SOLD: Beer Head Wood £35,000 Freehold

  • Near Sidbury, Sidmouth, Devon
  • about 2 ⅓ acres
  • Devon


Beer Head Wood has been part of the wooded landscape since, at least, the late 1800s. It was formerly part of what was known as 'Harcombe Great Coppice'.

The woodland forms part of Harcombe Hill, located on the eastern slopes of the beautiful Sid Valley, within the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The location is peaceful with surrounding land being either wooded or farmland. Ideally located for cycling or walking the East Devon Way, along with nearby coastal towns and villages such as Sidmouth and Branscombe.

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.


Beer Head Wood is a mature broadleaved woodland with a good range of tree species including towering English oaks, birch, ash, beech and alder with an understory of hazel, holly and rowan.

The southern part of the woodland has areas of open ground with some hazel coppice. The northern part of the woodland supports species such as the alder tree (Alnus glutinosa).


An abundance of wildlife can be found and enjoyed.

Signs of otters using the stream along the western boundary can be seen on occasion by looking for their 'spraints' upon prominent rocks and stones. Otters will often mark the same rocks and stones when using streams and rivers to mark their territory.

Within the woodland, roe deer are frequent visitors.

Wild birds are resident or regular users of Beer Head Wood. Greater-spotted woodpeckers use older decaying trees as both feeding grounds for insects and beetles as well as making small circle holes to use for nesting. Other species include blue, great and long tailed tits, buzzards, robins, nuthatches and treecreepers. The hoot ta hoot of owls can be heard as evening draws near.


There are many features within Beer Head Wood. From old banks along the northern boundary to a stunning stream that flows north to south along the western edge.

A good mix of tree species and ages gives a good structure to the woodland as well as a supply of wood for green woodworking and firewood.

Access, tracks and footpaths

The woodland is accessed from a quiet country lane and then via a good stoned forestry track suited for 4x4 use year round and other vehicles in the drier months. This track leads all the way to the entrance of the woodland where there is a parking and turning area.

There is a permissive footpath along some of the entrance track but the spur track which leads to Beer Head Wood is private. Within the boundaries of Beer Head Wood there are no public rights of way.

The southern part of the woodland has good, open ground conditions allowing straightforward access in and around the trees and down to the stream. Areas of the northern edge of Beer Head Wood are important wet woodland habitat and a fun project would be to create a boardwalk in this area.

Rights and covenants

The standard covenant applies to this woodland.


This woodland is very much suited to recreational and wildlife enjoyment. The variety of habitats provides a plethora of flora and fauna to enjoy.

There are clearings which are perfect for private camping with family and friends.

The stream along the western boundary is a good place to explore for unusual stones and perhaps if you are lucky the odd fossil find.

Local area and history

The nearby coastline around Seaton and Sidmouth is a World Heritage Site consisting of 95 miles of Jurassic coastline that begins at the nearby Orcombe point

There are a number of thriving, local small scale fishing industries based along the nearby coastline with day boats catching fish and crabs. The bass fishery attracts many anglers in season and there are a number of chartered fishing trips available.

Please do enjoy your visit to Beer Head Wood, but take care of any undulating ground or trip hazards as well as standing or leaning deadwood which has been left as a wildlife habitat.

Particulars and plans were prepared by our local manager, Stuart Brooking.

Wood maps

Wood map


All boundaries are indicated with blue markings on posts and trees.

The southern boundary is indicated by an old wood bank.

The eastern boundary runs along a forestry track.

The northern boundary is indicated by a line of fence posts.

The western boundary is indicated by the stream.

Find this wood

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


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 192
  • Grid ref: SY 159 916
  • Nearest post code: EX10 0PR
  • GPS coordinates: 50.7188, -3.19204

Location map


- From Honiton take the A375 south towards Sidford & Sidmouth.

- At the top of the hill out of Honition turn left at Putts Corner onto Seaton Road, signposted to Seaton & Farway.

- Stay on this road for around 2 miles until you get to Chelson Corner Cross where you turn right onto Beech Tree Lane.

- Follow this road for about 1/2 a mile and take the first turning on your right at Chelson Cross, opposite 'Long Chimney Farm' which is signposted to Harcombe.

- Stay on this winding road for about 1.5 miles until you see a lay-by on your right at the top of a hill with 2 field gates. Carry on past these gates and down the hill until you see a forestry track in front of you on a left hand bend in the road. This is the access track and has a 'public bridleway' sign on a post here.

- Park on the left hand side of the track at the entrance and walk up to the main woodland entrance gate.

- To reach Beer Head Wood take the left hand track down the hill and continue for for around 200 metres until see at track turn left down the hill at a car parking area. Take this track down the hill.

- Walk down this track and follow around to the right at the bottom of the hill.

Continue along the track for another 100 metres until you come to a large parking area and the entrance to the woodland indicated by the the name sign for 'Beer Head Wood' on your left.

- Satnav/GPS note: the postcode EX10 0PR is for the point shown by the red dot on the location maps number 2.

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.

A hidden gem - an older, established native woodland that has good internal access and a winding stream along one of the boundaries.

Managed by Stuart Brooking

Telephone: 07801 789215

Email: [email protected]