For centuries Shilstone Wood has nestled in the peaceful Mole valley in the rural heartland of Devon. Shilstone Wood is listed as Ancient semi-natural woodland on the Government's Magic database. This means that this woodland has existed since at least 1600 AD. The woodland shows many signs of this longevity with flower species that take many years to spread such as bluebells and dog's mercury.
Shilstone Wood is a real gem, with two distinct areas. The southern part of the woodland which is set either side of an access track has well spaced, large, old oak trees mixed with other fine examples of broadleaved trees. Here there is an abundance of hazel interspersed beneath the towering oak trees. Hazel trees are an excellent food source for both the woodland owner and wildlife, such as the nuthatch and the wood mouse. These trees can also be coppiced to give a sustainable crop of firewood or useful straight poles.
The northern section by the main entrance is mostly mature conifer, contrasting greatly from the southern section, this gives a wide variety of habitat that proves very attractive to the local wildlife. Both red and roe deer are present along with a wide variety of bird species.
A small stream runs down to the east of the woodland giving a relaxing and picturesque focal point, please take some time to sit on the bench here and take in the atmosphere. Another stream meanders in and out of the northern end of the woodland providing a source of water for those who wish to camp. The nearby river Mole provides excellent fishing opportunities for trout and salmon.
The name Shilstone is found in many historic records as a Devon surname. It is Anglo-Saxon in origin meaning 'stone shelf' - referring to the flat stone found atop of prehistoric megalithic structures.
Local facilities can be found in the nearby village of Chittlehamholt, an easy and pleasant walk from the woodland. There is a community shop selling local produce and a village pub called The Exeter Inn. Within a short journey is the High Bullen Hotel - a luxurious place to stay with golf, tennis and day licences for fishing. If you fancy a treat when visiting your woodland, perhaps as an alternative to camping, you could stay at the quaint Mole Cottage which is just a 10-minute walk away.
The King's Nympton train station is a few miles from the woodland. 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.
Shilstone 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 green 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 658 214
Nearest post code: EX37 9HF
- Please register your interest with the local manager and then you will be given the access code for the padlock so you can view Shilstone 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 Shilstone Wood.
- The entrance to Shilstone Wood is around 350 metres along the forestry track on the left hand side defined by a ride stop with the ‘Shilstone Wood’ name sign on it. There is a stoned parking and turning area just at 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 green 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.