SOLD: Peak Hill Wood £59,000 Freehold

  • Near Sidford, Sidmouth, Devon
  • about 4 ¼ acres
  • Devon


Peak Hill Wood is nestled at the upper edge of Harcombe Hill and has a great open aspect with fine views.

It is a user friendly site with good access, a mix of tree species and a plethora of wildlife.

Perfect for family adventures whether it be woodland management, camping or simply enjoying the wildlife and peaceful setting.

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 is a variety of woodland habitats within Peak Hill Wood. At the heart of the woodland mature conifer trees dominate, mainly Spruce which are well spaced creating an open feeling with good access at ground level.

The south east area consists of fast growing area of planted trees and scrub; birch and hazel dominate here.

The north western edge has been cleared of mature conifer trees in the last few years. Natural regeneration is taking place with birch, pine and rowan growing well. This open landscape has also allowed ground flora to become established, mostly dominated by heather which gives a wonderful purple display in the summer.

Throughout the woodland you can find both mature and young regenerating Scots Pine trees (Pinus Sylvestris). Scots pine are great for wildlife, from stump dwelling mosses to Greater Spotted Woodpeckers feeding of the pine cones. Traditionally pines trees were planted as windbreaks for farms and in clusters to act as a reference for travellers.

The timber of Scots pine is very strong and is used in the construction industry and joinery, as well as being made into charcoal. A versatile tree, the bark can be made into rope and the cones are used for making dye and when dried are excellent for lighting fires.


The open nature of the central area of woodland allows raptors such as Buzzards to glide effortlessly through the trees whilst on the look out for an easy meal. In contrast in the dense area of natural regeneration trees small birds feed and nest. Likely species would be Great tits, Blue tits, Wrens and Goldcrests, Wood Warblers and Blackcap.

Roe deer enjoy grazing on the ground vegetation and can hide themselves away in the dense scrub.


A fine view to the west includes views of Peak Hill. On a clear winters day when trees a free of leaves Sidmouth can be seen and the coast beyond.

The woodland includes an extremely useful wooden shelter for storage, drying wood or as a wildlife hide.

Access, tracks and footpaths

There is a stoned access track to Peak Hill Wood from a quiet country lane not far from the charming village of Sidford.

An internal track leads part way into the woodland that can be used by most vehicles and an ancient cleared forestry track heads through the trees, allowing good access on foot.

The access track that borders the north western boundary is a bridleway and gives the woodland owner access to other footpaths and bridleways from which to explore this stunning part of Devon.

Rights and covenants

The standard covenant applies to this woodland.


Peak Hill Wood is ideally suited for family enjoyment, small scale forestry and as a nature haven.

There is good access, even for a campervan most of the year around. The level and open nature of the woodland is a great place for children to go exploring and there is plenty of space to set up a tent or yurt.

Local area and history

Peak Hill Wood is named after Peak Hill, which can actually be seen from the north western edge of the woodland. The Hill which is managed by the National Trust is within a few miles walk of the woodland and has the south west coastal path traversing it. The walk is well worth the effort with amazing costal views. The current management of the hill at Sidmouth includes clearing scrub to allow wildflower meadows to be created to benefit populations of butterflies.

The nearby coastline around Seaton and Sidmouth is the beginning of a World Heritage Site consisting of 95 miles of Jurassic coastline that begins at the nearby Orcombe point

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 Peak Hill 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.

Particulars and plans were prepared by our local manager, Stuart Brooking.

Wood maps

Wood map


All boundaries are indicated with blue markings on posts and trees.

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

The north western boundary is along the edge of the access tracks.

The south western boundary is indicated by a line of fence posts.

The south eastern boundary is an old hedge bank.

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 158 912
  • Nearest post code: EX10 0PR
  • GPS coordinates: 50.7146, -3.19296

Location map


You can view Peak Hill Wood at anytime by taking a copy of the details with you. The woodland can be accessed on foot.

- 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, 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.

- Walk through the pedestrian gap in the gateway and take the right hand track up the hill.

- Turn right at the top and immediately left.

- Walk along the forestry track for another 50 metres and you will see the entrance to Peak Hill Wood on your left indicated by a 'Peak Hill Wood' name sign on a ride stop.

- Satnav/GPS note: the postcode EX10 0PR 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.

Set on the upper reaches of Harcombe Hill, this level woodland has good access, a wooden shelter and a lovely aspect looking over the surrounding countryside.

Managed by Stuart Brooking

Telephone: 07801 789215

Email: [email protected]