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SOLD: Lighthouse Meadow £95,000 Freehold

  • Clovelly, Near Hartland, Devon
  • about 6 ¾ acres
  • Devon

Description

Lighthouse Meadow sits around 130 metres above sea level within a few fields of the north Devon coastal areas around the quaint fishing village of Clovelly. Gently sloping to the south-east the meadow boasts excellent views of both the local tree lined meadow landscape and, in the distance, the sea at Bideford Bay.

Uniquely there are signs of a Bronze Age settlement just on the north-eastern fringe of the meadow.

A fantastic meadow of numerous possibilities including tree planting, small scale agricultural uses as well as recreational enjoyment.

The purchasers of the meadow will be asked to enter into a covenant to ensure the quiet and peaceful enjoyment of adjoining woodlands and meadows.

Trees

Lighthouse Meadow is edged at the south by a mature tree lined hedge bank with species such as oak, hazel, hawthorn and blackthorn.

There is a small copse upon the lower slopes which has been recently planted with trees such as oak, alder, wild cherry, hazel and birch.

Tree planting upon the meadow could be undertaken subject to any permissions required.

Wildlife

The tranquil locality ensures that wildlife thrives in the mosaic of habitats that are found in this stunning part of Devon.

House martins and swallows swoop over the meadow in the summer months catching flying insects while buzzards perch on fence posts searching for voles.

Both red and roe deer frequent the meadow.

Features

Along the northern boundary is a recently established hedgerow, an important habitat as well as a shelterbelt. This hedge follows the line of an old medieval hedge bank system and the line of posts along the eastern boundary of Lighthouse Meadow follows another medieval hedge line and could also be re-established by the purchaser.

After the Second World War there was large hedgerow removal with the passing of the Agriculture Act and the hedgerow removal was part of the drive to produce food. The Forestry Commission assessed that in 1950 there was 1 million kilometres of hedgerow in England - by 2007 the figure was down to 477,000 km.

However more recently the wildlife value of hedges has been recognised and in 1997 they became protected under the Hedgerows Regulations Act. Since then there have been grants to reinstate, repair and maintain hedgerows under various grant schemes.

Just at the north eastern fringe of the meadow is a visible edge of an Early Bronze Age enclosure, a prominent feature with the local landscape for centuries.

Access, tracks and footpaths

Access to the meadow is from quiet country lanes and then via a refurbished stoned forestry track directly to the entrance. There is a shared parking/ turning area at the entrance to the Meadow.

Within a 30 - 40 minute walk is the SW coastal path along the Hartland Peninsula

Another beautiful walk is through the National Trust Woodreeve Wood that takes you to the upper reaches of the world famous village of Clovelly.

There are no public rights of way over the meadow or the access track.

Rights and covenants

Activities

The location allows for amenity enjoyment of the meadow with occasional camping.

Small scale agricultural projects can be enjoyed or the purchaser may wish to restore the biodiversity to the meadow via a rewilding project.

A tree planting project may be ideally suited to all or part of the meadow subject to any permissions required. This could complement and enhance the tree cover found to the south of Lighthouse Meadow.

Local area and history

Lighthouse Meadow is located within the North Devon Coast Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and is near both the rural village of Hartland and the picturesque fishing village of Clovelly.

The AONB covers 66 square miles of varied landscapes from wild coastal cliffs, spectacular waterfalls and rocky coves to sand dunes and beaches, wooded combes and valleys with sheltered villages. You can explore a plethora of amazing places including Northam Burrows Country Park, Westward Ho!’s Pebble Ridge and Braunton Burrows which is a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.

Wood maps

Wood map

Boundaries

All boundaries are indicated with green markings.

The southern and western boundaries are along a tree lined hedge bank.

The northern boundary is along the edge of the access track.

The eastern boundary is indicated by a line of fence posts.

Find this wood

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

Location

  • OS Landranger: OS No. 190
  • Grid ref: SS 290 253
  • Nearest post code: EX39 6AN
  • GPS coordinates: 51.0024, -4.43798

Location map

Directions

- Please contact Stuart to discuss access options for viewing prior to your visit.

- From Tiverton continue to follow the A361 to Barnstaple.

- At the first roundabout continue straight over still following the A361.

- At the next roundabout take the first exit onto the A39 towards Bideford.

- Stay on the A39 for around 19 miles until just past Clovelly Cross where you take the next right turn onto the B3248 towards Hartland.

- After 2.5 miles leave the B3248 at Lighthouse Cross turning right signposted to Hartland Point and the Lighthouse.

- Carry on past Yapham Cross and turn right at the next junction, Highdown Cross at the fork in the road, signposted towards Brownsham Farm.

- After around 100 metres you will see the entrance gate on your right indicated by a ‘Woodlands For Sale’ sign.

- Park to one side of the gate to view Lighthouse Meadow, leaving access to the gate.

- Please note full vehicular access will be given to the buyer.

- Carefully climb over the gate and follow the stoned track for around 400 metres until you come out into a meadow area.

- Just on the right hand side of the track as you enter the meadow is a shared parking area and the entrance to the meadow indicated by the 'Lighthouse Meadow' name sign.

- From the Bude direction follow the A39 north until just before Clovelly Cross and take the left hand turn onto the B3248 towards Hartland. Then follow the directions above from here.

- Satnav/GPS note: the postcode EX39 6AN is for the point shown by the red dot on the location maps number 2.

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.

A lush meadow sited near the north Devon coast with far reaching views that include the sea in the distance.

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Managed by Stuart Brooking

Telephone: 07801 789215

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