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Erth Wood, Devon - Nearly 3 ½ acres, £39,000

Erth Wood

With the ever increasing threat to Ancient woodland the importance of woodland such as Erth Wood is becoming ever more prevalent. Erth Wood 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 long undisturbed woodland environment of Erth Wood is a perfect haven for wildlife. Insects such as woodland 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. Red and roe deer frequent the woodland along with badgers and foxes. There is also an incredible variety of flora within Erth Wood such as bluebells, wood anemones, wood spurge and yellow archangel.

The name Erth Wood is derived from Saint Urith, a local Brythonic lady who was born nearby. She converted to Christianity and formed a church in the nearby village of Chittlehampton. A pretty graphic legend describes how she was beheaded due to her martyrdom and that flowers grew wherever her blood was spilled. Her feast day of the 8th of July is still a time of pilgrimage to an Ancient slab in St Hieritha's Church, Chittlehampton, believed to cover St. Heiratha's tomb - 'Erth' and 'Urith' both being derived from the name Heiratha.

Erth Wood is accessed via a forestry track that is suited to all year 4x4 use and for cars in the drier months. Internal access is good and most of the woodland has a topography ideal for camping and family enjoyment. A track from the woodland leads up to the pleasant village of Chittlehamholt which has facilities such as a community shop and an Inn.

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

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: £39,000 Freehold
  • Location: Chittlehamholt, Near South Molton, Devon
  • Size: Nearly 3 ½ acres for sale


The northern and southern boundaries are indicated by a line of posts with purple markings.

The eastern boundary is along the edge of the access track and is indicated with purple markings on trees.

The western boundary is indicated with purple markings along an old wood bank along the edge of the woodland.

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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: SS 657 208
Nearest post code: EX37 9NS



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

- Travelling from Exeter or Barnstaple follow 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 take the left turn up the hill signposted Chittlehamholt.

- Follow this road for around 2 miles until you enter the village of Chittlehamholt.

- The entrance track to the woodland is about 100 metres after the Exeter Inn, in the centre of the village on the right. You can park in the car park of the Exeter Inn by kind permission of the landlord if you like and continue your viewing on foot. Or drive on past the Exeter Inn if taking your vehicle.

- Continue you on through the village and just before the road turns sharply right turn right onto a track signposted as a public footpath.

- Follow this track around a right hand bend, past some cottages and down the hill until you come to 2 gates.

- Go through the left hand gate, signposted with a ‘woodlands.co.uk’ direction arrow and a footpath arrow. You will see a ‘woodlands for sale’ sign in front of you at the main woodland gate. Go through the kissing gate if walking or enter the code for the padlock and drive into the main car parking area for Erth Wood.

- The entrance to Erth Wood is around 450 metres along the forestry track on the right hand side defined by a ride stop with the ‘Erth Wood’ name sign on it. There is a parking area at the entrance so you can drive to the woodland if you have a suitable vehicle.

- There is a second access gate to the east of the site so the purchaser can drive down the track when leaving the site for ease of use.

- 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 5 and a half miles and take a right turn up a hill just opposite Higher Watertown Farm. If you pass Mole Cottage B&B you have just missed the turn and need to turn around and take the first left.

- Turn left at the T junction at the top of the hill signposted towards Chittlehampton.

- Ente the village and continue to the car park of the Exeter Inn.

- Follow the directions to the woodland from the Inn as described above.

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


The northern and southern boundaries are indicated by a line of posts with purple markings.

The eastern boundary is along the edge of the access track and is indicated with purple markings on trees.

The western boundary is indicated with purple markings along an old wood bank along the edge of the woodland.

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