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Benedicts Wood, Devon - About 4 ⅔ acres, £49,000

Benedicts Wood

Benedicts Wood was open land until around 1900 when it was planted as a conifer woodland. The current planting of Douglas fir trees were planted in 1969, suggesting the woodland is on its second rotation of timber. The woodland has favourable topography making this a very usable land and perfectly suited for family forestry and camping.

The Douglas fir tree was first imported to Britain from North America in 1826-27 and was extensively planted over the years with over 87,000 acres recorded as planted by the Forestry Commission in 1963. The Douglas fir was planted in the western and northern areas of Britain due to the higher rainfall and thrives in the milder weather in the south west. The timber of this tree is very versatile and uses include cladding, outdoor forestry joinery projects and even flooring.

Benedicts Wood is named after a historic bridge in the nearby village of Liverton that was constructed in the 18th Century. The bridge has notable features, one being an Ordnance Survey (OS) bench mark carved into the old stone and shown on the 1889 OS map of Devon. Bench marks were carved by the staff of the OS as a measured level to provide a network of datum points at which height has been precisely measured above sea level. Bench marks used to total around half a million in Great Britain but are not needed anymore due to the use of GPS systems. It is thought around half of them have been lost.

Access to the woodland is convenient from the A38 Devon Expressway via a country lane and down a stoned forestry track into the upper reaches of the River Lemon valley, a more peaceful location on the edge of Dartmoor National Park would be hard to find.

There is a wonderful old tree lined wood bank along the eastern boundary that is shared with the adjoining woodland. Here is a mix of maturing broadleaved trees including sweet chestnut and beech providing a variety of habitats for woodland birds.

The woodland has a raised siting and is south facing.

Included with Benedicts Wood is a very useful right of way by foot along the main woodland track heading north through other areas of private woodland, this links to a bridleway onto Dartmoor following the attractive river Lemon. There is a good tavern at Ilsignton that can be walked to in around 45 minutes. The magnificent surroundings of the National Park of Dartmoor give endless opportunities for exploration and adventure. The nearby coastal Torbay has numerous beaches and activities.

Many of these attractions can be reached by local buses or recently opened cycle paths allowing safe off-road cycling to Newton Abbot with links to mainline and local trains.

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

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.

  • Price: £49,000 Freehold
  • Location: Near Sigford, Ashburton, Devon
  • Size: About 4 ⅔ acres for sale


All boundaries are indicated with orange markings on trees or posts.

The eastern boundary is along the middle of an old tree lined wood bank.

The northern and southern boundaries follows the edge of the forestry tracks.

The western is indicated by a line of fence posts.

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Local manager

stuart Stuart Brooking
07801 789215 or 01392 436229

Read more about Stuart.

How to find this woodland

You are welcome to visit this wood by yourself, but please ensure that you have a copy of these sales details with you - many of our woodlands do not have mobile phone reception or internet access so we recommend either printing the details or downloading them to your phone/tablet/laptop.

Do remember to also check that it is still available for sale. If you have seen the woodland and wish to be accompanied on a second more detailed visit please contact our local manager.

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OS Landranger: OS No 191
Grid ref: SX 785 732
Nearest post code: TQ12 6LF



- To view this woodland please first contact the agent to register your interest and to aquire the code for the padlocks.

- Once you have arranged to view then from Exeter, head south on the A38 and take the exit for Ashburton sign posted B3352.

- From the slip road turn right at the junction (heading towards Ashburton) and cross back over the A38 and turn right signposted Exeter A38 to re-join the A38 northbound.

- Proceed for around half a mile along the A38 northbound then take the exit signed for Newton Abbot (A383), Bickington and Widecombe.

- Take the first left hand turning signed Widecombe and Sigford and drive up the hill.

- When the road levels out, look for a large doubled gated entrance on your right with a www.woodlands.co.uk 'woodlands for sale' sign on the left hand gate. If you get to Hooks Cross and see another 'woodlands for sale' sign you have gone too far!

- If the gate is locked then enter the code and open the gate (please close behind you unless the gate was already open).

- Drive carefully down the track until you reach a second gate with a 'woodlands for sale' sign on it. Enter the second gate code here if the gate is locked and again please shut the gate behind you unless the gate was already open.

- Here there is a large parking area so if you want to enjoy a walk to Benedicts Wood you can leave your vehicle here, or you can drive on nearer to the woodland.

- Either way take the main track on the left after the large parking area and head down the hill until you reach a fork in the track.

- Ignore the right hand track here with a stoned surface and continue along the track for about 250 metres past another smaller forestry track on your right (this is a right of way for the southern edge of the woodland).

- As the main track takes a sharp left, you will see a forestry track head through a wood bank on your right. This is the entrance track to Benedicts Wood. There is an old metal forestry sign just after this turn.

- If you drove then park here just off the main track and walk down the track through the hedge bank. The forestry track leading to Benedicts Wood is mostly suitable for all vehicles throughout the year.

- You will find the entrance to Benedicts Wood just here on the left.

- Satnav/GPS note: the postcode TQ12 6LF is for the point shown by the red dot on the location map number 2.


All boundaries are indicated with orange markings on trees or posts.

The eastern boundary is along the middle of an old tree lined wood bank.

The northern and southern boundaries follows the edge of the forestry tracks.

The western is indicated by a line of fence posts.

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All woodlands are sold at a fixed price, and include free membership of the Small Woodland Owners Group and the Royal Forestry Society, as well as £300 towards paying for a course (or courses) to help with managing and enjoying your woodland.

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.

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