SOLD: Soldiers Wood £29,000 Freehold

  • Near Sidbury, Sidmouth, Devon
  • over 2 acres
  • Devon


Soldiers Wood has previously been part of a woodland project to restore a larger area of woodlands known as Harcombe Woods. The project included restoring native woodland and heathland by clearing mature conifer trees and letting nature re-establish the original habitat. The result is plethora of fast natural regenerating trees and ground flora. To add variety there are mature trees dotted within the woodland including Scots pine and a small stand of conifer trees.

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.


Natural re-generation of native habitat has given suitable growing conditions to 'pioneer' trees such as birch, rowan, and holly. There are other species include oak trees, which have probably been planted to give nature a helping hand. At the centre of the woodland there are some mature conifer trees and a scattering of towering pine trees across the woodland.


Interestingly one of the most common sights of wildlife within and around Soldiers Wood is the Common lizard (Zootoca vivipara). They are often seen basking in the sun upon an exposed rock or piece of wood.

Numerous birds inhabit the trees and shrubs and birds of prey such as the buzzard or sparrowhawk can often be spotted gliding over.

Deer, foxes, badgers and a variety of other small mammals can often be seen.


There is a private parking area at the entrance to the woodland and a cleared path through the vegetation.

Access, tracks and footpaths

Access to Soldiers Wood is via a stoned forestry track along a quiet public bridleway. Access is suited to most types of vehicle year round. There is a secondary access gate to the east of the main entrance over which there is a right to extract timber.

The woodland benefits from good access to a public bridleway which links to quiet country lanes giving safe routes for walking and cycling to the coastline around Sidmouth. You can walk to the beach in about an hour and cycle within 20 - 25 minutes.

Rights and covenants


Soldiers Wood is ideally suited both as an amenity and to conserve wildlife. The pleasant aspect of the woodland allows for family picnics and wild camping and the quality of the sunlight at this higher altitude suits the budding wildlife photographer.

If you are a keen walker then you are spoilt for choice with walks along local footpaths and bridleways as well as peaceful country lanes. There are good links to the coast path and the beach at Sidmouth. You can also find many pleasant cycle rides in the area and the beach at Sidmouth is a 25 minute ride.

Local area and history

The topography around Sidmouth and the Jurassic coastline is quite simply stunning. The ridges such as Harcombe Hill are over 200 metres above sea level and provide fines panoramic views of the local area. Other similar ridges nearby include Soldiers Hill from which this woodland gained its name. Upon Soldiers Hill is one of the tens of thousands of memorials erected after the end of the First World War. This was in part due to the policy of not repatriating those who lost their lives so these memorials were a way of remembering for both families and communities.

This memorial remembered seven members of the local community who died in the First World War and nine more were added after the Second World War. The memorial was installed by sculptor and carver Herbert Read of St Sidwell’s Art Works, Exeter. Herbert Read (1885–1951) produced a number of war memorials in Devon, including the Grade-II listed memorials at Lapford, Peamore and Lympstone.

The nearby coastline around Seaton and Sidmouth and 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.

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

Wood maps

Wood map


All boundaries are indicated with pink marking on posts and trees.

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

The eastern boundary is along the edge of a forestry track along which a public bridleway runs.

The southern boundary runs near to where the two access tracks meet.

The western boundary runs along a forestry track.

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 161 915
  • Nearest post code: EX10 0PR
  • GPS coordinates: 50.7176, -3.1889

Location map


Before visiting please register your interest with the local agent, who will provide you with the entry code for the gate.

- 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 or continue up the track if you have a suitable vehicle.

- You can open the gate using the code provided and drive into the main woodland area closing the gate behind you and scrambling the code on the padlock.

- To reach Soldiers Wood take the right hand track up the hill and turn left at the top.

- Continue for for a few hundred metres until you come to a fork in the track.

- Turn left here and you will see the entrance to Soldiers Wood on your right after about 20 metres, indicated by a 'Soldiers Wood' name sign and a parking area.

- 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.

A manageable woodland located upon the upper slopes of Harcombe Hill, near to the coastal town of Sidmouth.

Managed by Stuart Brooking

Telephone: 07801 789215

Email: [email protected]