SOLD: Ochre Wood £46,000 Freehold


Height and regularity of the tall mature Norway spruce is the first impression on entering and progressing through Ochre Wood to the camp area. Moving on and crossing the footbridge eastwards, the spruce gives way to Scots pine. This is a more open area with grasses and bilberry beneath the trees. A scattering of hawthorn and holly complement the gently sloping landscape. Together with self-seeded birch, rowan and willow, they provide a welcome understorey to the wood.

Two small streams cross the wood, supporting a thriving population of mosses, ferns and duckweed. Pond skaters and whirligigs are also part of this busy ecosystem. Footbridges have been constructed and pathways cleared and maintained, facilitating easy transit throughout the wood.

A fringe of Hawthorn has been planted along the trackside. The young whips are thriving and should grow into an attractive boundary hedge in years to come. A tarpaulin shelter provides cover from the rain and small wood store is ready to supply the campfire with its log round seating.

High in the canopy buzzards watch over their untidy nest whilst the squawking of an occasional jay competes with the bark of the roe deer.

Ochre Wood has been managed and loved over recent years and is ideal as a retreat, a place for conservation, a fire wood supply, or simply somewhere to sit back and enjoy the natural world.

The woods at Dilston were formerly part of the estate of the Radcliffes of nearby Dilston Hall. Now serving as a much more useful Mencap further education college, the hall was built to rival nearby 18th century mansions but was never completed. At the outbreak of the Jacobite Rebellion, work was suspended; never to be resumed. All that remains are the ruins of Dilston Castle, situated on the banks of the Devil's Water, a lively tributary of the River Tyne.

Access: Is through a wooden field gate off the B6307, along a shared track accessible to most cars leading to a ride stop entrance with a turning area in the wood.

Surrounding Area: Ochre Wood is part of a larger area of woodland which runs down to the River Tyne. The Tyne is considered to be England's best salmon river which together with sea trout runs gives the opportunity for excellent fishing. This is a quiet rural setting with many public footpaths with good walking. Nearby is Hadrian's Wall with the more challenging Hadrian's Wall Long Distance Path.

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.

There is a growing interest in hut, bothy and temporary shelter building, especially in Scotland; for those interested in erecting a hut or shelter, here is some interesting and very helpful guidance from Reforesting Scotland’s Thousand Hut Campaign. Your Local Planning Authority should also be consulted.

Wood maps

Wood map


Are indicated by violet markings on posts and trees and are as follows; the track side, the line of posts along the far boundary and another line by the old wall line along the 4th 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. 87
  • Grid ref: NY 968 617
  • Nearest post code: NE45 5RL
  • GPS coordinates: 54.9502, -2.05129

Location map


Ochre Wood is about ½ hour's drive west of Newcastle just south of Corbridge and 4 miles south east of Hexham.

Satnav: the postcode NE45 5RL is for the point shown by the red dot on the location map. Coordinates for gate on the lane entrance. N54 : 56 : 59 W2 : 03 : 13

Click here for Directions from Bing maps - enter your own postcode (Ochre Wood coordinates are already entered) and click on the blue "Go" box. This will take you to the parking area by the entrance.

• Travelling along the A69 take the A6079 towards the centre of Hexham.

• Cross the river, over a mini roundabout, over the railway and turn left at the second mini roundabout, sign-posted Prudhoe A695. Pass Matthew Charlton hire shop on the left and turn left onto Perth Head. At the T junction bear left back onto the A695.

• Pass the Physic garden at Dilston and turn first right continuing on the A695. Turn right onto the B6307 sign-posted Blanchland.

• Go under the power line and the entrance to Ochre Wood is from the fourth gate on the left.

• Go through the gate and along the track, Ochre Wood is the second wood on the left with a sign marked ridestop.

• Please park safely off the public road.

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.

In the heart of the Dilston woodlands, a mature wood with Scots pine and Norway spruce in equal proportions sits quietly.

Managed by David and Sarah Alty

Telephone: 07795 104 594

Email: davidandsarah@woodlands.co.uk