SOLD: Dury Water Wood £59,000 Freehold


Dury Water Wood is a fast establishing younger woodland with a good mix of native broadleaved trees and some remnant veteran trees such as oak and beech.

Peacefully located in west Devon, it is a great base to explore the local area whether by car, on foot or bicycle.

Along the western edge of the access track that borders the woodland is 'Dury Water' a tributary stream that arises from a spring slightly further north. The stream eventually joins the river Carey further south. Of French origin, Dury is a topographic name for someone who lived by a stream.

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.


Walking directly up into the woodland from the private car park at the entrance you are firstly greeted by two majestic veteran oak trees with their spreading boughs making them a sight to behold.

Upon the right of these trees is an area of younger, planted woodland around 20 years ago. A good mix of native broadleaved trees can be found here including oak, beech, willow, ash, alder and hazel.

Left of the old knarled oaks, at the northern side of the woodland is an area of mixed wet woodland with willow, alder poplar trees interspersed with oak and ash trees.


The tranquil setting and varied habitat of the woodland allow a plethora of wildlife to inhabit the area all year round.

Over winter deer regularly use the woodland for shelter and as a corridor when searching for food. Birds such as buzzards glide through the trees searching for small mammals upon the ground.

Spring arrives and with it a crescendo of noise and activity can be witnessed. The air is full of bird song at this time of year with small birds such as blue tits, great tits, long tailed tits, robins and chaffinches looking for nesting locations. The pond becomes a hive of activity with frogs and toads returning to their ancestral breeding pond, whilst the woodland floor bursts into life with wild flowers.

By summer the pond is full of aquatic plants, dragonflies and damselflies skip over the pond in large numbers. Trees are in full leaf and wild flowers are bursting with colour.

Autumn brings a crop of fallen nuts and seeds which is great food for small mammals such as the wood mouse and common vole. Fungi explode from the ground or fallen wood.


Sited within the north-west of Dury Water Wood is a large wildlife pond; probably one of the best features a wood can have.

To the west of the access track is Dury Water, a pleasant stream which the owner will have access to.

Access, tracks and footpaths

Dury Water Wood benefits from access over a concrete road from the public highway which then becomes a stoned forestry track suited for most vehicles for year round use. Finally there is a concrete ford that allows vehicles over the stream.

There are no public rights of way within the woodland.

Rights and covenants

Sporting rights are in hand.


Dury Water Wood is suited to small scale woodland management for both wildlife and timber along with peaceful family enjoyment.

A calmness about the location perfectly suits relaxing activities such as forest bathing and yoga.

The open nature of the tree canopy in parts of Dury Water Wood are perfect for star gazing on clear summer nights when taking in the serene atmosphere on occasional overnight camping trips.

Local area and history

Dury Water Wood is nestled within the beautiful North Devon countryside within the parish of Ashwater. Although in a peaceful location, the A30 is accessible and to the north the market town of Holsworthy is only a few miles away whilst the popular North Cornwall surfing beaches lie 15 miles to the west. These offer opportunities for surfing and bodyboarding along with scenic walks, sailing and fishing.

The local village of Ashwater is within walking distance and provides a pub, community shop, post office and church.

Wood maps

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

Find this wood

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


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 190
  • Grid ref: SX 402 981
  • Nearest post code: EX21 5EP
  • GPS coordinates: 50.7613, -4.26584

Location map


- Take the A30 and from either westbound or eastbound leave at the junction at Stowford Cross signposted to Roadford Lake as well as Broadwoodwidger & Bratton Clovelly.

- Turn left at the T-junction if you are coming off eastbound from the A30 or right at the T-junction if coming off westbound from the A30, each way will be signposted to Broadwoodwidger & Roadford Lake.

- Stay on this road for 5 miles, crossing the stunning landscape of Roadford Lake until you get to Ivyhouse Cross where you turn left.

- Turn immediately left at Reservoir Cross towards Ashwater.

- Stay on this road for 3 miles, going through Ashmill, until you see a farm lane on your right signposted to Braddon & East Venn.

- Turn right onto the concrete farm lane and at the first fork take the left turn towards the Braddon Estate.

- After around 100 metres look out for the old metal gates on you left indicating the old entrance of the estate and continue along the concrete track, following it round to the right when you reach the top end by a sign saying 'North Ride'.

- Staying on the main concrete track, turning right down towards the old courtyard of the estate. Please drive with care here.

- Head through the courtyard, out into an open field where the track becomes a stone forestry track with a wooden fence on your left hand side.

- Follow this track down the hill, around to the left, along for around 150 metres and then continue along the track around to the right.

- Keep on this long straight part of the stoned forestry track, passing a large lake on your right, until it turns left at the end.

- Follow the track left here and after about 30 metres you will see a spur off to the right where there is a concrete ford over the stream.

- Here you can either park up and walk across the stream using the footbridge or you can drive carefully over the ford.

- Either way turn left once upon the stone track and follow the track for around 50 metres until you see the entrance and parking area for Dury Water Wood on you right hand side indicated with a 'Dury Water Wood' name sign. You can turn and park here on the stoned area.

Satnav/GPS note: the postcode EX21 5EP is for the point shown by the red dot on the two location maps.

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.

An attractive broadleaved woodland which includes a large wildlife pond.

Managed by Stuart Brooking

Telephone: 07801 789215

Email: [email protected]