Red Calf Wood £59,000 Freehold

  • Cawston, Aylsham , Norfolk
  • about 2 ⅔ acres
  • East Anglia


A walk through Red Calf Wood shows how much diversity is possible in a compact woodland. From the entrance only the satisfying uniformity of the coniferous woodland is at first apparent but on further progress through the woodland the visitor is drawn into a more diverse woodland landscape of mixed broadleaf species. Hazel coppice stands beneath the boughs of willow and the natural topography has created a seasonal stream at its lowest point. The shape of the ground here, amongst the dense trees, gives a sense of seclusion and privacy.

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.


Willows fill the lower areas and good stools of hazel are also found along with silver birch. The understorey of laurel, holly and rhododendron provide all year cover and privacy. In the southern section of the woodland a number of mature pines tower over the other trees.


The rural setting of Red Calf Wood provides a home to a variety of wildlife that forages across surrounding open fields and shelters in the privacy of the wood during the daylight hours. Red Deer are seen across Norfolk. These are the largest wild animals in the United kingdom and the Norfolk Red Deer genetically become the heaviest.

Otters are known to inhabit the larger area of woodland that surrounds Red Calf Wood. If you are lucky you may see one on his way to a nearby lake using the seasonal stream.

Muntjac deer can often be seen at dawn and dusk.


A woodland that is packed with a wonderful variety of trees and shrubs all flanking a seasonal stream. These riparian areas are vital for wildlife.

Access, tracks and footpaths

The woodland is accessed from the highway via a good stoned farm track. From the main gate the track is a solid hard covered track to Wool Wood. There are no public footpaths through the wood ensuring privacy.


This wood provides the opportunity for a new owner to engage in family forestry. Managing a mixed woodland and learning bushcraft skills is a great way to escape modern life. Camping or building woodland hides and all sorts of other outdoor activities can be done here.

Local area and history

Red Calf Wood is named after the red deer that inhabit the Norfolk countryside. It has been suggested that there are now more deer in the British countryside than at any time since the Tudor period.
Here in Norfolk we are lucky to have five species regularly found across the county; all are very different and each has its own lifestyle and history. The majestic red deer is the largest and is one of only two species that are native to the UK. The red deer of East Anglia are some of the finest beasts in Britain, and Norfolk stags are often some 20 per cent bigger than elsewhere in the country. Broadland 'reds' are more than a match for their Highland cousins, and it should really be 'Monarch of the Fen' rather than the Glen.

This area of Norfolk has been preserved by many large estates who have over the years carefully managed the land and especially woodland. Grand country houses are found at Blickling, Felbrigg, Mannington and Wolterton, all of which are important local tourist attractions and have ensured the area is not blighted by development.

Red Calf Wood forms part of a much larger area of woodland extending to over 130 acres called Warren House Wood. The landscape forms part of a gently undulating predominantly arable agricultural area characterised by large fields with small settlements and large areas of woodland. Whilst none of the woodland is designated as ancient woodland the ordinance survey records of 1814 show this area had been afforested by that time.

The Marriott's Way runs just north of the woodland between Norwich and Aylsham, Norfolk, England. Its total length is 24.6 miles (39.5 km). It has a mixture of surfaces; tarmac, compacted gravel and earth and can be used on foot cycle or horseback. This gives the new owner travelling from Norwich or Aylsham a green and tranquil way of visiting their wood.

Wood maps

Wood map


The boundaries are indicated by blue paint markings on trees and boundary stakes. The eastern boundary is marked with survey stakes and paint markings on trees. The northern boundary is the southern edge of the stone track The western boundary is the eastern edge of the stone track and the southern boundary is the northern edge of an old ride.

Find this wood


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 238
  • Grid ref: TG 160 253
  • Nearest post code: NR11 6UN
  • GPS coordinates: 52.7826, 1.20224

Location map


  • Just south of Aylsham from the A140 head west on the B1145 (Cawston Road.) towards Cawston.
  • After 1 mile you pass Woodgate Nursery.
  • After another mile you will see a sign for Mermaid River pools and Warren House.
  • A wood will be on your right.
  • At the end of the wood turn sharp right onto a farm track.
  • Proceed along the farm track for 450 metres.
  • A double metal gate will be in front of you. Park to the wood side of the track ensuring you do not block the track or the gate.
  • Carefully climb over the hinged end of the gate. Or climb over the bank and follow the stone track in front of you.
  • The wood entrance is on your right .
  • Satnav/GPS note: the postcode NR11 6UN is for the point shown by the red dot on the location map.

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.

An attractive mostly level woodland with excellent access with a seasonal stream and pond.

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