SOLD: Bay Meadow £59,000 Freehold


Bay Meadow is located in the small village of Lee, situated on the rugged North Devon coast line in between Woolacombe and Ilfracombe. With the beach just a 20 minute walk from the meadow, it enjoys sea views out across Lee Bay. The land is accessed via an excellent stoned track which is suitable for all year round vehicular access.

After turning left from Higher Slade Road, the entrance gate and Woodlands sign can be seen 400m down Dibbons lane on the right hand side. Please park here by the side of the road and carefully climb the gate, before walking along the stoned track through the first and second fields. Upon entering the third field through the gap in the hedge, Bay Meadow is immediately in front of you.

The land is currently down to grass, having previously been used agriculturally for livestock grazing. It has a gentle slope dropping down from its highest point on the eastern boundary, where the best views of Lee Bay can be found, towards the western boundary. The gradient is extremely gentle. A thicket of gorse provides a natural boundary on the northern boundary, whilst neighbouring woodland can be found beyond the western edge, separated by a stockproof fence. Having established woodland in the immediate vicinity of the meadow is useful for those who might favour allowing the land to regenerate naturally, which could also be done in combination with tree planting. A stake boundary demarcates the southern boundary, beyond which pleasant views can be enjoyed of the North Devon countryside.

The access track is found at the top of the field, and forms the eastern boundary, immediately beyond which is a long established hedgerow which serves as a useful habitat for wildlife. The establishment of a young woodland will only serve to further encourage biodiversity. The land is an ideal canvas for those looking to establish a woodland for either amenity or environmental purposes. Bay meadow has a secluded and private feel, and benefits from its excellent location and enviable sea views.

Local amenities can be found a short drive away in Ilfracombe.

The purchasers of the land will be asked to enter into a covenant to ensure the quiet and peaceful enjoyment of adjoining woodlands and meadows.

Access, tracks and footpaths

The meadow is accessed via a metalled track from Dibbons Lane which enables year round vehicular access directly to the meadow.

Local area and history

Lee Bay is a small village on the rugged North Devon coast, lying at the foot of the wooded Fuchsia Valley, so named due to the abundance of the red blossom found in its hedges. The rocks in the area are Morte Slates, formed some 350 million years ago. During the eighteenth and the beginning of the nineteenth centuries smuggling was carried out extensively along the coast. On the 20th September 1820; reports state that three hundred tubs (about five gallons each) of gin and brandy were smuggled in at Lee Bay.

Wood maps

Land map


Northern boundary - thicket of gorse with some stakes

Eastern boundary - access track, behind which is an established hedgerow

Southern boundary - a line of stakes

Southern boundary - stockproof fence

Find this wood

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


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 180
  • Grid ref: SS 496 574
  • Nearest post code: EX34 8LS
  • GPS coordinates: 51.19, -4.152

Location map


Bay Meadow in Lee on the North Devon coast, and is about a 10 minute drive from Woolacombe (to the South West) and Ilfracombe (to the North East). Barnstable is 30 mins by car.

Click here for Bing Maps directions, enter your own postcode, (the location coordinates are already entered), and click on the "Directions" box. This will take you to the roadside gate where you can park.

Satnav: the postcode EX34 8LS is for the point shown by the red dot on the location maps.

Coordinates for satnav are: N51.190, W-4.152 these are for the metal access gate.

How we support our buyers

Membership of the small woodland owners’ group

EITHER £300 for a woodland course of your choice

OR £300 contribution towards buying trees, tree shelters or stakes

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 charming meadow on the North Devon Coast with sea views across Lee Bay.

Managed by Anton Baskerville

Telephone: 07952 694 652

Email: anton@woodlands.co.uk