SOLD: Sowdens Gate Wood £35,000 Freehold


Sowdens Gate Wood is an ancient woodland of a very manageable size, with great broadleaf tree variety. The chestnut, birch, and hazel have all been coppiced at various times in the past. In its current growth stage, the chestnut would certainly provide some excellent coppice products such as posts and rails. There is more here besides, such as oak, sycamore, holly, hornbeam, ash and field maple. Much of which could provide a new owner a steady source of fuel supply to a wood stove or open fire. In the spring the forest floor is abundant with wildflowers including bluebells, wood anemone, violets and dog’s mercury.

Natural England designate the woodland as an Ancient Semi-Natural Woodland (ASNW) meaning it has been wooded since at least 1600AD.

The woodland slopes down to the north which provides a good sense of privacy from the road. A narrow strip under the electrical wayleave has been cleared. This allows more light into the wood, as well as providing a wonderful sunny habitat for butterflies. There is a place for an owner to park to the side of the track by the wood, and from here a short walk takes you to a small private clearing. Here a bench has been installed where you can sit and enjoy the views across the adjoining woodland, and beyond that, the River Tillingham valley.

There is so much to see and enjoy in this area of Sussex, as Sowdens Gate Wood is only 5 miles from the attractive coastal town of Rye.

The owner of Sowdens Gate Wood will have a key to the gate and vehicle right of way along the stoned track marked in green on the map.

Wood maps

Wood map


The boundaries of the wood are indicated with ORANGE 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. 199
  • Grid ref: TQ 853 192
  • Nearest post code: TN31 6BG
  • GPS coordinates: 50.9428, 0.637193

Location map


Please note, for satellite navigation, use the post code TN31 6BG. This will take you to within approx. 0.1 miles to the east of the entrance to Sowdens Wood (of which Sowdens Gate Wood is a part) as shown by the red dot on the map. Coordinates to the main entrance gate leading to the wood off the B2089 are: N50.942636, E0.636847. To find the wood follow the instructions below.

  • At Broad Oak on the A28, take the B2089 to Udimore and Rye.
  • After 1 ½ miles look out for the small lane called Hundred House Lane on the left.
  • Go past this lane and after a further 300 meters the entrance to the wood is on the left, where there is a ‘Woodlands for Sale’ sign on a locked wooden gate. (If you get to Udimore you have gone too far)
  • Park at the gate (but please do not block the gate) and walk down the stoned track 60 metres and Sowdens Gate Wood will be on the right with its boundaries marked in ORANGE. (It is advisable to reverse when parking to enable getting back onto the B2089 easier).

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.

An attractive ancient woodland featuring a wide variety of broadleaf species - close to the coastal town of Rye.

Managed by Ruth and James Feltham

Telephone: 07812 165081

Email: ruthandjames@woodlands.co.uk