SOLD: Broad Head Bank £135,000 Freehold

  • Troutsdale, Snainton near Scarborough, North Yorkshire
  • just over 14 ½ acres
  • Northern England


Broad Head Bank is a scenic moorland area with a timeless feel, that has regenerated back into woodland: heather, bilberry, foxgloves and an array of grasses carpet the floor beneath large characterful pine trees, oak and rowan coppice. Self-seeded birch trees are springing up in pockets too, along with larch, whitebeam and holly; in addition, sycamore can be found on the banks. This fascinating part of the ancient North York Moors National Park is criss-crossed with old field patterns, hidden beneath the mattress of heath-land plants: an ancient landscape.

The land occupies an elevated level position overlooking beautiful Troutsdale, a hidden rural valley towards the west of the North York Moors. Despite the moorland location, Broad Head Bank is approximately two-thirds level plateau with wonderful and far reaching views out. The land is rich in wildlife, with great plant diversity and much potential to keep the human mind and body in good health.

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.


Characterful pines, oak, rowan, larch, sycamore and holly.


In this secluded spot wildlife is abundant: from large mammals to tiny invertebrates. An array of wood and moorland birds frequent the area with flocks of tits feeding on insects.

Treecreepers and greater spotted woodpeckers can often be seen and raucous jays make their presence known; these colourful birds may well be responsible for sowing the acorns from which the oak saplings have grown.

The land is dissected by animal tracks and roe deer could be observed passing through.


  • Large level area and with some sloping ground
  • Excellent views
  • Interesting trees
  • Varied and interesting landscape
  • Incredibly secluded
  • A rustic bench

Access, tracks and footpaths

A solid stone track leads from the quiet B road that runs the length of the dale, up to the level plateau. There is space for a vehicle at the top. This track is a shared access and a bridle path which leads on through a wider forest network and can be used to access Dalby Forest.

Access around the wood is on foot from the ride-stop and a strimmed pathway leads to a bench, with a lovely view.

Rights and covenants

There are no public rights of way within the wood.

The sporting rights are included in the sale.

Our standard covenant will apply.


Due to the size of the land, opportunities exist for almost any activity (covenant permitting – see link below) from further planting increasing yet further the diversity that already exists, to sympathetic timber felling for special projects or domestic firewood. The space within the wood allows a great deal of privacy and escape from the outside world for any number of adventures and discovery for all ages and interests.

Local area and history

The local area is steeped in history with tumuli and earthworks. By the end of the Iron Age much of Eastern Yorkshire was covered with a network of enclosures defined by single and multiple banks and ditches: that the banks supported hedges has been demonstrated through the discovery of snail shells from species that live only in a shady hedge habitat. This network of enclosures could have been constructed to define land ownership. However it is much more likely that they were to assist with stock management and to prevent cattle rustling; wealth was measured in terms of stock not of land.

From the northeast boundary there are fine views across the Dalby Forest; it covers over eight thousand acres and has many footpaths and bike trails to enjoy. An alternative popular destination for bracing sea air and an ice cream or fish and chips is the nearby Victorian seaside town of Scarborough.

Wood maps

Wood map


Are marked in blue, on trees along the track on the south-western boundary. On all other boundaries markings are on wooden posts.

Find this wood

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


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 36
  • Grid ref: SE 911 874
  • Nearest post code: YO13 0BS
  • GPS coordinates: 54.2856, -0.591345

Location map


Just 12 miles from Scarborough and 13 miles from Pickering.

  • Locate Snainton mid-way between Pickering and Scarborough on the A170
  • Turn north in Snainton onto Nettledale Lane next to the Peacock Hotel signed to Troutsdale.
  • Continue north for 3 miles before crossing a cattle grid and passing Cockmoor Hall Farm on the left.
  • Proceed across the common and after passing the parking area to the right of the road drop down the hill into Troutsdale.
  • At the sharp right turn follow the main road to the right signed for Troutsdale and Hackness.
  • Proceed down the hill crossing another cattle grid before reaching Troutsdale Mill in the valley bottom.
  • Continue steadily uphill and then pass through Manor House Farm.
  • After 500 metres the entrance gate is reached on the left hand side of the road. Park on the grass verge top the right of the road.
  • Proceed on foot through the bridal path gate and up the hill.
  • At the top of the hill follow the track around the bend, the entrance to Broad Head Bank is a further 50 metres on the right.

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 beautiful and secluded North York Moors location, close to Dalby Forest, with lovely pines, mixed native hardwood trees, level areas, banks and incredible views.

Managed by Dan Watson

Telephone: 07970 116 515

Email: [email protected]