SOLD: Cable Wood £150,000 Freehold


Cable Wood is an ancient woodland featuring Scots pine and an emerging understory of native broadleaf species. It is situated close to the town of Arundel. It is part of a larger wood known as Tortington Woods. Cable Wood falls within the boundary of the South Downs National Park.

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.


The Scots pine is approximately 70 years old and was last thinned in 2013. The canopy remains open and the trees continue to mature. These widely spaced pines encourage the natural regeneration of the broadleaf understory. Further thinning of the pine would enable the wildflowers on the forest floor to flourish. Amongst the pines there are sweet chestnut, holly, hazel, birch, beech and oaks. A couple of splendid ancient yew trees are found along the edge of the wood.

Natural England designates Cable Wood as Ancient Replanted Woodland (PAWS). This land has been wooded since at least 1600AD. We are fortunate to have two useful studies on Tortington Woods which were undertaken by professionals. The Management Plan has been written by a qualified and experienced forestry professional to indicate a way in which Tortington Wood as a whole might be managed, but only you can know what you want to achieve and what your resources are. The Management Plan is not mandatory, but it is full of good advice, and a lot of background information which will certainly be interesting and useful. We also have a report from Prof. Julian Evans, author of “Getting started in a wood of your own”. The report does cover the wider area of Tortington Wood and again, advice is not compulsory.


Marsh Tit, Spotted Woodpecker and dormice have both recorded locally, as well as various species of bat. Buzzards have been spotted circling high above the woods. The whole forested area at Tortington is designated as a LWS (local wildlife site) and the description (citation) and map can be seen by clicking HERE LWS This describes some of the nature found in Cable Wood which is classified as ancient replanted woodland.


  • An ancient mixed woodland within the South Downs National Park
  • A private walk-track leading to a small clearing and a bench
  • Open aspect to the north with views across a field
  • Old woodbank along the south boundary
  • A wide variety of broadleaf species of varying age classes

Access, tracks and footpaths

The right of way to Cable Wood is via a double set of gates situated on Binsted Lane. From here a stoned track leads to the south of the wood. Here a ride stop entrance has been installed. An owner can park a car inside the entrance. A private walk track from this entrance provides access into Cable Wood. The field to the north allows lots of light into the wood.

Rights and covenants

The wood is sold with the sporting rights.

There are no public rights of way within the wood itself. A bridleway runs to the south of the wood and a public footpath to the west.


There is plenty of space within the wood to set up a camp for overnight stays, or simply come for a relaxing day out and picnic within the trees. Why not try your hand at hurdle making with the hazel available in the wood, which could easily be cut by hand, or see what birds can be spotted in the woods?

Local area and history

Cable Wood is approximately 1.5 miles to the west of Arundel and easily accessible from the A27. It is close to the villages of Tortington and Binsted, both of which have churches that can be traced back to the Norman period. The wood is less than 5 miles from the south coast beach at Climping. Within easy reach of the wood, although across a busy road, is the pub and hotel, ’The White Swan’.

A Historic England Report outlines evidence of a Roman road running through Tortington Woods – this report is available here (see page 68-71).

Wood maps

Wood map


The boundaries of the wood are indicated with MAUVE paint.

Find this wood

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


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 197
  • Grid ref: SU 994 070
  • Nearest post code: BN18 0UX
  • GPS coordinates: 50.8544, -0.587821

Location map


  • From Arundel take the A27 west towards Chichester.
  • After about 1 mile, just past the cricket club on your right, and just before the White Swan Hotel on the right, turn left into Tortington Lane between two houses.
  • Almost immediately fork right into Binsted Lane.
  • Continue 750 meters down this lane (past a single wooden gate on the right-hand side, with a small ‘Woodlands for Sale’ notice on it; and continue until you reach locked double metal gates on your right with a larger ‘Woodlands for Sale’ sign on it.
  • Park opposite the gates so as not to obstruct the entrance and then walk round the side of the gates.
  • Walk approx. 300 meters along the stoned track following it round the bend to the left.
  • Turn right when you reach the wayleave, following the track north.
  • A couple of hundred meters further on you reach a T-junction. Turn left and after approx. 75 meters, the ride stop entrance to Cable Wood is on your right with its boundary marked in MAUVE.

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.

This mixed ancient woodland features Scots pine and mixed broadleaves. Packed with wildlife, within the South Downs National Park and close to the coast.

Managed by Ruth and James Feltham

Telephone: 07812 165081

Email: ruthandjames@woodlands.co.uk