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SOLD: Wrinkleberry Meadow £49,000 Freehold

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

Description

Wrinkleberry Meadow has featured prominently within this landscape for thousands of years as it is set partly upon an Early Bronze Age enclosure. The edge of the round enclosure can still be seen on the ground.

This would have been a great place to have settled as a community circa 4000 years ago as the meadow it situated to take full advantage of the surrounding Devon countryside and beyond to sea views of Bideford bay.

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.

Good access and a stoned parking area are ideal for camper van trips. For the more adventurous the meadow is perfect for camping.

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.

Trees

Bordering the meadow at the north is a mature native woodland.

Clusters of newly planted native trees are found along the northern fringes of the meadow, these include 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.

Wildlife

Surroundings of mature broadleaved woodland and rolling meadows provide excellent habitat and shelter for many local wildlife.

Red and roe deer populate the locality and often you may see these majestic creatures grazing on the meadow or skipping across the open ground to hide within the trees.

There are also signs of foxes in and around the meadow.

Both house martin's and swallows swoop over the meadow through the summer months along with other species of bird including chaffinches and buzzards.

The meadow is a mix of grassland species and there are flowers scattered around the field edge.

Features

Settle down for a picnic or glass of wine upon the rustic bench and table that sits upon the upper fringes of the meadow. From here you have a panoramic view of the tree lined fields and copses that run down to the coastal cliffs and to Bideford bay - long distance views from here include the sea.

There is a small copse planted at the south-western edge of the meadow that will rapidly grow to provide shelter and a habitat area.

Access, tracks and footpaths

There is good access to Wrinkleberry Meadow from quiet country lanes. Then via a refurbished stoned forestry track directly to the entrance of Wrinkleberry Meadow. There is a shared parking/ turning area at the entrance to the 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.

Activities

Wrinkleberry Meadow is a perfect setting for recreational enjoyment including occasional overnight stays with family and friends. Cooking upon an open fire beneath a star field sky is a wonderful experience.

There is scope to plant more trees to create a mixed habitat - although no planting is allowed on the area of land where the Bronze Age enclosure is sited.

Local area and history

Wrinkleberry 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 meadow is named after a walking route in Clovelly, this is along a historic sunken lane known as Wrinkleberry Lane. A charming old path, the name seems to relate to the berries of the wild plant 'Bittersweet', also known as woody nightshade.

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

Boundaries

All boundaries are indicated with purple markings.

The southern and eastern boundaries are along a tree lined hedge bank.

The western boundary is a line of fence posts and the edge of the access track.

The northern boundary is 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.

Location

  • OS Landranger: OS No. 190
  • Grid ref: SS 292 254
  • Nearest post code: EX39 6AN
  • GPS coordinates: 51.0031, -4.43555

Location map

Directions

- Please contact Stuart 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 Wrinkleberry Meadow, leaving access to the gate.

- Please note full vehicular access will be given to the buyer.

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

- Continue along the stoned forestry track until the end and Wrinkleberry Meadow will be found straight in front of you indicated by the 'Wrinkleberry 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 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.

Sited within the peaceful rural countryside near to the north Devon coast is this attractive meadow in an elevated position with views of the sea in the distance.

Managed by Stuart Brooking

Telephone: 07801 789215

Email: stuart@woodlands.co.uk