Pugsley Wood is a delightful semi natural ancient woodland with towering oak trees interspersed with other broadleaved trees and hazel coppice. In the spring the woodland really comes to life with a covering of bluebells and other shade-tolerant flowers such as lesser celandine and the wood anemone. To the north of the woodland is a twisting stream that gives the soothing sound of running water to this part of Pugsley Wood.
The peaceful nature of this woodland gives a perfect habitat for wildlife. Both roe and red deer are frequently seen browsing on plants and buds. A quiet observer may spot a fox hunting or a badger foraging in Pugsley Wood. The abundance of invertebrates in standing and fallen dead wood lay on a feast for bird life including robins, long tailed tits and woodpeckers to name a few.
The name of the woodland comes from a local family name and indeed the name of a now lost village or hamlet in the area. Up to 7,000 villages and hamlets have apparently been lost in the last few centuries due to clearing of areas of land for agriculture and natural disasters such as the Black Death. The first City Librarian in the new library building in the city of Exeter was from the Pugsley family as can be seen on the plaque in the entrance foyer.
This area of north Devon has an abundance of interesting names! The woodland adjoins the village of Chittlehamholt, formerly a hamlet of Chittlehampton. The village originated as a forest clearing made by the villagers (the meaning of a 'holt').
Nearby facilities include The Exeter Inn, the local village pub: the perfect place to visit and restore your energy levels after a day spent enjoying your woodland! The nearby High Bullen Hotel is an excellent place to stay with golf, tennis as well as day licences for fishing within a few hundred metres of the woodland.
Pugsley Wood is ideally located with many services nearby and is convenient for making visits around mid-Devon and the north Devon coast. The King's Nympton train station is a few miles from the woodland and 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.
If you fancy a treat when visiting your woodland, perhaps as an alternative to camping, the beautiful Mole Cottage is just a 10 minute walk away.
Pugsley 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 violet markings on posts and trees.
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.
OS Landranger: OS No 191
Grid ref: SS 654 209
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 Pugsley 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 Pugsley Wood.
- The entrance to Pugsley Wood is around 350 metres along the forestry track on the left hand side defined by a ride stop with the ‘Pugsley Wood’ name sign on it. The is a stoned parking and turning area just past the entrance so you can drive to the woodland if you have a suitable vehicle.
- 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.
All boundaries are indicated with violet 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.