SOLD: Heather Wood £55,000 Freehold

  • Near Sidford, Sidmouth, Devon
  • about 3 acres
  • Devon


Heather Wood is nestled at the upper edge of Harcombe Hill and has an open aspect with fine views.

The woodland benefits from good access, a mix of tree species and a plethora of wildlife.

Perfect for family adventures such as camping or simply to enjoy the wildlife and peaceful setting.

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.


Since before the turn of the 20th Century this spectacularly ridged land feature, known as Harcombe Great Coppice, has been a partially wooded landscape. Heather Wood sits upon the upper slopes and was historically a more mixed habitat as can be seen by the ground floor species such as heather.

More recently Heather Wood has been planted as a mixed woodland, commercial larch plantation on the western side with more open, well spaced pine trees to the east. Natural regeneration of mixed native trees is flourishing where light has come through the woodland canopy with species such as holly and birch growing.


A mosaic of habitats can be found within Heather Wood which suits a range of fauna.

The upper eastern edges and ride are sun traps for the Common lizard (Zootoca vivipara) to bask in the warmth whilst still being close to logs and branches for safe hiding.

Larch trees are a good source of seeds for wild birds such as the siskin whilst the native Scots pine supports chaffinches along with lichens and mosses.

Roe deer sit upon the soft woodland floor, making a 'scrape' which is a small oval clearing on the ground.


There is a rustic picnic bench within a private glade where you can enjoy open air lunches or sit with a warm drink and enjoy nature.

Access, tracks and footpaths

A stoned access track to Heather Wood links to a quiet country lane not far from the charming village of Sidford.

At the entrance to the woodland there is a private parking area.

The access track that borders the eastern boundary is a bridleway and gives the woodland owner access to a network of footpaths and bridleways from which to explore this stunning part of Devon.

Rights and covenants

The standard covenant applies to this woodland.


Heather Wood is ideally suited for family enjoyment, small scale forestry and as a nature haven.

A calming place to visit and spend time for mindfulness purposes with forest yoga or meditation.

Practical enjoyment includes green woodworking and woodland photography, both very enjoyable pastimes.

Local area and history

Heather Wood is located above the village of Sidbury, a large village set upon the River Sid which runs for 6 miles from source to the sea at Sidmouth making it arguably the shortest full river in England!

The coastline around Sidmouth is part of the World Heritage Site consisting of 95 miles of Jurassic coastline that begins at the nearby Orcombe point.

There are a number of thriving, local small scale fishing industries based along the nearby coastline with day boats catching fish and crabs.

Both Lyme Regis and Charmouth are close by and are a great day out for budding fossil hunters.

Please do enjoy your visit to Heather Wood, but take care of any undulating ground or trip hazards as well as standing or leaning deadwood which has been left as a wildlife habitat.

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

Wood maps

Wood map


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

The northern and southern boundaies are indicated by a line of fence posts.

The eastern and western boundaies are along the edge of the access tracks.

Find this wood

This wood is now sold, please do not visit the wood without the permission of the owner.


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 192
  • Grid ref: SY 158 913
  • Nearest post code: EX10 0PR
  • GPS coordinates: 50.7156, -3.1939

Location map


You can view Heather Wood at anytime by taking a copy of the details with you. The woodland can be accessed on foot.

- From Honiton take the A375 south towards Sidford & Sidmouth.

- At the top of the hill out of Honition turn left at Putts Corner onto Seaton Road, signposted to Seaton & Farway.

- Stay on this road for around 2 miles until you get to Chelson Corner Cross where you turn right onto Beech Tree Lane.

- Follow this road for about 1/2 a mile and take the first turning on your right at Chelson Cross, opposite 'Long Chimney Farm' which is signposted to Harcombe.

- Stay on this winding road for about 1.5 miles until you see a lay-by on your right at the top of a hill with 2 field gates. Carry on past these gates and down the hill until you see a forestry track in front of you on a left hand bend in the road. This is the access track and has a 'public bridleway' sign on a post here.

- Park on the left hand side of the track at the entrance and walk up to the main woodland entrance gate.

- Walk through the pedestrian gap in the gateway and take the right hand track up the hill.

- Turn left at the top and follow the forestry track for around 50 metres until you see the entrance to Heather Wood on your left indicated by a 'Heather Wood' name sign on a ride stop.

- Satnav/GPS note: the postcode EX10 0PR 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.

A perfect introduction to woodland ownership with a variety of trees and flora near to the east Devon coastline.

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Managed by Stuart Brooking

Telephone: 07801 789215

Email: stuart@woodlands.co.uk