SOLD: Whinney Wood £41,000 Freehold


Whinney Wood has an attractive mix of hardwood trees, with lots of mature beech, planted around 60 years ago and huge sycamore trees, now seeding themselves and naturalising along with birch, willow, ash and oak. The softwood trees are also varied with larch pine and hemlock growing in various sizes.

The wood is mostly on level, elevated ground except for a steep bank down, with lovely views across pasture, along the northern boundary and wrapping around the corner of the track. This could be a good location for a wildlife and bird-watching hide, a bench or a ‘look-out den’.

Some grand old coppice trunks of willow and sycamore, which look quite inviting to climb, can be found dotted through the wood.

An electricity line runs north-south just inside the western boundary and the cleared strip beneath this is a really good grassland and wildflower habitat for invertebrates such as butterflies and moths. On this section the small diameter coppiced willows could provide useful withies for garden products and crafts.

At ground level it is quite clear, quite characteristic of beech woodland; while here and there are a few rhododendron and holly bushes that give evergreen cover for wildlife. Lots of native ferns and several patches of bramble, offer cover and foraging opportunities for small mammals, birds and woodland owners too.


Beech, sycamore, birch, oak and willow with mixed conifers such as larch, pine and hemlock.


Roe deer and badgers frequently pass through the woodland and many species of bird make Whinney Wood their home. It is a lovely place to feel closer to nature.


  • Mature trees, including lovely broadleaves
  • Rural views
  • Good access

Access, tracks and footpaths

Access from the A689 is via a solid stone track, leading to a useful hard-standing area for parking a car or stacking timber.

The woodland can be easily accessed on foot from this point.

Rights and covenants

No rights of way or covenants exist.

The sporting rights are included in the sale


Whinney Wood is ideal for occasional camping, wildlife spotting and wood-craft or for an owner who would like a woodland management project.

Local area and history

Whinney Wood was once part of Wynyard Park, sometimes known as Wynyard Hall, a large English country house in County Durham. The house was the English family seat of the Vane-Tempest-Stewart family, Marquesses of Londonderry, an Anglo-Irish aristocratic dynasty, until it was sold in the 1980s.

Attractions in the local area include the historic City of Durham part of which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its magnificent medieval cathedral.

Wood maps

Wood map


The boundaries of Whinney Wood are marked with red paint, on post tops on the western boundary and on trees elsewhere.

Find this wood

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


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 93
  • Grid ref: NZ 441 279
  • Nearest post code: TS22 5PA
  • GPS coordinates: 54.6447, -1.3181

Location map


Located 25 miles from Durham, 10 miles from Hartlepool and 10 miles from Middlesbrough.

  • Travelling north on the A19 take the A689 turn off sign posted to Hartlepool, at the top of the slip road take the left hand filter on to the A689 and travel towards Sedgefield.
  • Continue straight over the first roundabout, at the second roundabout double back so you travel along the A689 in the opposite direction back towards the A19.
  • Pull up in the entrance to the wood adjacent to Whinny Moor Cottage and our Woodlands For Sale Sign. Please leave the gate clear when parking.
  • Climb the gate and walk along the woodland track for about 1200 meters until after passing the electric sub station.
  • Whinney Wood is a further 500 metres and to the right of the track.

Please take these particulars with you, and do remember to check the wood is still available.

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

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.

A mixed broadleaf and conifer woodland with a varied age structure including some useful timber for firewood and crafts and lovely rural views across County Durham countryside.

Managed by Dan Watson

Telephone: 07970 116 515

Email: dan@woodlands.co.uk