SOLD: Five Barrows Wood £42,000 Freehold

  • Near Brayford, Barnstaple, Devon
  • about 2 ¾ acres
  • Devon


A mature broadleaved woodland with a clear and fast flowing stream is in every sense a real idyll.

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

Features and wildlife aplenty, this manageable woodland has been part of the local landscape for well over 100 years.

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.


Native oak trees form the woodland habitat structure here, often knarled and moss covered, these classic British trees create most of the woodland canopy. Features such as splits in the bark and holes in the branches provide excellent habitat for bats and woodland dwelling birds.

A variety of other tree species can be found within the woodland including hazel and birch whilst at the western side of the woodland there is some important wet woodland habitat with catkin-laden alder trees (Alnus glutinosa) and willows. Wet woodland habitats are some of the rarest woodland habitats in Britain.


Red deer (Cervus elaphus) is the Uk's largest deer. Their bulky presence is a sight to behold on occasion in Five Barrows Wood with males often having huge, spreading antlers indicating a good age as the antlers increase in size every year.

Other mammals frequent the area from foxes on the prowl for prey to badgers 'snuffling' or using their snout to dig up the soil to search for earthworms and beetles for food.

Five Barrows Wood is a great place to set up a small hide to watch these woodland dwelling mammals along with the numerous bird species that enjoy this tranquil environment.


Wood banks can be found at the south western edge of Five Barrows Wood. The top of the bank is flat and forms an ideal pathway along the stream edge. This walkway skirts around the wet woodland habitat reaching a level glade from which the true beauty of the stream can be enjoyed.

At the centre of the woodland there is a good sized parking area. Opposite this, in the heart of the lower, western part of Five Barrows Wood there is a family sized picnic bench with views over the stream.

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 good stoned forestry track which is suited to most vehicles. A car parking and turning area is conveniently located along the access track by Five Barrows Wood.

The stream has a level area adjacent at the far western tip of the woodland. This is accessed through an area of wet woodland habitat, along an old hedge bank.

There are no public footpaths within Five Barrows Wood or the larger surrounding woodland area.

Rights and covenants

Sporting rights are included in the sale and there is a right to fish the small stream.

The standard covenant applies to this wood.


Enjoy family camping or peaceful days out in this hidden gem.

Small scale forestry projects such as coppicing or installing bird and bat boxes is a very pleasant way to spend the day at the woodland.

Perfectly suited for some woodland-based yoga, mindfulness or forest bathing to connect wth nature.

Local area and history

Five Barrows 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.

Many historical features are found within this part of Exmoor, including the 'Five Barrows'. This is a group of nine Bronze Age barrows (8 bowl barrows and one bell barrow), varying in length from 19 metres to 35 metres and width by 0.5 metres to 2.5 metres.

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 boundary is indicated by and some fence posts.

The southern boundary is indicated by the stream and line of fence posts.

The eastern boundary is indicated by an old hedge bank.

The western boundary is along the stream.

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 704 370
  • Nearest post code: EX32 7QW
  • GPS coordinates: 51.1179, -3.85269

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 along the stoned forestry track for around 250 metres until you see the 'Fibe Barrows Wood' name sign on your right.

- Five Barrows Wood is both sides of the access track from here.

- Satnav/GPS note: the postcode EX32 7QW is for the point shown by the red dot on the location plan

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 fast flowing stream and towering oak trees dominate this peaceful woodland environment.

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Managed by Stuart Brooking

Telephone: 07801 789215

Email: stuart@woodlands.co.uk