SOLD: Burkitt Wood £70,000 Freehold


Burkitt Wood is classed as plantation on ancient woodland site (or PAWS). Large pine trees are growing to form straight timbers but there is plenty of light reaching through to the woodland floor and closer observation reveals the tree species that once formed the high canopy of this old forest

Native broadleaved trees such as oak, rowan and birch are abundant, growing in any clearer areas. Willows, sycamore and coppiced hazel are also scattered through the wood.

Much of the woodland floor is covered with bluebells and ferns, all indicator species for an ancient woodland site. A patch of wild raspberry can be found close to the ride-stop, a tasty treat for those passing.

Patches of bramble give good cover for woodland birds, blackbirds, robins and wrens are plentiful. Along the track edges, in the pussy willows, it’s common to find warblers such as chiff chaff and blackcaps, visitors to the UK in the summer months.

Higher in the canopy and up and down the trunks of the pine there are many varieties of tit as well as treecreepers and woodpeckers.

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.


Large pines, and native broadleaves such as oak, rowan and birch are plentiful.

Willows, sycamore and coppiced hazel are also present.


There are many woodland birds, mammals and invertebrates.

As this land is part of a larger wood, lots of creatures live within Burkitt Wood but many more pass through too.


The south-eastern boundary is defined by a small seasonal watercourse with old alder trees along its banks, dipping their ‘toes’ in the water.

Access, tracks and footpaths

Leading from the Matlock Road, a sound woodland track provides access right to the ride-stop entrance to Burkitt Wood.

Rights and covenants

The shooting rights are included in the sale.

A public footpath runs along (outside) the boundary of the wood to the west.


A great woodland for bird watching or peaceful enjoyment of the natural world. Conservation projects are practical, perhaps creating some clearings and encouraging native broadleaved trees.

Local area and history

Local historic house, Stubbing Court, was seat of the Burkitt Family, from whom the wood takes its name. William Burkitt (Senior) controlled nearly all the malting activity in the Chesterfield area. The barley was carried on the Trent Navigation and along the Chesterfield canal. It was William’s son, Samuel Burkitt who acquired Stubbing Court and it was his ambition to own all the land he could see from his bedroom window at Stubbing. By the time of his death in June 1898, he had pretty weIl achieved this objective!

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 364 685
  • Nearest post code: S42 7LG
  • GPS coordinates: 53.2125, -1.45562

Location map


Just 2 miles from Chesterfield, 15 miles from Sheffield and 30 miles from Nottingham.

For Directions From Bing Maps click here, enter your own postcode, (entrance coordinates are already entered) and click on the blue "Get Directions" box. This will take you to the entrance.

  • From M1 junction 29 take the A617 signed to Chesterfield.
  • Follow the A617 dual carriage way for about 4 miles and at the next roundabout take the first exit onto the A61 signed to Derby and Matlock.
  • Continue on the A61, after passing the Tesco Express turn right at the traffic lights sign posted for Matlock (A632) and Buxton (A619).
  • Follow this road up the hill and at the roundabout take the second exit onto the A632 signed to Matlock.
  • Pass Walton Hospital on the left.
  • Continue up hill and at the traffic lights go straight on past the Texaco garage.
  • Follow the A632 Matlock Road for about 1½ miles until you reach a ‘Woodlands for Sale’ sign on the left. Pull in here and park ensuring the gated access is left clear.
  • On foot now, climb the stile and follow the farm track for about 400 metres until the gate into Walton woods is reached.
  • Burkitt Wood is approximately 850 metres down the track, The ride stop is on the right hand side just after the cross roads in the middle of the wood.

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.

A mixed woodland, great for birdlife, on an ancient woodland site with bluebells and ferns.

Managed by Dan Watson

Telephone: 07970 116 515

Email: [email protected]