SOLD: Cassino Wood £135,000 Freehold

  • Riddlesworth, Thetford, Norfolk
  • about 6 ⅔ acres
  • East Anglia


The joys of open wild space are hard to express. Although this land has been named Cassino Wood it is currently more a wild meadow with a park-land feel.

Protected to the west and south by large areas of dense woodland and a thick line of mature oak trees to the east the area is a haven for wildlife.

A place to camp and play in the open, to run wild and make dens in the summer bracken. This area is also ideal for anyone looking to offset their carbon footprint by planting trees.

The purchasers of the meadow will be asked to enter into a covenant to ensure the quiet and peaceful enjoyment of adjoining woodlands and meadows.


A number of mature Scots pine dotted around the meadow give a park like feel. These provide shelter and are a great place to sit under whilst observing wildlife. These trees and the surrounding oaks are evidence that the wild meadow was formerly a woodland. It would be a great project to replant with native trees and watch the woodland grow for future generations to enjoy.


As Cassino Wood forms part of a much larger area of woodland it has a greater attraction for wildlife. The larger area of woodland is known to be home to badgers, deer and hares. Whilst the tree canopy provides a home for owls, buzzards and numerous other birds. If you approach the Cassino Wood carefully you may be rewarded with a sighting of the resident muntjac deer. A herd of red deer are frequent visitors and these along with roe deer mean you can encounter three of the six UK deer species if you are both quiet and lucky.


The area is level with plenty of wide open areas. Cover from sight is helped by areas of gorse and a scattering of majestic trees. The land is well drained and surrounded by forest on 3 sides with open farmland to the north.

Access, tracks and footpaths

From the main gate access is gained via a newly renovated stoned track for nearly a mile through other areas of private woodland. Leaving the hustle and bustle of modern life behind, the track is suitable for most family vehicles. Please note the land comes with full vehicular rights of way.

Cassino Wood is private with no public footpaths.


The possibilities for this wild meadow are endless. From camping to forest bathing. Cassino Wood provides the opportunity for a new owner to engage in family forestry.

Managing a mixed habitat and learning bushcraft skills is a great way to escape modern life. Camping or building wildlife hides and all sorts of other outdoor activities can be done here.

Local area and history

The wild meadow and surrounding woodland adjacent to Knettishall Heath SSSI, cited for its large area of heath and grassland on calcareous soils. The wild meadow have great wildlife potential with numerous red,roe and muntjac deer residing in them.

Cassino Wood is named in honour of Polish Soldiers who fought so bravely at the battle of Monte Cassino with the allied forces and who were housed in the woodland at the end of the second world war.

The 3rd Carpathian Rifle Division also commonly known as Christmas Tree Division due to the characteristic emblem of a cedar of Lebanon superimposed upon the Polish flag was a division that fought during World War 2 on the Italian Front. The division participated in the North African and the Italian Campaigns (1941–1945) as part of the British Eighth Army. The division fought in some of the most difficult battles during the Italian campaigns of 1943-1944 and distinguished itself in numerous actions most notably the Battle of Monte Cassino.

In 1947 the Polish resettlement act which established in law the right of serving members of all Polish forces to stay and become British citizens. The Polish Resettlement Camps became mini Polish nations. Polish schools were established to teach English to adults and children alike, sports were arranged, Polish cultural life celebrated, gardens were planted and facilities repaired. The advance parties arrived in the autumn of 1946 and during early 1947 the main elements of the division arrived at Brandon Station, Thetford, Norfolk for transportation to their camps. The 3rd Carpathian Division was distributed between numerous camps in Norfolk . The woods at Riddleworth became home to 3rd Heavy Machine Gun Battalion. It is important that their history is not forgotten. A memorial is found on the edge of the main woodland by the road.

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. 144
  • Grid ref: TL 950 815
  • Nearest post code: IP22 2TE
  • GPS coordinates: 52.3972, 0.864804

Location map


  • Leaving Thetford take the A1066 heading east towards Diss.
  • After approximately 4 miles there is a small industrial estate on the left.
  • After approx. 500 metres take the next turning on the right at a small wooded triangle onto a single track road signed Coney Weston and Knettishall Heath.
  • Follow this road for approximately ½ mile
  • You will come to a straight road with woods on both sides and a Woodlands.co.uk for sale sign on the right.
  • You will pass a small memorial on the right and after 200 metres turn right into a stone track.
  • After 100 metres you will see a parking area and a metal gate on your right. Park to one side of the gate making sure it is not blocked.
  • Walk around the side of the gate and follow the track in front of you.
  • After a couple of hundred metres turn left and follow the track through the wood, past the edge of a meadow, then past an old pond and after another 100 metres turn right heading north.
  • After 300 metres the track turns right follow this to the edge of the forest.
  • The entrance to Cassino Wood is at the end of the track just to the right.
  • The What 3 words for the wood entrance are gobbles.vocals.brief.
  • The What 3 words for the main parking area are urgent.tributes.unable.
  • OS 1:50,000 Map No.144 Grid Ref TL 954 813 Nearest postcode IP22 2TE
  • Please note this is a long walk, the new owner will have full vehicular rights to the woodland.

How we support our buyers

Membership of the small woodland owners’ group

£300 for a woodland course of your choice

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 secluded wild meadow within a woodland setting. A perfect area for creating your own woodland paradise.

Managed by Matt Marples

Telephone: 07979 755 118

Email: [email protected]