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Williams Well Wood - SOLD, Devon - About 2 ½ acres, £25,000

Williams Well Wood - SOLD

Williams Well Wood forms part of the rich tapestry of both woodland and mining heritage of the south eastern side of Dartmoor. Old maps suggest that the land has been wooded since at least the 1880's.

Trees species found with the borders of Williams Well Wood are varied and include large sweet chestnut trees (which can give an excellent crop of chestnuts), beech, ash, oak, birch and hazel.

Access to the woodland is via a good stoned forestry track. A track to the southern part of the woodland is usable with 4x4's and a second access to the north of the woodland that is suited to most family vehicles all year round.

The woodland provides ample opportunities for family camping, other possiblities include a zip wire through the trees or setting up a wildlife hide to watch birds and woodland mammals. Or simply do nothing but enjoy nature in this peaceful setting.

Wildlife abounds, deer are often seen, whilst morning and evening is a time to enjoy the birdsong. Whilst at night the hoot, hoot, hoot of owls can be heard.

Please note that there are some historical mine shafts within the woodland. These have been fenced and have warning signs upon them but you will still need to be aware and take care when viewing, especially with pets or children.

The historic mining features include a traditional mine shaft which head vertically down and at least one 'adit' which was a horizontal shaft joining the mine shaft to the surface line. This was usually for drainage. These workings most probably were part of the nearby Owlacombe and Stormsdown mines and would have contained some tin.

Tin was being worked in Cornwall and Devon for nearly 4000 years and by mediaeval times was one of the main exports along with wool and lead. Up to 48 small mines were known to have produced tin in the late 18th and 19th centuries. Many of these ventures were unsuccessful, despite being given optimistic names like Wheal Fortune, Wheal Lucky and Wheal Prosper ('Wheal' is a Celtic word meaning 'mine'). It seems that the mine shafts within Williams Well Wood were never greatly used perhaps because of the hardness of the rock or the amount of water underground.

Williams Well Wood is a perfect place from which to access all of the amazing locations of nearby Dartmoor National Park via a bridleway that adjoins the woodland. There are some pretty villages within walking distance including Ilsington with both pubs and a village shop. Other nearby places includes the quaint town of Ashburton and a short drive away is the popular small town of Totnes.

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.

  • Price: £25,000 Freehold
  • Location: Sigford, Ashburton, Devon
  • Size: About 2 ½ acres for sale


All boundaries are indicated with green markings on trees and posts.

The western boundary is indicated by an old wood bank.

The northen boundary is along the bridleway.

The eastern boundary is indicated by a line of posts.

The southern boundary runs along the access track.

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Local manager

stuart Stuart Brooking
07801 789215 or 01392 436229

Read more about Stuart.

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OS Landranger: OS No 191
Grid ref: SX 785 733
Nearest post code: TQ12 6LF



- To view this woodland please first contact the agent to register your interest and to acquire the code for the padlocks.

- Once you have arranged to view then from Exeter head south on the A38 and take the exit for Ashburton sign posted B3352.

- From the slip road turn right at the junction (heading towards Ashburton) and cross back over the A38 and turn right signposted Exeter A38 to re-join the A38 northbound.

- If travelling from the Newton Abbot take the A383 towards Ashburton and continue along the road for around 5 miles, driving past the turn to join the A38 towards Plymouth.

- Proceed for around half a mile along the A38 northbound then take the exit signed for Newton Abbot (A383), Bickington and Widecombe.

- Take the first left hand turning signed Widecombe and Sigford and drive up the hill.

- When the road levels out, look for a large doubled gated entrance on your right with a www.woodlands.co.uk 'woodlands for sale' sign on the left hand gate. If you get to Hooks Cross and see another 'woodlands for sale' sign you have gone too far!

- If the gate is locked then enter the code and open the gate (please close behind you unless the gate was already open).

- Drive carefully down the track until you reach a second gate with a 'woodlands for sale' sign on it. Enter the second gate code here if the gate is locked and again please shut the gate behind you unless the gate was already open.

- Here there is a large parking area and stacking area for timber which this woodland has a right to use.

- Follow the main stoned track on the left after the large parking area and head down the hill.

- Continue down the main track passing 3 forestry tracks on your right hand side until you see an old metal sign on the right hand side. You can park here on the verge to view.

- Just after the sign you will see a post with a direction arrow with a 'woodlands for sale' sign on it on your right. Take the track where the arrow points and follow it along, around a right hand bend and continue for around 200 metres along the forestry track until you come to the entrance of the woodland with a 'Williams Well Wood' name sign on the left.

- There is a picnic bench here to sit and relax at the southern egde of the woodland. You can walk past the name sign to access the woodland.

- Please note that there are a number of historic mining shafts within the woodland. They are fenced off but you still need to be aware when exploring the woodland.

- There is also access to the northern part of Willaims Well Wood. From the parking area back on the main track continue down the hill along the main track to a wooden gate at the bottom of the hill.

- Using the supplied code open the gate and turn right and you will see the northern edge of the woodland on your right and a car parking space.

- If driving please take care of users as this section of track is a public bridleway. The bridleway links the woodland to Dartmoor and a riverside walk to the village of Bickington.

- Satnav/GPS note: the postcode TQ12 6LF is for the point shown by the red dot on the location map number 2.


All boundaries are indicated with green markings on trees and posts.

The western boundary is indicated by an old wood bank.

The northen boundary is along the bridleway.

The eastern boundary is indicated by a line of posts.

The southern boundary runs along the access track.

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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.

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