SOLD: Dabbling Wood £75,000 Freehold


Although no formal distinction is defined between a pond and a lake it is generally accepted that in this regard size matters. Whatever you consider to be the case at Dabbling Wood it is undeniably a place of great beauty. Few such places ever become available and offer so much scope to engage with the natural world in all its diversity.

Water is fundamental to all life and the lake attracts all manner of woodland creatures who depend upon this for their existence. The appeal for wildlife of all kinds is further enhanced by the shelter of the mature woodland that completely envelopes the lake. This natural protection has lead to the high level of bird activity that results here; able to feed undisturbed on this abundance.

Beyond the lake there is so much more to be enjoyed within the surrounding woodland. Giant beech and oak overlook a layer of holly, birch and hazel. Ancient banks run through the wood and the the boundaries are mostly well defined by established access tracks.

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.


Ducks are generally divided into three major groups, dabbling (shallow-water), diving, and perching ducks, based on their characteristic behaviours. The mallard, a typical dabbling duck (any of about 38 species of Anas and about 5 species in other genera), is one of the most popular game birds. The impressive figure of the Canada Goose is also a frequent visitor to the large pond at Dabbling Wood and a body of water of this scale is an enormous draw for all types of birdlife.

Access, tracks and footpaths

The name sign and access track are at the south east corner of the wood. This private track for the use of Dabbling Wood gives good access to the water's edge but there is further good access into the wood from an old logging track towards the top of the western boundary.

Local area and history

Historically this area has been enjoyed by leading members of the clergy and the nobility due to its accessibility from the historic centres of church and state, Winchester and London.

Beyond the boundaries of Dabbling Wood neighbouring woodland is now enjoyed in private ownership. The wider surrounding area is made up of open countryside but with good access to local towns for essential supplies before a retreat to the woods.

Wood maps

Wood map


Boundaries are indicated by red markings on posts and trees through the wood to the north and along the access track to the south and west. Along the eastern boundary an internal private track belonging to Dabbling Wood provides access to the water's edge.

Find this wood

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


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 185
  • Grid ref: SU 514 173
  • Nearest post code: SO32 2AB
  • GPS coordinates: 50.9534, -1.2691

Location map


Leave the M27 at junction 7 and take the first exit from the roundabout into Charles Watts Way and then left at the next roundabout into Tolbar Way. Follow the road straight over a series of roundabouts through the retail park. Continue for a couple of miles, passing a car sales forecourt and Durley Primary School. The road then bears to the left and after a further 500 metres the turning into the woods is on your left where there is a locked gate.

Before viewing you can contact Daniel for the code for the red combination lock or park further along the road and walk along the track on foot.

Follow the woodland track straight on for approx 650 metres and you will see the red coloured boundary markings and name sign for Dabbling Wood on your right. A private access track leads into the wood from here.

Please refer to the plans to assist you with finding your way.

Sat Nav / GPS note: The post code SO32 2AB is for the point shown on the location map by the red dot.

How we support our buyers

Membership of the small woodland owners’ group

£300 for a woodland course of your choice

Free copies of our woodland book

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 picturesque tree fringed pond set within mature woodland, where abundant wildlife thrives undisturbed.

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Managed by Daniel Sharp

Telephone: 07780 900192

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