Chapelton Wood £55,000 Freehold

  • Harracott, Near Barnstaple, Devon
  • nearly 2 ½ acres
  • Devon


Chapelton Wood sits along a stream which flows gently down a sheltered valley in a tucked away location in north Devon. The trees are mixed ages upon favourable topography with a stone forestry track for access.

Surrounding the woodland are the traditional rolling fields and woodlands that are typical of this stunning part of the country.

Great as a base to explore the north Devon coastline, Chapelton Wood can be access on foot or bicycle from the local railway station at Chapelton which links to Barnstaple and Exeter.

Chapelton used to host a large sawmill which would process timber from local woodlands.

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.


Chapelton Wood is an excellent mix of broadleaved woodland habitat, partly mature, along with a more recent planted area.

Each side of the access track and down to the stream are broadleaved trees that were planted at the turn of the century. Here there is a mix of oak, alder, ash, hazel, cherry and willow, and they have generally established well forming a charming woodland habitat.

The older part of the broadleaved woodland, to the west of the stream, is dominated by large oak and ash trees with an understory of trees including hazel, hawthorn and blackthorn.


West of the stream is an older part of woodland - here you will find an amazing array of plants growing under the canopy of the knarled oaks. One example is the bright yellow flowers of the native daffodil which burst into colour in early spring upon the edges of the woodland rides.

The stream is an excellent habitat for small fish and therefore water dwelling fauna such as the otter. Otters are an elusive British mammal that enjoy swimming and playing in river and stream habitats. There are numerous signs showing that otters often frequent the stream, including 'shortcut paths' as well a recent sighting. Otters live in holes in river banks called holts, which have a few different entrances to give some protection from flooding. One of these entrances will be above the water.


Chapelton Wood benefits from a good sized shared parking area with plenty of space for parking, turning a trailer for collecting logs or campervan for occasional overnight stays.

A charming stream meanders though the woodland and a small footbridge gives access to the more mature habitat on the western side of the woodland.

Access, tracks and footpaths

Access to the woodland is from a quiet country lane onto a shared stoned forestry track that leads to a large shared parking area. A small footbridge gives access over the stream to the southern part of the woodland.

There are no public rights of way within the woodland.

Rights and covenants

The sporting rights are in hand.


Suited to numerous uses, Chapelton Wood is ideally suited for family enjoyment, wildlife and conservation.

The favourable topography in general is perfect for setting up camp for overnight stays.

Small scale forestry can be enjoyed with a variety of timber types which could be used for logs or green woodworking projects once a felling license was obtained.

The older section of woodland at the west is ideal for some bird, bat and dormouse boxes to be installed.

Local area and history

Surrounding Chapelton Wood are several small Devon hamlets such as Hiscott and Harracott along with a number of traditional farmsteads whose occupants have maintained the landscape for hundreds of years.

Nearby is one of the largest rivers in Devon, the river Taw, which was made famous in Henry Williamson's delightful novel 'Tarka the otter'. The Taw estuary is part of the North Devon UNESCO Biosphere reserve.

Adjacent to the river at Chapelton is the Tarka railway line, a picturesque train route through the heart of north and mid Devon between the town of Barnstaple near the north coast and Devon's capital City Exeter.

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

Wood maps

Wood map


All boundaries are indicated with blue markings on posts and trees.

The northern boundary is a fence along a field edge.

The eastern boundary is an old bank and stream.

The western boundary is a line of fence posts.

The southern boundary is the edge of an old bank that runs along the neighbouring field.

Find this wood


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 180
  • Grid ref: SS 553 262
  • Nearest post code: EX31 3JW
  • GPS coordinates: 51.0178, -4.0637

Location map


- Joing the A377 either at Barnstaple heading south or Exeter heading north.

- Turn off the A377 at Week Lane End Cross, signposted towards Week and Harracott.

- Continue along this road for around 2 miles, passing through Harracott, until you come down a hill to Heccaton Bridge where you will continue on the road heading right and see the entrance gate immediately on your left.

- Use the gate code to access the gate (please close the gate and mix the code up when you go through the gate).

- Drive along the shared forestry track and cross a stream over a concrete bridge.

- Continue along the track until the end where you will see a large parking and turning area. Park here to view the woodland, which is either side of the track and stream.

- Look out for the footbridge across the stream and carefully cross this bridge, turning left once at the other side.

- Satnav/GPS note: the postcode EX31 3JW 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 great introduction to woodland ownership, this broadleaved woodland benefits from good access, a nice mix of trees and a pleasant streamside location.

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Managed by Stuart Brooking

Telephone: 07801 789215

Email: stuart@woodlands.co.uk