SOLD: Swathwick Wood £59,000 Freehold


Designated as a Planted Ancient Woodland Site (PAWS), Swathwick Wood still retains much of the character of the original forest which once stood here. Large coppice stools of hazel and alder, the latter with distinctively knobbled bark, are dotted amongst the mature larch and pine trees. There are also oak, ash and beech trees of varying ages. Rowan or mountain ash is also present and, along with holly, provides berries for birds in winter.

Honeysuckle tendrils twine around the trees and meander across the woodland floor, amongst ferns and blackberry bushes, seeking out a new host.

In the clearings, bracken and woodland grasses would be easily managed to provide spots for occasional camping.

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.


Straight grown larch and large pines are mixed with deciduous trees such as oak, ash, rowan, hazel, alder and beech.


Many species of woodland bird can be found, in amongst the shrub layer of the wood and overhead in the canopy. The woodland edge next to the field is a good place to spot buzzards, whilst wrens and robins never seem far away from you amid the clearings.

At dusk, bats also emerge to hunt for insects through the glades and along the tracks. Some of the larger trees offer good bat roosts but a new owner may like to put bat boxes up to expand breeding colonies and support the population.


Set on a gentle slope, there are number of clearings around the wood. A seasonal watercourse also passes from south to north, lined with alder trees.

Access, tracks and footpaths

A solid, shared stone track gives access to Swathwick Wood, from the Matlock Road. It leads right the way to the ridestop entrance on the northern boundary of the wood. A public footpath passes along, just inside the south western boundary, following the edge of the field.

Rights and covenants

The sporting rights are included in the sale.


Swathwick Wood is a great place for birdwatching and surrounding yourself in nature, adding bird and bat boxes would help resident wildlife. There are also opportunities to gather and cut wood for fuel and craft products. Some additional planting would be possible in the clearings if you wished to diversify the wood further.

Local area and history

The wood takes its name from Swathwick Farm, just to the south of the wood.

Walton lies on the edge of Chesterfield. Among its attractions are a few shops, a golf course, and a pub called The Blue Stoops on Matlock Road. The River Hipper, fed by the surrounding moors between Chatsworth and Chesterfield, runs by Walton and feeds Walton Dam.

Chatsworth House is the grand seat of the Duke of Devonshire. The present mansion was chiefly built in 1687-1706, by the first Duke of Devonshire, after designs by Talman and Wren and this beautiful house, along with its stunning parkland, designed first by Capability Brown is open to the public.

Wood maps

Wood map


Boundary markings are red, on trees along the northern and western boundaries on posts along the eastern side and on the stock fence along the southern boundary.

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 362 686
  • Nearest post code: S42 7LG
  • GPS coordinates: 53.2135, -1.4592

Location map


Just 2 miles from Chesterfield, 15 miles from Sheffield and 30 miles from Nottingham.

For Directions From Bing Maps click here, enter your own postcode, (entrance coordinates are already entered) and click on the blue "Get Directions" box. This will take you to the entrance.

  • From M1 junction 29 take the A617 signed to Chesterfield.
  • Follow the A617 dual carriage way for about 4 miles and at the next roundabout take the first exit onto the A61 signed to Derby and Matlock.
  • Continue on the A61, after passing the Tesco Express turn right at the traffic lights sign posted for Matlock (A632) and Buxton (A619).
  • Follow this road up the hill and at the roundabout take the second exit onto the A632 signed to Matlock.
  • Pass Walton Hospital on the left.
  • Continue up hill and at the traffic lights go straight on past the Texaco garage.
  • Follow the A632 Matlock Road for about 1½ miles until you reach a ‘Woodlands for Sale’ sign on the left. Pull in here and park ensuring the gated access is left clear.
  • On foot now, climb the stile and follow the farm track for about 400 metres until the gate into Walton woods is reached.
  • Swathwick Wood is approximately 650 metres along the track and to the right.

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 lovely mixed woodland with a varied age structure, sunny clearings and bluebells in the spring.

Managed by Dan Watson

Telephone: 07970 116 515

Email: dan@woodlands.co.uk