SOLD: Dryad Wood £115,000 Freehold

  • Brafferton, Near Boroughbridge, Easingwold and Thirsk, North Yorkshire
  • nearly 7 ½ acres
  • Northern England


Dryad Wood is a planted ancient woodland site (PAWS), set in the middle of a larger forest, known as Brafferton Spring Wood. Much of the canopy is comprised of majestic, mature, straight grown and well-spaced Corsican Pine, planted in the 1960s, whilst they are all large, some of them have achieved a very impressive size.

The aroma from the fallen needles as you walk along the forest paths, combined with the sound of the breeze or flocks of tits in the tree tops, helps to transport the visitor away from the everyday world and into another existence where calm and well-being can fill your body and mind. This experience is greatly enhanced in the springtime when the birdsong builds to a crescendo, bluebells carpet the woodland floor and several different species of native ferns unfurl their new fronds.

Along the northern edge of the wood, there is a clearer area, beneath oak trees, where a pheasant pen once stood. Beyond this there is a belt of younger birch and hemlock (fir) regeneration which helps to give the wood privacy and would supply plenty of kindling and firewood logs.

On following the trail that leads from the ride-stop entrance, along the edge of the younger trees, you may discover a ‘secret’ clearing amongst the trees, an oak topped bench is situated here and it would be a great spot to pitch a couple of tents and have a campfire.

A seasonal watercourse runs from north to south, forming the eastern boundary of the wood, it is a useful source of water for the local wildlife.

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.


Mature Corsican pine form the main body of Dryad Wood, beneath these are scattered oaks and birches as well as the odd hazel, goat willow and hawthorn; remnants of the original ancient forest, that would make good seed trees, if the new owner wanted to carry out any selective felling and allow natural regeneration to occur.


Dryad Wood is visited by buzzards and tawny owls and home to woodcock, brown hare, warblers and robins. From the flocks of small birds feeding on insects in the high canopy to the blackbirds and wrens who thrive in denser patches of undergrowth, the wood is full of life and is ideal for a conservation-minded purchaser.

Occasional trunks of standing deadwood are a real benefit for resident wildlife providing food and nesting sites for birds such as greater spotted woodpeckers and tree creepers as well as bats. The new owner might like to put up nest boxes to further improve opportunities or perhaps install a trail-cam to monitor ‘who’ is coming to visit.

Existing animal tracks criss-cross through the undergrowth and sometimes fresh roe deer ‘scrapes’, or beds can be found.


  • Majestic pine trees
  • Secret dell
  • Seasonal watercourse
  • Remnants of ancient forest ground flora such as bluebells and ferns

Access, tracks and footpaths

Dryad Wood is reached via a sound stone track and there is an area of hard-standing just inside the ride stop entrance, located at the north western corner of the wood.

Generally the wood is quite accessible and there is a cleared circular path that winds through the wood and could easily be added to create an expanded network of routes.

Rights and covenants

The sale includes the sporting and mineral rights

There are no public rights of way within Dryad Wood, or indeed in the wider forest.


Dryad Wood would be ideal for a conservation minded owner who would like to diversify the wood to encourage more wildlife, as well as occasional family camping.

Local area and history

Set in a lovely rural location between the market towns of Boroughbridge and Easingwold the local area is rich in history; Viking, Roman and Neolithic. Brafferton Spring Wood, which Duck Wood is part of was once at the edge of a huge Royal hunting forest, the Forest of Gaultres, which stretched from the city walls of York all the way to Easingwold.

Wood maps

Wood map


The boundaries of Dryad Wood are marked in orange. These are on trees alongside the track and drain sides and on post tops along the northern and southern boundaries

Find this wood

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


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 99
  • Grid ref: SE 454 714
  • Nearest post code: YO61 2SE
  • GPS coordinates: 54.1372, -1.30544

Location map


Dryad Wood is just 20 miles from York, 15 miles from Ripon, 26 miles from Harrogate and 6 miles from Boroughbridge.

For Directions From Bing Maps CLICK HERE, enter your own postcode (wood entrance coordinates are already entered) and click on the blue "Go" box.

For Satnav; the postcode YO61 2SE is for the point shown by the red dot on the location map and coordinates are: N54:07:54 and W1:17:58

Or use our directions:

From the A1

  • Exit the A1 at junction 48 and follow signs Ripon and Dishforth on to the A 6055
  • At the next roundabout take the third exit on to Roecliffe Lane.
  • Follow this road until you give way at a T junction and then turn left.
  • Continue over the river and at the canal bridge roundabout take the second exit.
  • Take the first right turn to Milby.
  • Continue on this road until required to give way at a T junction and then turn right over Thornton bridge.
  • Continue along this road into Brafferton and at the give way T junction turn left.
  • Follow West Moor Road for about 1 mile until you reach the Woodlands for Sale sign on the left.

From York via the A19:-

  • Just after the Easingwold roundabout take the left turn signed for Raskelf / Tholthorpe / Helperby
  • Follow the road into Raskelf and at the cross roads in the centre of Raskelf turn right on to West Moor Road.
  • Follow West Moor Road until you reach the Woodlands for Sale sign on your right.

Please park near to our gate but please do leave it clear for access.

  • Climb the gate and walk along the access track for about 300 metres. Where the track forks, after the huts near the entrance, take the left fork and follow the main track round a right hand bend, continue straight on to the for about 400m. Dryad Wood is on your 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.

Dryad Wood is a planted ancient woodland with mature pine, young oaks, bluebells, abundant wildlife and a secluded area, ideal for camping.

Managed by Liz Watson

Telephone: 07985 548481

Email: [email protected]