SOLD: Old Spring Wood £115,000 Freehold

  • Brafferton, near Boroughbridge, Easingwold and Thirsk, North Yorkshire
  • over 7 ½ acres
  • Northern England


Old Spring Wood is made up of well-spaced mature Corsican pine with a stunning belt of mature oak trees and coppiced hazel along the western edge. This oak section is a remnant of the historic wood, and would be an excellent source of seed for a new generation of trees for the wood.

There is a mix other tree species too. Most of the wood has a high pine canopy with birch, sallow and the odd holly growing beneath. Notable in the understorey are the coppiced hazels, a legacy of past woodland management practices. Masses of ferns and bluebells cover the woodland floor and thickets of blackberry and wild rose give good thorny cover for nesting birds. Another notable plant is honeysuckle with towering masses of its twining stems ascending high into the pine canopy, its sweetly scented fragrance fills the air on evenings in early summer.

A drain forms the north eastern boundary of the wood and along its banks you can discover primroses amongst other wild flowers growing beneath sycamore, goat willow, birch and holly. A notable stand of mature Scots pine are here also, in contrast to a larger area of Corsican or black pine growing in the centre of the wood.

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, coppiced hazel, Corsican pine, a pocket of Scots pine, birch, sallow and the odd sycamore.


The woodland edge, formed by tracks on the northern and southern boundaries is great habitat for woodland birds such as thrushes, blackbirds, long tailed tits, great tits and robins which pursue the invertebrates that inhabit these sunny corridors.

The wood is crossed by some old grassy rides, formed by past forest operations, these are now a valuable contrasting habitat which give long views where you may catch a glimpse of passing wildlife. In some of these rides, old ruts hold water, at times, attracting the resident birds and mammals such as roe deer and brown hares. Tawny owls are resident in the wood and buzzards are frequently overhead.


Situated a short walk from the entrance is a bench, at the edge of a clearing between the pines.

The carpet of bluebells and ferns is a beautiful sight, throughout April and into May, before the canopy of the big oak trees closes over and shades the wood in deep summer.

Access, tracks and footpaths

The ride-stop entrance to Old Spring Wood is situated along a good stone track on the northern boundary. A grassy track leads off from this point, running along the full northern boundary to (and through) the oak belt. Another grass track, within the neighbouring wood forms the southern boundary.

Rights and covenants

There are no public rights of way within the wood.

Our standard covenant will apply.


Old Spring Wood will suit wildlife enthusiasts, seeking a conservation project or perhaps a family wanting to connect more closely with nature.

Some selective thinning of the pine could be undertaken along with some broadleaved tree planting to help restore this ancient woodland habitat back to its original species mix. A sensitive restoration of the hazel coppice would also benefit wildlife and give longevity to this feature of the wood that has been managed in this way, not just for decades but probably centuries.

Local area and history

The wood is part of a larger forest, known as Brafferton Spring is a mixed Planted Ancient Woodland (or PAWS) which means there is evidence that it has been wooded here since, at least, 1600 AD. There is a fascinating 1794 map showing the wood, in roughly the same shape as it is today.

The Boroughbridge area is steeped in history. When the Romans settled the north of England they established a major centre at Aldborough, on the route of a long-distance road known as Dere Street. When the Normans conquered the same area some 1100 years later they changed the course of Dere Street to cross the River Ure at a more convenient spot. A settlement grew up around the bridge and this new settlement became the town of Boroughbridge, from the words 'borough on the bridge'.

To the west of Boroughbridge are the so-called Devil's Arrows; three huge prehistoric standing stones.

Wood maps

Wood map


The boundaries of Old Spring Wood are marked in turquoise. These marks are on post tops on the north-western and south-eastern boundaries. Along the south-western edge and along the drain on the north-eastern boundary, the markings are on 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. 99
  • Grid ref: SE 450 713
  • Nearest post code: YO61 2SE
  • GPS coordinates: 54.1364, -1.3122

Location map


Just 20 miles from York, 15 miles from Ripon, 26 miles from Harrogate and 6 miles from Boroughbridge.

For Directions From Bing Maps CLICK HERE, enter your own postcode (wood entrance coordinates are already entered) and click on the blue "Go" box.

For Satnav; the postcode YO61 2SE is for the point shown by the red dot on the location map and coordinates are: N54:07:54 and W1:17:58

Or use our directions:

From the A1

  • Exit the A1 at junction 48 and follow signs Ripon and Dishforth on to the A 6055
  • At the next roundabout take the third exit on to Roecliffe Lane.
  • Follow this road until you give way at a T junction and then turn left.
  • Continue over the river and at the canal bridge roundabout take the second exit.
  • Take the first right turn to Milby.
  • Continue on this road until required to give way at a T junction and then turn right over Thornton bridge.
  • Continue along this road into Brafferton and at the give way T junction turn left.
  • Follow West Moor Road for about 1 mile until you reach the Woodlands for Sale sign on the left.

From York via the A19:-

  • Just after the Easingwold roundabout take the left turn signed for Raskelf / Tholthorpe / Helperby
  • Follow the road into Raskelf and at the cross roads in the centre of Raskelf turn right on to West Moor Road.
  • Follow West Moor Road until you reach the Woodlands for Sale sign on your right.

Please park near to our gate but please do leave it clear for access.

  • Climb the gate and walk along the access track for about 300 metres. Where the track forks, after the hut near the entrance, take the left fork and follow the main track round a right hand bend, continue straight on to the for about 500m and take the second stoned track that is off to the left. Follow this down, (another 300m) Old Spring Wood is here on the left, just before the duck pond and the end of the stone track.

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 mature, mixed planted ancient woodland with oak, Corsican pine, birch, coppiced hazel, bluebells and ferns: a wildlife haven.

Managed by Liz Watson

Telephone: 07985 548481

Email: liz@woodlands.co.uk