SOLD: Bradbury Wood £39,000 Freehold

  • Chittlehamholt, Near South Molton, Devon
  • nearly 3 ½ acres
  • Devon


Bradbury Wood is perfectly suited for the preservation and enhancement of a 'Ancient' woodland site.

This woodland habitat forms part of a larger woodland, most of which is listed on the Government woodland "Magic" database as ancient semi-natural woodland which means that this woodland has existed since at least since 1600AD.

Ancient woodland has many features that only exist due to the longevity of the woodland habitat, flora and fauna and soil characteristics. There is much focus on the preservation and enhancement of Ancient woodland sites including free woodland surveys offered at present by government funded projects.

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 are numerous species of trees within the woodland, including some majestic old oak trees along with clusters of mature beech trees. Under this canopy layer is a mix of shrub tress which include hazel, holly and some smaller beech trees.


Woodland flora within Bradbury Wood includes bluebells, wood anemones, wood spurge and yellow archangel, all good indicators of an Ancient woodland site. Insects such as beetles feed on any decaying wood on the ground floor. The insects in turn are a source of food for many varieties of birds including greater spotted woodpeckers, nuthatches, tree creepers and long tailed tits. You may even be lucky enough to see a badger, fox or deer exploring the woodland.


There is an old path that goes though the middle of the woodland which is a useful way to navigate through the trees.

Throughout the larger woodland of which Bradbury Wood forms part there are numerous historical signs of management carried out in the past such as old charcoal workings and saw pits. There could well be historic features such as these within Bradbury Wood if surveyed in detail by a woodland historian.

Access, tracks and footpaths

Bradbury Wood is accessed via a forestry track that is suited to all year 4x4 use and for most of the year in other vehicles. There is a large private car park just inside the main woodland gate allowing for year round parking with any vehicle.

Internal access is good and most of the woodland has a topography ideal for camping and family enjoyment. There is also a large parking area at the north of Bradbury Wood which is ideally suited for overnight stays with a campervan. A track from the woodland leads up to the pleasant village of Chittlehamholt which has facilities such as a community shop and an Inn.

Rights and covenants

The standard covenant applies.


A place to visit and enjoy the calming influence of a mature woodland - immerse yourself in the relaxing ambience of a woodland environment, perhaps in a hammock. Or maybe visit as a family and enjoy exploring, building dens and then finish the day around a camp fire toasting marshmallows.

Local area and history

A short drive away is the quaint market town of South Molton. Bradbury Wood is also a good base from which to explore the north Devon coastline and the stunning Exmoor National Park.

Wood maps

Wood map


The western boundary are indicated by a line of posts with green markings.

The northern and southern boundaries are along the edge of the access tracks and are indicated with green markings on trees.

The eastern boundary goes to a point by a wooden gate.

Find this wood

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


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 191
  • Grid ref: SS 658 209
  • Nearest post code: EX37 9NS
  • GPS coordinates: 50.9719, -3.91184

Location map


- Please register your interest with the local manager and then you will be given the access code for the padlock so you can view Bradbury Wood.

- To access the western entrance, travel from Exeter or Barnstaple following the A377 Barnstaple road until you are near Kings Nympton railway station then take the Fortescue Cross Newnham Junction turning onto the B3226 towards South Molton.

- After nearly 2 miles you will see the main entrance gate to the woodland on your left indicated with a 'woodlands for sale' sign.

- Open the gate with the code and park on your left, closing and locking the gate behind you.

- Access from the east, best suited if arriving from the M5 -

- From the M5 leave at junction 27 and take the A361 towards Tiverton and Barnstaple. At the roundabout after around 23 miles take the exit to South Molton.

- In South Molton turn onto New Road (signposted towards Witheridge) and then turn right onto Mill Street.

- Then turn left onto South Street joining the B3226 towards the Crediton road.

- Stay on the B3226 for around 6 miles passing opposite Mole Cottage B&B on your right and you will find the entrance gate to the woodland on your right with a 'woodlands for sale' sign board.

- Enter the gate code and go through the gate and park in the car park leaving the main track clear.

- Walk up the track until it splits and then take the right hand track through the wooden gate - this track is private with no public rights of way.

- Continue up the track for about 100 metres until you come to a large parking area on the left of the track. There is a right to park here for Bradbury Wood.

- At the bottom (eastern) edge of this parking area you will see the entrance to Bradbury Wood indicated by a 'Bradbury Wood' name sign and a hand rail.

- Satnav/GPS note: the postcode EX37 9NS is for the point shown by the red dot on the location map.

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.

With good access, this Ancient and Semi-natural Woodland is a peaceful place to spend time enjoying wildlife and camping.

Managed by Stuart Brooking

Telephone: 07801 789215

Email: [email protected]