SOLD: Ladram Bay Wood £69,000 Freehold
- Near Sidbury, Sidmouth, Devon
- about 4 ⅓ acres
Entrance and middle track
Views over farmland at the west
Birch polypore fungi
Knarled old holly tree in a clearing
Wet woodland habitat
Looking down through the trees
Old wood bank at the south
Track that provides 4 x 4 access to the heart of the woodland
Ladram Bay Wood has been part of the wooded landscape since the late 1800s at least. 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 and walking the East Devon Way, as well as the 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.
Formed predominantly of mature broadleaved tree species, the tree canopy includes impressively large English oaks along with birch, ash, beech and alder with an understory of hazel, holly and rowan.
At the south eastern edge there is a stand of maturing conifer trees, a useful source of timber for small scale forestry projects.
This stunning valley habitat allows nature to thrive throughout the seasons. From the ground flora bursting into life in the spring to the cool leaf-lined tree canopy giving dappled shade in the summer; then through the varied autumnal conditions with fungi and plentiful food for wildlife and on into the winter where birds and mammals seek refuge. Nature can be enjoyed and studied year-round.
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.
A path has been cleared on the lower, western section of the woodland to wind down to the stream where there is a rustic picnic bench sited within an open glade. Here you will find a wonderful spring fed stream which arises not far away to the north east near Farway Common.
The upper, eastern part of the woodland has an old track running from the main access track which runs along the north eastern boundary. Here the woodland is more densely populated by holly trees.
Access, tracks and footpaths
The woodland is accessed from a quiet country lane and then via a good stoned forestry track suited for 4x4 vehicles all year round and other vehicles in the drier months. This track provides access to the upper, south eastern boundary where there is the older track leading down into the centre of Ladram Bay Wood. This is a quiet permissive footpath. There are no public rights of way through Ladram Bay Wood.
Another shared lower track leads into the heart of the Ladram Bay Wood and is suitable for 4x4 use and handy for accessing wood for logs or smaller timber projects.
This track leads all the way to the entrance of the woodland where there is a parking and turning 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
Ladram Bay Wood takes it name from Ladram Bay, a secluded bay with a pebble beach which is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. Nestled between Hern Point Rock and Smallstones Point, Ladram Bay is part of the World Heritage Site consisting of 95 miles of Jurassic coastline that begins at the nearby Orcombe point. The woodland is perfectly situated to explore this impressive scenery, the South West Coast Path at Sidmouth is within walking distance of Ladram Bay Wood.
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 Ladram Bay 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.
All boundaries are indicated with pink markings on posts and trees.
The southern boundary is indicated by an old wood bank on the western side of the track and a line of fence posts on the eastern side.
The eastern boundary runs along the main access 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 160 917
- Nearest post code: EX10 0PR
- GPS coordinates: 50.7193, -3.1904
- 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 onto Chelson Lane, 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 Ladram Bay Wood take the left hand track just inside the gate and continue along for for around 200 metres until you see a wooden gate on your left. Through this gate is the access into the centre of Ladram Bay Wood. You can also continue along the main track for another 100 metres until you see a 'woodlands for sale' sign on your left. Here you can access and old track which takes you into the upper section of the woodland.
- If you want to access the lower track, carefully climb over the gate as described above and 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 see the beginning of the woodland each side of the track indicated on the left by the the name sign for 'Ladram Bay Wood'.
- Satnav/GPS note: the postcode EX10 0PR is for the point shown by the red dot on the location maps number 2.
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.