Riddle Wood is nestled on a peaceful valley within a few miles of Dartmoor in this beautiful part of rural Devon. The location is tranquil yet it is conveniently located within a 5 minute drive of the A30.
Mature conifer trees dominate the southern entrance of Riddle Wood with many smaller shrubs providing ground cover. The conifer trees, which include Douglas fir, can provide timber suitable for projects for the woodland owner. From the woodland entrance a path meanders through towering trees, be sure to continue all the way down this path and explore all the contrasting habitats.
As you proceed down the path to the northern section of the wood the conifer trees give way to an area of broadleaved trees dominated by birches. Birch has a high conservation value for a number of reasons: it gives an open canopy allowing light onto the ground and helping flowering plants to grow whilst the small leaves give some shade allowing other flora species such as mosses to establish. In turn the rich mixtures of flora provide an ideal habitat for birds to feed. Butterflies such as the Painted Lady and the Silver Wash Fritillary feed on the bramble and other plants. Birch is a resilient tree that can survive extreme weathers and windy conditions. If you are lucky you may see red deer or roe deer that often shelter in this part of the woodland. A fun family project that you could do with birch is the traditional skill of besom making.
Within the area of birches is a useful wooden forestry shelter has been built, ideal for storage or taking shelter on rainy days.
Following the path to the northern boundary will take you to an attractive stream where a picnic bench is located, please do take a while to sit and take and enjoy the sounds of flowing water and birdsong. Near to the stream are many hazel trees, hazel nuts for provide a good source of food for both the wood mouse and woodland owners alike! There is also a secondary access to this area is from a track from the eastern boundary from the bridleway.
Riddle Wood has a shared parking area just before the entrance gate and also space at the entrance to the woodland itself.
Riddle Wood is situated near the mid-Devon village of Cheriton Bishop, meaning 'church town' in Anglo-Saxon. The name Riddle Wood is a reference to the rich historical roots with the Anglo-Saxon period and the Exeter Book of Anglo-Saxon literature. This is a collection of poetry and writings referred to as ‘riddles’.
The village church, based on a Norman style is well worth visiting. At the edge of the village is Woodleigh Coach House, which was used as a resting place for travellers on the route between London and Penzance. It used to have a hayloft and stables for the horses of the stagecoaches. During the Second World War the building was used to house children. Indeed it was along the road running through the village that the news of Nelson's victory and his death at the Battle of Trafalgar was carried from Falmouth to the Admiralty based in London.
There is a pub, a shop, a post office and a cafe within the village, along with a primary school.
The village of Tedburn St. Mary is a few miles away and has a useful engineering shop selling fence posts, chainsaws and parts and many other items useful for the woodland owner.
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 blue markings
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: SX 761 944
Nearest post code: EX6 6JD
- From the East and North, follow the M5 to junction 31 where the road divides into the Plymouth bound A38 and the A30 Bodmin road. Take the A30 Bodmin road (the left hand fork of the road)
- From the south leave the A38 at the junction to the A30 Bodmin road, signposted Okehampton and Ide.
- Leave the A30 after about 10 miles at Woodleigh Junction, the exit is signposted Cheriton Bishop. Continue into the village and past the Old Thatch pub on your left.
- Shortly after this take the 2nd right turn, just before the village shop, signposted Yeoford and the village hall.
- Continue on this road for about a mile, over the A30 via a bridge, up a short hill and around a left hand bend. Straight after the Crossway Woodland burial site look for a 'Public Bridleway' sign on the left and a small sign saying 'Haven Lea' . Turn in here and continue down the hill until the lane splits.
- Take the right hand narrow track. After 100 metres park in the first parking area on your left. You will see an arrowed 'woodlands for sale' sign here pointing you along the track.
- Continue along the track and down hill for around 200 metres until you see a gate on your left hand side with a 'woodlands for sale' sign on it.
- Climb carefully over or around the gate, past the second parking area on you right and you will see the entrance to Riddle Wood along the track on the right defined by a ride stop with a 'Riddle Wood' name sign on it.
- From the A30 west, take the junction signposted Cheriton Bishop and Tedburn St Mary (Woodleigh junction) and Follow the signs to Cheriton Bishop.
- Once into the village follow the directions above from passing the Old Thatch pub.
- Satnav/GPS note: the postcode EX6 6JD is for the point shown by the red dot on the location map.
All boundaries are indicated with blue markings
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.