George Wood sits near the top of the Mole valley in the rural heartland of Devon. To the southern edge of the woodland there are far-reaching views over the green hills and woodlands on either side of Mole valley. The river Mole provides excellent fishing opportunities for trout and salmon.
George Wood is listed as Ancient semi-natural woodland on the Government's Magic database. This means that this woodland has existed at least since 1600 AD. The woodland shows many signs of its longevity with flower species that take many years to spread such as bluebells whilst large mature trees and the wide variety of wildlife that inhabits the nooks and crannies provide further evidence that this is an ancient woodland. Notable wildlife seen are the marbled blue eyed Jay with a shrill screeching call, badger families that have lived in their setts probably as long as the woodland has been there. Also both roe and red deer are regularly seen here.
In the spring the bluebells burst to life beneath the towering oak and beech trees that create the canopy of the woodland. Hazel 'stools' grow underneath these larger trees and can be used as a sustainable firewood supply or for making green wood products such as bean poles, walking sticks and hurdles.
A small stream runs west to east near the northern boundary which adds to the interest and is also a valuable source of water for those who wish to camp here.
The name George Wood is derived from the local village George Nympton. The place name Nympton is synonymous with the local area (nearby is King's Nympton village and train station) and is linked to the river Mole which was once known as the Nymet. Nympton is thought to be derived from the Celtic ‘nemeton’ meaning a ‘sacred place’ and usually refers to a grove or wood.
Local facilities include The Exeter Inn, the local village pub, the nearby High Bullen Hotel - a luxurious place to stay with golf, tennis and day licences for fishing. If you fancy a treat when visiting your woodland, perhaps as an alternative to camping, the quaint Mole Cottage is just a 10 minute walk away.
The King's Nympton train station is a few miles from the woodland. The station is part of the Tarka line - famous for being one of the most beautiful train journeys in the country. The rail line links directly to Exeter.
George Wood lies about 8 miles south of Barnstaple - the gateway to explore the rugged coast of north Devon with its many beautiful beaches such as Westward Ho! and the popular surfing beaches of Croyde and Woolacombe.
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.
All boundaries are indicated with pink markings on posts and trees.
This wood is no longer available. For more woods in the area, please see the regional page or contact our regional manager. To be notified as soon as new woods become available, please subscribe to our regional mailing lists, or subscribe to notifications in one of our apps for iPhone and Android.
OS Landranger: OS No 191
Grid ref: SS 658 214
Nearest post code: EX37 9HF
- Travelling from Exeter or Barnstaple follow the A377 Barnstaple road until you are near King's Nympton railway station and then take the Fortescue Cross Newnham Junction turning onto the B3226 towards South Molton.
- Stay on this road, go over a bridge and past Head Mill Trout Farm, after about two and a half miles you will see a 'Woodlands for Sale' sign on your left hand side and the entrance to the wood.
- Just past the entrance on the right hand side is a lay-by. It is best to park here to view so as not to block the entrance to the woodland.
- Walk through the main woodland entrance via the public footpath gate and follow the main track directly in front of you. Please note that the tracks giving access to, and within, George Wood are not public rights of way which ensures privacy.
- At the fork in the track take the right hand track and continue along it.
- Pass a parking area on your left, take a sharp right hand bend and keep on the main track for another 200 metres until you reach another parking area. The owner of George Wood will get a key to the main gate allowing them to drive up the track and into the woodland.
- Park here and follow the main track down the hill for around 100 metres. until you reach the entrance to George Wood indicated by a ride stop with the 'George Wood' name sign.
- There is further access tracks to the woodland. From where you have parked follow the track up the hill to the corner of a field (heading west) abd you see an entrance track on your right. You can walk past this entrance and enjoy the views over the Taw valley can be seen over the hedge bank on your left on this track to a third entrance track on your right after another 100 metres.
- From the M5 leave at junction 27 and take the A361 towards Tiverton and Barnstaple. At the roundabout after about 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 7 miles until you pass 'Mole Cottage' pottery and B&B on your right.
- Shortly after this park in the lay-by on the left hand side of the road by a sign for the High Bullen Hotel. This ensures the woodland entrance on the opposite side of the road is kept clear.
- Across the road you will see a 'woodlands for sale' sign. This is the main entrance to the woodland. From here follow the directions above from the point of entering the main woodland entrance via the public footpath gate.
- Satnav/GPS note: the postcode EX37 9HF is for the point shown by the red dot on the location map.
All boundaries are indicated with pink markings on posts and trees.
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 his or her 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.
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.