SOLD: Loveland Wood £49,000 Freehold

  • Clovelly, Bideford, Devon
  • about 3 ¼ acres
  • Devon


Loveland Wood is peacefully located within the Torridge district of north Devon. It is within walking distance of the South West Coast Path, which is England's longest waymarked long-distance footpath. The fishing village of Clovelly can be reached via the coast path and is around a 40 minute walk.

The charming village of Hartland, which incorporates the hamlet of Stoke and the village of Meddon is within 2.5 miles and offers cafes, restaurants, pubs and shops as well as Hartland Abbey, which is well worth a visit. Hartland Quay, surrounded by the impressive imposing cliff lined coast is a further 2 miles.

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.


Although predominantly mixed conifer the western edge of the woodland has mixed native broadleaved trees with species that include birch, field maple, oak, ash and hazel. The broadleaved trees have done well with tall birch trees intertwined with attractive oak and well formed field maples. Ash is more varied in success and should the owner wish allows for some small scale 'enrichment' replanting of other native species.

The conifer trees have thrived in the loamy clay soil and this has formed a dense woodland providing shelter for wildlife. The wood is at a stage where it has small scale timber production potential.

A mature hedgerow along the southern and western boundaries consists of native species such as hawthorn and blackthorn.


Wildlife is plentiful in this tranquil woodland - both roe and red deer browse the grassy rides and are always a delight to see. These open grassland areas surround the conifer trees and are great habitat for numerous species of insects including the common red soldier beetle (Rhagonycha fulva) along with ringlet and meadow brown butterflies.

Buzzards soar overhead surfing the thermals looking for prey. Small birds such as the robin and chaffinch are just a couple of examples of other birds that can be observed.


Loveland Wood benefits from long reaching views to the sea at Bideford bay from the north eastern corner.

There is good access throughout the woodland with some cut paths into and through the conifer trees.

Within the open areas of the younger broadleaved woodland is a bench with a small fire pit.

Access, tracks and footpaths

Access is from a quiet country lane and then via a recently stoned forestry track. There is a hard standing on the northern edge of the woodland for year round parking.

There are no public footpaths on the site.

Excellent links to the SW coastal path along the Hartland Peninsula as well as a scenic walk through the National Trust woodland Woodreeve Wood that takes you to the upper reaches of the world famous village of Clovelly.

Rights and covenants

Sporting rights are included in the sale.


Easy access both to and within Loveland Wood means that this attactively situated woodland can be used and enjoyed frequently for a variety of uses.

Loveland Wood is a manageable size so perfect for those who would like to actively manage their woodland for both timber and biodiversity. Whether 'brashing up' the conifer trees (removing the lower branches to prevent large knots forming in the lower, most valuable part of the tree) or looking after the fast growing broadleaved trees with a bit of strimming or scything, there are many enjoable tasks in wait for the keen woodland owner.

Secluded camping for a solo experience away from the business of modern life is a pleasure here, as is family fun in a large tent or even a yurt. Rise with the sun, brew a coffee or cup of tea with some breakfast and enjoy the wildlife within and around this stunning part of Devon. Then you are spoilt for choice with numerous walks along little used country lanes or the south west coast path, perhaps lunching out at one of the pubs or cafes at nearby Clovelly or Hartland. Then return to the woodland to see the sun set whilst enjoying the glow of a camp fire.

Local area and history

Despite Loveland Wood both conjuring an impression of, and in fact being, in a place of positive beauty, the local place name of 'Loveland' has a slightly darker meaning! Loveland is derived from the Old English word "laweles," which means "lawless" and thus a location of an outlaw. The remoteness of this picturesque area would certainly be an ideal refuge through history to anyone on the wrong side of the law!

Loveland Wood is located within the North Devon Coast Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

The AONB covers 66 square miles of varied landscapes from wild coastal cliffs, spectacular waterfalls and rocky coves to sand dunes and beaches, wooded coombes and valleys with sheltered villages. You can explore a plethora of amazing places including Northam Burrows Country Park, Westward Ho!’s Pebble Ridge and Braunton Burrows which is a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.

Wood maps

Wood map


All boundaries are indicated by purple markings on fence posts and trees.

The northern boundary is along the edge of the access track.

The western boundary is along the edge of a hedge bank.

The eastern and southern boundary are a line of fence posts.

Find this wood

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


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 190
  • Grid ref: SS 283 253
  • Nearest post code: EX39 6AN
  • GPS coordinates: 51.0017, -4.44818

Location map


- Please contact the local agent to discuss access options.

Directions to view Loveland Wood:

- From Tiverton continue to follow the A361 until Barnstaple.

- At the first roundabout continue straight over still following the A361.

- At the next roundabout take the first exit onto the A39 towards Bideford.

- Stay on the A39 for around 19 miles until just past Clovelly Cross where you take the next right turn onto the B3248 towards Hartland.

- After 2.5 miles leave the B3248 at Lighthouse Cross turning right signposted to Hartlan Point and the Lighthouse.

- Carry on past Yapham Cross and turn right at the next junction, Highdown Cross at the fork in the road, signposted towards Brownsham Farm.

- After around 100 metres you will see the entrance gate on your right indicated by a ‘woodlands for sale’ sign.

- Park to one side of the gate to view Loveland Wood, leaving access to the gate.

- Carefully climb over the gate and you will see Loveland Wood on your right hand side indicated by a line of fence post marked with purple.

- From the Bude direction follow the A39 north until just before Clovelly Cross and take the left hand turn onto the B3248 towards Hartland. Then follow the directions above from here.

- Satnav/GPS note: the postcode EX39 6AN is for the point shown by the red dot on the location maps number 2.

- From the Bude direction follow the A39 north until just before Clovelly Cross and take the left hand turn onto the B3248 towards Hartland. Then follow the directions above from here.

- Satnav/GPS note: the postcode EX39 6AN 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 younger woodland of mixed conifer and broadleaved trees set within open grass rides with good access and links to the north Devon coastline.

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Email: stuart@woodlands.co.uk