SOLD: Skittering Rock Meadow £77,000 Freehold

  • Clovelly, Bideford, Devon
  • nearly 5 ½ acres
  • Devon


With good access and a favourable topography this meadow provides both a peaceful escape for family enjoyment and occasional camping.

This is an ideal opportunity for habitat enrichment such as tree planting and wildflower enrichment.

Skittering Rock Meadow is set partly upon an Early Bronze Age enclosure. This would have been a great place for a community to settle circa 4000 years ago as this prominent meadow overlooks the surrounding Devonshire countryside and distant Bideford bay. The edge of the round enclosure can still be seen on the ground.

The meadow is currently managed by an annual cut for hay by a local farmer but can be adapted for re-wilding or tree planting projects in the sections of the meadow that are not within the Bronze age enclosure.

The purchasers of the meadow will be asked to enter into a covenant to ensure the quiet and peaceful enjoyment of adjoining woodlands and meadows.


The northern boundary adjoins a mature native woodland and there is a tree lined hedge bank here with species such as oak and hazel.

At the north of the site there is a small scrubland copse with some mature trees such as an oak and some willow trees. This could be planted to create a pleasant sheltered area.

Clusters of newly planted native trees are found along the northern fringes of the meadow with species such as oak, alder, wild cherry, hazel and birch.

There is scope for further tree planting upon areas of the meadow that are outside of the ancient hill fort.


Grassland habitat supporting a variety of species such as sheep's sorrel, yorkshire fog and rye grass. Within the species rich area at the north you can find many other wild flowers including wild mint and bittersweet with its striking purple and yellow flowers.

Insects such as the ladybird and butterflies frequent the meadow and wild flowers.

House martins (Delichon urbicum) sweep over the meadow catching insects whilst in flight and are a delight to watch.

Both red and roe deer are often seen grazing here.


A rustic picnic bench can be found at the north of the meadow, while visiting do take some time to sit here and enjoy the sea views of Bideford Bay.

A parking area at the entrance can also be used as a timber stacking area in the future if the purchaser wishes to create wooded areas.

Access, tracks and footpaths

Access is via a refurbished stoned forestry track off a quiet country lane. There is a private parking area at the entrance to Skittering Rock Meadow.

Within a 30 - 40 minute walk is the SW coastal path along the Hartland Peninsula

Another beautiful walk is through the National Trust 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.

The standard covenant is attached to the meadow.


Ideally suited as a peaceful retreat, Skittering Rock Meadow provides a sublime backdrop for a plethora of activities including family picnics, occasional camping, painting, photography and meditation.

Skittering Rock Meadow is an ideal base for exploring the north Devon coastline and the quiet country roads allow blissful walking and cycling adventures. The South West coast path is within easy reach.


Local area and history

Skittering Rock Meadow is located within the North Devon Coast Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and is near both the rural village of Hartland and the picturesque fishing village of Clovelly.

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.

Skittering Rock, from which this wood has derived its name is an impressive large arch stack along the coastal cliffs between Clovelly and Mouthmill. A place to visit if you are interested in fossils as the exposures of Hartland

Here there are some good exposures of the Upper Carboniferous Crackington Formation. These exposures of the Hartland Quay Shale contain goniatite fossils - Goniatites are of an extinct genus of fossil cephalopods, allied to the Ammonites and are from around 400 million years ago.

Wood maps

Wood map


All boundaries are indicated with blue markings.

The northern boundary is a tree lined hedge bank.

The eastern and western boundaries are fence posts.

The southern boundary is along the shared access track.

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 290 255
  • Nearest post code: EX39 6AN
  • GPS coordinates: 51.0038, -4.43755

Location map


- Please contact the local agent to discuss access options for viewing prior to your visit.

- 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 Hartland 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 Skittering Rock Meadow, leaving access to the gate.

- Carefully climb over the gate and follow the stoned track for around 400 metres until you come out into a meadow area.

- Continue along to the end of the track where you will find a parking/ turning area and the entrance to the meadow indicated by a ride stop with a 'Skittering Rock Meadow' name sign.

- 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 highly attractive meadow with a fringe of species rich habitat that includes a small spring, all set within in a beautiful coastal location with sea views.

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Managed by Stuart Brooking

Telephone: 07801 789215

Email: stuart@woodlands.co.uk