SOLD: Silk Wood £115,000 Freehold

  • Clovelly, Bideford, Devon
  • about 7 ¾ acres
  • Devon


Silk Wood is set in a peaceful location within the Torridge district of north Devon. It is within walking distance of the South West Coastal Path, which is England's longest way marked footpath. The world famous fishing village of Clovelly can be reached via the coastal path and is around a 40 minute walk.

The charming village of Hartland, which incorporates the hamlet of Stoke and the village of Meddon is within 2.5 miles and offers cafes, restaurants, pubs and shops as well as Hartland Abbey, which is well worth a visit. Hartland Quay, surrounded by the impressively imposing cliff lined coast is a further 2 miles.

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.


The woodland was established here nearly 20 years ago with mixed planting of broadleaved trees including oak, ash, field maple and birch. In addition there are pockets of spruce conifer trees.

The spruce has thrived in the loamy, clay soil and has formed a dense woodland providing good shelter. The broadleaved trees have also done well with tall birch trees intertwined with attractive oak and well formed field maples. The ash is more varied in success and allows for some small scale 'enrichment' replanting of other native species.

A mature hedgerow along the southern and western boundaries consists of native species such as hawthorn and blackthorn.


Excellent for bird watching due to the mix of tree species and open areas, there is scope to install a small bird hide for endless days of observational enjoyment. Experience buzzards (Buteo buteo) gliding through the trees and soaring high in the sky on thermals. Smaller birds include the bullfinch, robin and chaffinch. Starlings can often be seen performing a mesmerising formation called a murmuration.

The name 'Silk' comes from an old informal term for the song thrush, derived from a description of it's tendancy to sing, "shrilcock" or "shilcock."

Both red deer and roe deer frequent the area and enjoy grazing on the rich meadow grass.


Silk Wood has been planted with large open grass rides which serve as an attractive focal point throughout the woodland whilst giving lots of space for camping and family activities. These rides also benefit local wildlife as a source of grazing or a wide flight path for buzzards.

There are outstanding far reaching views over the landscape to the east where you can see Barnstaple Bay and the beach at Saunton Sands in the distance.

Access, tracks and footpaths

Access is via a private gateway directly into Silk Wood from a tarmac track. Once inside the gate there is a stoned parking area.

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

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

Rights and covenants

Sporting rights are included in the sale.


For days out enjoying this very picturesque part of north Devon, Silk Wood is an ideal base for camping expeditions with family or friends. Surrounding quiet country roads allow blissful walking and cycling adventures. The South West coast path is within easy reach.

Those with the knowledge of or keen interest in learning about tree care and maintenance are able to help this young woodland fulfil its long term potential.

Local area and history

Sited betwixt the rural village of Hartland and Britain's 'Most Instagrammable Village 2020', the picturesque, ancient, fishing village of Clovelly, Silk Wood is within the North Devon Coast Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

The AONB covers 66 square miles of varied landscapes from wild coastal cliffs, spectacular waterfalls and rocky coves to sand dunes and beaches, wooded coombes and valleys with sheltering 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

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

Find this wood

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


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 190
  • Grid ref: SS 284 252
  • Nearest post code: EX39 6AN
  • GPS coordinates: 51.0008, -4.44657

Location map


- Prior to viewing please register your interest to get access arrangements.

- From Tiverton continue to follow the A361 until 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 Hartlan Point and the Lighthouse.

- After 0.7 miles at Yapham Cross turn right onto a farm track signposted to Yapham.

- After around 100 metres you will see the entrance gate on your left indicated by a ‘woodlands for sale’ sign.

- Use the gate coded to access Silk Wood and park just inside the gate to view.

- 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 our woodland book

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 younger woodland with mixed broadleaved and conifer trees set within open grassy rides benefiting from a private access gate and far reaching views of Bideford Bay on the north Devon coastline.

Managed by Stuart Brooking

Telephone: 07801 789215

Email: [email protected]