SOLD: Heccaton Bridge Wood £75,000 Freehold

  • Harracott, Near Barnstaple, Devon
  • about 4 acres
  • Devon


Set in a sought after position next to a stream, Heccaton Bridge Wood will tick many boxes for those seeking a relaxing refuge within the heart of Devon.

The woodland is tucked away yet easy to access from the A377 road between the river port town of Barnstaple and the market town of Crediton.

Favourable topography allows easy enjoyment and management of the trees.

The woodland is freehold and ready to be enjoyed.

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 majority of the woodland is mixed broadleaved trees planting around the year 2000 with a fringe of older trees around the stream. The woodland has generally established well and includes a diverse range of species such as cherry, ash, oak, beech, field maple, blackthorn and spindle.

Upon the stream fringe are some majestic older oaks.


The stream lined woodland with a variety of tree species is an excellent habitat for wildlife. The stream shows numerous signs of use by otters, including shortcut paths. There have been recent sightings of otters in the daytime further downstream which is exciting.

The stream flows south and then east, joining a stretch of water known as Langham Lake, which then heads south to join the River Taw. On occasion the owner may spot the electric blue flash of a kingfisher darting along the stream.

Wild cherry trees support a number of pollinating insects such as bees with their spring flowers and their cherries are a valuable source of food for mammals such as the wood mouse and birds, including the song thrush.


Open rides through Heccaton Bridge Wood allow good access to most areas of the woodland. They can also be used as level areas for summer camping.

Access, tracks and footpaths

Access to the woodland is from a quiet country lane onto a shared stoned forestry track.

There are no public rights of way within the woodland.

Rights and covenants

Sporting Rights are included.


This wood is a real gem for wildlife enjoyment, deer can often be seen, otters are known to be in the area. Further biodiversity can be encouraged with the siting of bird and bat boxes.

The level nature of the woodland and streamside setting make Heccaton Bridge Wood an idyllic location for relaxed camping and days out with family and friends.

This is a great place for younger generations to explore the great outdoors and paddle in the stream.

Local area and history

Surrounding Heccaton Bridge 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 green markings on posts and trees.

The northern boundary is a Devon hedge along a quiet country lane.

The eastern boundary is along the edge of the shared stoned access track.

The southern and western boundaries are 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 551 264
  • Nearest post code: EX31 3JW
  • GPS coordinates: 51.0191, -4.06688

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 (Heccaton Bridge Wood is on your right) for around 30 metres until you see a parking area on your right just before the track crosses a stream.

- Park here and you will see the entrance to Heccaton Bridge Wood indicated by a ride stop with the wood name sign on.

- 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 level woodland in a peaceful yet accessible valley with mixed broadleaved trees and an attractive stream.

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Managed by Stuart Brooking

Telephone: 07801 789215

Email: stuart@woodlands.co.uk