SOLD: Penruddock Wood £35,000 Freehold

  • Chittlehamholt, Near South Molton, Devon
  • over 3 acres
  • Devon


The sense of calm and tranquillity that Penruddock Wood has makes it perfect for a multitude of uses. Some of which include observing wildlife that include red deer, foxes and badgers. The more adventurous could enjoy camping or small scale woodland management of this predominantly ancient semi-natural woodland. Listed as such on the Government woodland "Magic" database this confirms that Penruddock Wood has existed since at least since 1600AD.

Penruddock Wood has been part of this beautiful mid-Devon landscape for centuries and the unique soil composition, flora and fauna found within this important habitat exist due to the longevity of the woodland. The protection of Ancient woodland is now of high importance, the Government offer free woodland surveys for preservation and enhancement of Ancient woodland sites.

Access is from either the east or the west through a larger area of privately owned woodland to which Penruddock Wood forms part. From the east there is a forestry track from the B3226 South Molton road which takes you both to the northern tip of the woodland or to the southern edge in the drier months. An additional access at the west from the charming village of Chittlehamholt is useable in the drier months or year round with a 4x4. Please see plan below 3 for details.

The woodland is predominantly a traditional 'coppice with standards' system which has developed in the British Isles over the last 1000 years. Selected trees are coppiced, or cut on rotation to allow re-sprouting with the aim of producing nuts, fruit and small timber whilst tree species such as oak are left to grow into large mature trees. This technique creates a diversity in which ancient woodland indicator flowers grow such as bluebells, wood spurge and yellow archangels, these provide shelter to many insects which feed birds that include greater spotted woodpeckers, nuthatches and tree creepers.

Within Penruddock Wood the ground gently undulates with plenty of good areas to set up a camping area, there is something special about spending an evening sat around a camp fire with friends and family. Underfoot the ground is mostly clear making access easy.

Nearby the pleasant market town of South Molton with its smaller independent shops and antique centres was once a site of a more bloody and brutal event from which this wood has derived its name. In 1655 it was the location of the 'Penruddock uprising' when Colonel John Penruddock lead a few hundred Cavaliers to seize the town for the Royalists. They would have been on a high after previously taking Salisbury and raising the Royal standard. However at South Molton they were met by a single troop of the New Model Army and the Cavaliers, after a 3 hour street battle, were either killed or fled. For his part in the rebellion John Penruddock was beheaded in Exeter in the May of the same year.

Penruddock Wood is ideally located as a base from which to explore the numerous chocolate box villages of mid Devon and Exmoor National Park and the stunning coastline of north Devon.

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

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.

Wood maps

Wood map


The eastern and western boundaries are indicated by a line of posts with orange markings.

The northern boundary is along the edge of the access track and is indicated with orange markings on trees.

The southern boundary is indicated with orange markings along an old wood bank along the edge of the woodland.

Find this wood

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


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 191
  • Grid ref: SS 657 209
  • Nearest post code: EX37 9NS
  • GPS coordinates: 50.9719, -3.91388

Location map


- Penruddock Wood benefits from two access points, one from the west and one from the east of the woodland. Both connect to the main access track to the woodland. Please register your interest with the local manager and then you will be given the access code for the padlock so you can view Penruddock Wood.

- To access the western entrance, travel from Exeter or Barnstaple following the A377 Barnstaple road until you are near Kings Nympton railway station then take the Fortescue Cross Newnham Junction turning onto the B3226 towards South Molton.

- After nearly 2 miles take the left turn up the hill signposted Chittlehamholt.

- Follow this road for around 2 miles until you enter the village of Chittlehamholt.

- The entrance track to the woodland is about 100 metres after the Exeter Inn, in the centre of the village on the right.

- Continue on through the village and just before the road turns sharply right turn right onto a track signposted as a public footpath.

- Follow this track around a right hand bend, past some cottages and down the hill until you come to 2 gates.

- Go through the left hand gateway which is signposted with a ‘woodlands.co.uk’ direction arrow and a footpath arrow. You will see a ‘woodlands for sale’ sign in front of you at the main woodland gate. Enter the code for the padlock and drive into the main car parking area the woodland as a whole.

- The entrance to Penruddock Wood is around 350 metres along the forestry track on the left hand side defined by a parking area with a ‘Penruddock Wood’ name sign on it.

- There is a second access gate to the east of the site so the purchaser can drive down the track when leaving the site for ease of use.

Access from the east, best suited if arriving from the M5 :

- From the M5 leave at junction 27 and take the A361 towards Tiverton and Barnstaple. At the roundabout after around 23 miles take the exit to South Molton.

- In South Molton turn onto New Road (signposted towards Witheridge) and then turn right onto Mill Street.

- Then turn left onto South Street joining the B3226 towards the Crediton road.

- Stay on the B3226 for around 6 miles passing opposite Mole Cottage B&B on your right and you will find the entrance gate to the woodland on your right with a 'woodlands for sale' sign board.

- Enter the gate code and go through the gate and park in the car park leaving the main track clear.

- Walk up the track until it splits and then take the left hand track up to the woodland which you will find on your right after around 250 metres.

- Satnav/GPS note: the postcode EX37 9NS is for the point shown by the red dot on the location map.

How we support our buyers

Membership of the small woodland owners’ group

£300 for a woodland course of your choice

Free copies of two woodland books

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.

An ancient woodland that is a wildlife haven with towering oak trees, a hazel coppice and an abundance of wild flowers.

Managed by Stuart Brooking

Telephone: 07801 789215

Email: stuart@woodlands.co.uk