SOLD: Mosslee Wood £79,000 Freehold


Mosslee Wood has a very attractive mix of broadleaved tree species and is set on a pleasant south facing slope. The ground is more level, just a gentle gradient, at the northern end, while at the southern end a gentle slope leads to a banked brook where a bench, in an elevated spot, looks over the quiet valley. Level pathways, probably old tracks, run through the woodland following the contours, which make the wood readily accessible.

Oak, birch and rowan are growing throughout the wood as well a light scattering of sweet chestnut trees. Many of the chestnuts are seedlings from several very large old specimens, located close to the field and road boundaries. A handful of veteran oak trees, the cornerstone species of British woodland, follow the line of the brook, while alders grow alongside scrubby willows, typical of this type of habitat.

In some areas, more dense patches of birch give way to sunny clearings, these open spaces are good for wildlife but would also be good places to establish new seedling trees and perhaps add further to the species mix. Deeper into the wood a copse of large poplar trees grow with a concentration of bluebells wrapping around it. Other ground flora includes native ferns, patches of blackberry, holly bushes and woodland grasses.

The burbling and very pretty stream runs year-round, and forms the south-eastern boundary of the wood, its banks are lush and verdant with marsh marigolds and rushes.

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.


Mature oak, sweet chestnut, birch, rowan, poplar, holly, alder and willow with a lovely understorey.


Standing deadwood offers valuable homes for invertebrates and many birds and mammals feed on the bountiful insect life. Greater spotted woodpeckers can be observed feeding and the distinctive call of chiffchaffs can be heard throughout the summer months alongside the melodies of other resident birdlife.

Animal trails cross through the wood, red and roe deer pass through and it is likely that badger and fox are present too.


  • Collyhole Brook, runs all year
  • Big patches of bluebell
  • Veteran trees
  • Interconnected sunny glades
  • A bench overlooking the bank down to the stream
  • Really varied feel to the landscape
  • Views out, over the stone wall, across the surrounding countryside

Access, tracks and footpaths

The wood is reached via a gate, directly off the lane (Belmont Road) and from this point, a grassy track follows the contours along. Alternatively a path leads down to a level terrace alongside the stream.

Rights and covenants

There are no public rights of way within the wood.

The sporting rights are included in the sale.

Our standard covenant will apply.


Mosslee Wood is a great wood for wildlife enthusiast with opportunities for observing nature, perhaps erecting trail cameras or hides.

There is plenty of family fun to be had too, with spaces suitable for occasional camping and wild, adventure filled days.

Local area and history

The wood is located close to the village of Ipstones, in the Stafforshire Moorlands, set in the foothills of the Pennines, just outside the Peak District National Park.

Places of note in the local area include Biddulph Grange (National Trust) with its stunning restored gardens and, about seven miles away, the Alton Towers Resort theme park.

Ipstones dates from around the 12th century and is surrounded by small farms and rolling countryside. Lots of good local produce is available in the area both from driveway ‘honesty boxes’ and local shops and hostelries.

Wood maps

Wood map


There are blue markings on posts along the north eastern boundary, on trees alongside the south-eastern, south-western and north-western boundarys.

Find this wood

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


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 119
  • Grid ref: SK 004 502
  • Nearest post code: ST10 2JR
  • GPS coordinates: 53.0481, -1.99301

Location map


Just 8 miles from Leek, 12 miles from Stoke-on-Trent and 14 miles from Ashbourne.


  • Travel south east from Leek on the A523.
  • After 3 miles turn left onto the B5053 signed for Ipstones.
  • Continue past the shop and pub in the centre of the village before turning right on to the Belmont Road.
  • Procced for approximately one mile before passing the turn to Belmont Farm and a pond on the left of the road.
  • Follow the road around a sharp left bend and Mosslee Wood is located on the right after approximately 120 metres.
  • Reverse into the entrance before climbing the gate to view.

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.

A peaceful mixed broadleaved woodland, just south-west of the Peak District National Park, in the beautiful Staffordshire countryside. A very pretty stream runs along the bottom of the wood.

Managed by Dan Watson

Telephone: 07970 116 515

Email: dan@woodlands.co.uk