SOLD: Woolley Cross Wood £49,000 Freehold

  • Hartland, Bideford, Devon
  • about 3 ⅔ acres
  • Devon


Woolley Cross Wood is now a maturing conifer plantation with some previously cleared areas that are naturally regenerating. There is scope to thin or clear other areas of conifers (subject to relevant permissions from the Forestry Commission) and replant or help naturally regenerate with broadleaved trees.

The level topography makes working on forestry projects or camping much easier.

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.


Sitka spruce dominates the tree canopy with their towering year round green colour providing shade and shelter through all the seasons.

The eastern side of the woodland has been cleared over the past few years. Here a natural 'rewilding' is already taking place with native trees such as hazel, alder and willow growing within the scrub.


Numerous bird species frequent the woodland including greater spotted woodpeckers, goldcrests and chaffinches. The hoot ta hoot of owls can be heard in the evenings.

Snipe have been seen over-wintering in the area and this part of Devon is one of the best for seeing the amazing flocks of starlings.

Larger mammals include both red and roe deer and foxes.

Frogs and toads enjoy the wildlife pond while dragonfiles and damselflies dart over the water.


Small clearings within the woodland make ideal areas for camping. These sunny clearings have allowed the growth and spread of various flora such as gorse, wood sorrel and various mosses. There is also a natural pond area that could be expanded as a wildlife habitat feature.

Access, tracks and footpaths

Good access from the highway and then a well-stoned track leads Woolley Cross Wood where there is a private parking area.

There are no public footpaths within the woodland.

Rights and covenants

The sporting rights are in hand.


Woolley Cross Wood makes a great base for exploring the beautiful coastline within the North Devon Biosphere. Ideal for family camping, enjoying wildlife and small scale forestry. Included are existing stacks of useful timber, perfect for cutting and splitting for the log burner.

Other activities could be woodland yoga and the well spaced trees make the wood suitable for archery.

Local area and history

The local area around Woolley Cross Wood is superb for touring and holidaying with the stunning north Devon coast about 4 miles of the wood. This includes such gems as Welcome Mouth beach and Duckspool beach. The nearby village of Hartland has good facilities such as shops and pubs and this village is a good point to access the south west coastal path with amazing geology and views of the sea lining the way. On a clear day the Island of Lundy can be seen from here and a trip to see this Marine Nature Reserve can be made from the nearby town of Ilfracombe.

Another picturesque coastal place a short drive away is the fishing village of Clovelly. The towns of Bude and Barnstaple are within easy reach providing an excellent range of shops, cafes, cinemas and things to do and see. You can access the Tarka trail from Barnstaple, a beautiful 22-mile cycle ride on an old railway line which is nice and level! Not far away, the Tarka railway line runs from Barnstaple giving good links to Exeter and mainline routes. You can get to Barnstaple on the A361, which links directly to the M5.

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

Wood maps

Wood map


All boundaries are indicated within orange markings.

The northern boundary is along an access track.

The southern, western and eastern boundaries are indicated with markings on posts and trees.

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 267 181
  • Nearest post code: EX39 6HB
  • GPS coordinates: 50.9366, -4.46664

Location map


- Contact the local agent to discuss access arrangements.

- From Kilkhampton take the A39 (Atlantic Highway) north towards Hartland. After about 4 miles you will pass Welcome Cross.

- Drive round a right hand bend onto a straight length of road. Look out for the 'Woodlands for Sale' sign board on the hedge bank on your right. The woodland entrance is just before this (to the west) and defined by a metal gate with a 'small woodland for sale sign' on it.

- Access to the woodland is through this gateway. The purchaser will be provided with a key for vehicular access.

- Use the provided access arrangements or climb carefully over or around the gate and take the track to the right, parallel to the road.

- You will see the parking area and entrance to Wooley Cross Wood After around 30 metres on the left. Indicated by the 'Woolley Cross Wood' name sign.

- There is a private stone track leading into the woodland.

Satnav/GPS note: the postcode EX39 6HB 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 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.

Located near to the stunning north Devon coastline, a predominantly conifer woodland with areas of natural regenerated broadleaved trees.

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Managed by Stuart Brooking

Telephone: 07801 789215

Email: stuart@woodlands.co.uk