SOLD: Brockbank Wood and Meadow £91,500 Freehold


A place to experience the tranquillity and astonishing beauty of this valley, with its surrounding hills, small farms and meadows, trees, hedges, woodland and stone walls.

Take a walk up the grassy routes towards the top of the hill, from here the meadow and wood are laid out below and can be surveyed at leisure. There are also far-reaching views both up and down the valley, where in Spring, the brilliant white blossom of hawthorn or ‘May’ contrasts against the green background.

Brockbank Wood and Meadow is divided roughly ¼ woodland and ¾ hill meadow; the woodland nestles at the bottom of the sloping meadow and is growing on level ground. A useful tool shed is located here, a short distance from the parking area. A path enables easy access on foot, around the wood. A quiet walk at dawn or dusk may be rewarded by sightings of both red and roe deer . The young woodland, was planted around 25 years ago, with a good mix of native broadleaf trees including oak, ash, birch, cherry and hazel, where the low branches are a perfect playground for children. Around the woodland edge and in open areas of the wood, brambles are growing which provide great foraging opportunities for both the woodland owner and the resident wildlife.

The hill meadow rises up from the woodland on an open and bright bank where another track enables further ease of access. Wild raspberries can be found growing amongst the bracken, grass, hawthorn and occasional blackberry patches, while sheep sorrel also occurs quite regularly. Bluebells in spring add to the colour; these areas would be ideal locations for more tree planting. About halfway up the slope and close to the north-western boundary, a large veteran oak is growing, which is the ideal vantage point to sit quietly and watch, as nature passes by. Unusually a spring emerges at the top of the hill as a wet area, then disappears again to re-emerge by the stone wall forming the eastern boundary.

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.


Native broadleaved trees including oak, ash, birch, cherry, hazel, hawthorn.


It’s a great valley for birdlife with sparrowhawks, peregrine, buzzards, red kites and owls passing through, along with warblers, robins, blackbirds, blue tits, wrens and thrushes, making the most of the perfect feeding and nesting habitat amongst the hawthorn. The grassland includes lots of pollinator-friendly wildflowers supporting lots of invertebrates such as butterflies and bees.

Woodland mammals include red and roe deer and badger, a well-placed trail camera would reveal more visitors too, no doubt.


  • Secluded limestone valley
  • Stunning views from bench
  • Veteran oak tree
  • Natural spring
  • Small tool shed
  • Varied habitats including woodland and hill meadow

Access, tracks and footpaths

The land is accessed from Stanton Lane/Ordley Hill along a shared private stone track, along which purchasers will have a full right of access.

A car can be parked at the end of the track, within the lower part of the land and from here, footpaths lead both through the wooded area and up the bank to the highest viewpoint.

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.


  • Getting away from everyday modern life
  • Occasional family camping
  • Wildlife observation
  • Conservation projects such as nest box installation and tree planting
  • Domestic firewood supply
  • Bushcraft

Local area and history

There is plenty to explore beyond the woodland, locally on foot, and further by car in the Peak District National Park. The woodland is situated in the The Weaver Hills, considered the most southerly extent of the Peak District. These hills are of carboniferous limestone as is most of the Peak District, including Dovedale. The pretty village of Stanton with stone houses and cottages is just up the road. All roads in the area lead down into the market town of Ashbourne just over the border into Debyshire on the River Dove, 10 minutes drive from the wood.

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. 119
  • Grid ref: SK 135 464
  • Nearest post code: DE6 2DD
  • GPS coordinates: 53.0147, -1.80023

Location map


  • From the M1 junction 28 roundabout take the A38 signed to Derby.
  • Continue on the A38 crossing one roundabout.
  • At the second roundabout turn on to the A52 signed to Ashbourne.
  • Then follow the A52 sign-posted to Leek.
  • At the third roundabout continue on the A52 towards Leek.
  • Cross the River and pass the Duke of York filling station in Mayfield.
  • Continue up the hill out of Upper Mayfield.
  • Turn left where the road is sign-posted to Stanton into Stanton Lane.
  • Follow Stanton Lane down a steep hill and cross the stream at the bottom.
  • The access track to Brockbank Wood is on the right just up the hill by the 'Woodlands for Sale' sign.
  • Park close to the green metal gate but please allow enough room for vehicle access.
  • Climb over the gate and follow the track for about 300 metres then turn left just before the entrance to Hillbrook Wood and continue up the hill for another 100 metres. Brockbank Wood is on the right.

Satnav/gps note: the postcode DE6 2DD is for the point shown by the red dot on the location map/s. If you don't have satnav/gps you could use Green Flag's route finder to plan your route.

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

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.

Scenic limestone dale in the Peak District with native woodland, hill meadow and great views.

Managed by Dan Watson

Telephone: 07970 116 515

Email: [email protected]