet country lane and then via a stoned track that takes you to the heart of Brai Wood.

This woodland has been part of the local landscape for many years, a place to enjoy now and then pass the baton on for future generations to experience.

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.


Within a glade there are old stools of hazel. The hazel nuts can be found scattered over the ground in late summer as squirrels and wood mice extract the nuts from their cases to feed on and store for the winter.

From here you can walk along an old deer path that intersects the main area of Brai Wood. Here fast growing Douglas fir trees dominate the upper and lower slopes of the woodland. Douglas fir is a sought after timber and used in construction.

At the far end of the track and the south eastern part of the woodland there is more of a mixture of native broadleaved trees both mature and young.

A stunning beech lined historic boundary bank borders the southern edge and within this part of the woodland you will find a towering poplar tree along with young rowan and hawthorn. For those seeking a project there is scope to clear some of the scrub here and replant further trees to eventually form a tree canopy made up of mixed native broadleaved trees.


Enjoyment of nature in and around Brai Wood is a sheer delight. With the area are numerous bird species from buzzards to long tailed tits. A host of wildlife can be found here, both red and roe deer use the woodland as a thoroughfare and stoats are known to inhabit the area.


Brai Wood has fine views over a valley to the north from the upper edge of the woodland.

Another feature within the slopes of the southern side are a series of natural water springs.

With Brai Wood comes the use of an area at the lower side of the access track next to a stream. This is a perfect spot for a picnic whilst enjoying the sounds of bubbling water flowing over rocks.

Access, tracks and footpaths

From the highway the main woodland gate is accessed along a metalled no through road. Once within the main gate there is a parking area immediately on the left. For those with a 4x4 there is also a forestry track which can be used ( see plan 4 ) for access This track takes you to the main entrance where the ground is more level.

There are no public footpaths within Brai Wood.

Rights and covenants

Sporting rights are included in the sale.

The standard covenant applies to this wood.


Enjoy family camping or peaceful days out within this natural environment.

For the more energetic some woodland management could be carried out with thinning of conifer trees. Alternatively simply enjoy this wonderful wood and let nature do the work.

The level glade near the stream is perfect for some woodland-based yoga, mindfulness or forest bathing to connect wth nature.

Local area and history

Brai Wood is within the hugely picturesque landscape of Exmoor National Park, with its varied habitat of moorland, woodland and rolling hills and valleys of farmland. Many activities can be enjoyed upon Exmoor from walking, cycling on and off road and wildlife watching.

Brayford is a charming nearby village set around the banks of the river Bray - the stream at the north of Brai Wood eventually joins this river. Seemingly named after the river, the origins of this settlement could be linked to Celtic times and the word 'Bre' meaning hill or the old English 'Brea' which meant 'brow'.

The north Devon coast is within easy reach with popular places such as Lynton, Ilfracombe and the surfing beach of Woolacombe all within a 30 minute drive.

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

Wood maps

Wood map


All boundaries are indicated by pink markings on posts and trees.

The northern, eastern & western boudaries are the shared access tracks.

The southern 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. 180
  • Grid ref: SS 705 373
  • Nearest post code: EX32 7QW
  • GPS coordinates: 51.1207, -3.85033

Location map


- From the M5, leave at Junction 27 onto the A361 towards Tiverton.

- Stay on the A361 for around 30 miles until you reach the North Aller roundabout where you take the 3rd exit onto the A399 towards Ilfracombe, Bratton Fleming and Brayford.

- After about 5 miles carefully take the right hand turn into the village of Brayford.

- Drive down the hill and over a bridge that straddles the River Bray.

- Take the next left hand turn at Lydcott Cross.

- Follow this road up a hill, around to the left and on past Cross Gate Cross, signposted towards Challacombe.

- After half a mile turn right onto a no-through road - this is known as Muxworthy Lane.

- Follow the narrow tarmac road down the hill and over Skentaway Bridge and you will see the entrance to the woodland on the right. There is space to park on the right hand side of the road just before Skentaway Bridge (please leave space for vehicles to turn).

- Climb carefully over the gate and you will see a parking area in front of you which Brai Wood can use.

- To find the entrance to Brai Wood take the stoned track immediately on your left (there is a right to use this for Brai Wood) and walk up the track for around 100 metres until you find some steps and the 'Brai Wood' name sign on your right. You can enter the woodland here.

- If you carry on past the steps the stone track continues and there is a parking and turning area here.

- Satnav/GPS note: the postcode EX32 7QW is for the point shown by the red dot on the location plan 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 predominantly conifer woodland with some areas of broadleaved trees within the stunning landscape of Exmoor National Park - included with this woodland is the use of an area of land next to an idyllic stream-side setting.

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Managed by Stuart Brooking

Telephone: 07801 789215

Email: stuart@woodlands.co.uk