SOLD: Challacombe Wood £65,000 Freehold

  • Near Brayford, Barnstaple, Devon
  • nearly 5 acres
  • Devon


Challacombe Wood is situated along a tree lined valley a couple of miles north of the Exmoor village of Brayford. Mostly planted within the last 40 years, the woodland is predominantly conifer trees but has numerous other features such as old hazel-lined hedge banks, a scattered planting of Alder trees within a grassy meadow area along with a picturesque stream.

The woodland has good access along a stone track and a private parking area.

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.


The beauty of Challacombe Wood lays in its diversity of woodland habitats and numerous tree species. The lower, western side of the stream is more of a grassy meadow with Alder trees scattered throughout. Alder trees (Alnus Glutinosa) thrive in damper areas and the stream-side setting suits them well. They help stabilse the riverbank and are a great habitat for mosses, lichen and fungi. Birds such as the Siskin and Goldfinch enjoy the catkins seeds.

In the heart of the woodland there is a plantation of Douglas fir trees. A majestic conifer tree which is also well regarding for it's timber properties for furniture, decking and cladding. Douglas fir trees can grow to over 55 metres and live for over 1000 years!

At the eastern side of the woodland you will find a cleared area of woodland which could be replanted as part of the ongoing management, or simply let nature take its course in natural regeneration. Above this is a remnant hazel coppice that is a good source of hazelnuts for wood mice and perhaps the rare Dormice which could be in the area.


An incredible variety of wildlife can be found when visiting Challacombe Wood. There are numerous tracks of both Red deer and Roe deer which zig zag up and down through the trees. Seeing a large stag sheltering within the trees is a magnificent site.

Owls swoop through the lower boughs of trees at dusk and badgers and foxes may be seen on occasion at this special time of the day.

Other bird life includes Firecrests, Great tits, Blue tits and Buzzards.

The lower wetter areas of the woodland attract frogs and toads.


The stream that flows from the north to the south west of Challacombe Wood is a tributary of the river Bray. The water is crystal clear and gives a relaxing backdrop when within the woodland enjoying occasional camping or a picnic.

There are old tree-lined banks around most of the boundaries, which are well over 100 years old.

Within the upper areas of Challacombe Wood there are numerous springs which flow, mostly through the winter months.

Access, tracks and footpaths

The main woodland gate is accessed along a metalled no-through road. Once within the main gate, there is a good stoned forestry track which is suited to most vehicles. There is a car parking and turning area for exclusive use of the purchaser within the woodland boundary.

At present the more open tree lined grassland area can only be accessed via a careful wade through the stream, however the purchaser can choose a location along the stream to construct a footbridge in the future.

There are no public footpaths within Challacombe Wood or the larger woodland area.

Rights and covenants


The fishing rights are in hand with Challacombe Wood with the stream suited for net fishing predominantly.

Challacombe is a great woodland for enjoying wildlife. Building a small hide is great fun and makes a great spot to quietly observe deer and other creatures that will share this wood with you.

A small income could be had from thinning the conifer trees and plenty of firewood can be found.

The meadow area by the stream is a prime spot for family camping trips and picnicking.

Local area and history

Challacombe Wood is within a few miles of Exmoor National Park with many quaint villages such as Parracombe and Simonsbath. This vast moorland is ideal for walking or cycling. The north Devon coast is within easy reach with popular places such as Lynton, Ilfracombe and 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 green markings on posts and trees.

The northern and southern boundaries are an old hedge bank and a line of posts at the western side of the stream.

The eastern and western boundaries are 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 705 368
  • Nearest post code: EX32 7QW
  • GPS coordinates: 51.1164, -3.85137

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 the bridge that straddles the River Bray.

- Take the next left hand turn at Lydcott Cross.

- Follow this road up the 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 walk down the stoned forestry track for around 300 metres until you see an old wood bank on each side of the track and a 'Challacombe Wood' name sign on your right.

- Challacombe Wood is both sides of the access track and a further 100 metres along this track you will find a parking area for use by the woodland.

- 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 two woodland books

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 diverse woodland with a level glade by a charming stream, set within a quiet valley in Exmoor National Park.

Managed by Stuart Brooking

Telephone: 07801 789215

Email: stuart@woodlands.co.uk