SOLD: Featherpault Wood £69,000 Freehold

  • Brafferton, Near Boroughbridge, Easingwold and Thirsk, North Yorkshire
  • nearly 4 ½ acres
  • Northern England


In the midst of a large planted ancient woodland site (PAWS), Featherpault Wood feels sheltered private with diverse flora and fauna.

From the ride-stop entrance, a grassy ride runs the length of the northern boundary and is awash with a stunning display of bluebells from mid-April. A circular route connects with this ride in two places, winding between the tall pines and other broadleaved trees while meandering through the ferns. At one point you chance upon a rustic oak bench and may like to sit for a while and take in the tranquillity of the forest.

The wood is rich in wildlife and listening to the birdsong at dawn or dusk in the early months of summer is quite an uplifting and immersive experience. The Corsican pine trees are frequented by feeding flocks of tits who pass through seeking insect food in the canopy. The wood takes its name from the old Yorkshire / Northumberland name for chiff-chaff or willow warblers, both are summer visitors to the wood: Featherpault describes how they line their dome-shaped nests with a soft feather lining.

A watercourse runs north to south forming the eastern boundary of the wood. It runs in all but the driest conditions and proves to be a valuable draw for wildlife.

Throughout Featherpault Wood, there are signs of the ancient forest, spreading oaks and birch along with coppiced hazel, hawthorn, wild roses and native ferns.

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.


The large trees, forming the majority of the canopy are are Corsican pine. Most likely much older are coppiced hazels as well as maturings oaks, birch and goat willow and hawthorn.


Featherpault Wood is excellent for wildlife. The thickets of coppiced hazel and blackberry give great cover for wrens, robins, blackbirds, pheasants, woodcock and summer visitors, such as warblers and chiffchaffs fill the wood with their territorial songs. Roe deer and brown hare can be spotted from time to time and buzzards are frequently overhead.

Greater spotted woodpeckers and tree creepers often visit the pines seeking insects and larvae hiden in the fissured bark. Tawny owls are resident in the forest year-round and are often heard calling as dusk falls. Earlier in the year, when feeding young, they may also call in daylight hours too.


  • Old hazel coppice stools
  • Swathes of bluebells
  • Attractive tree mix
  • Bench overlooking a glade

Access, tracks and footpaths

A good stone track leads all the way to the ride-stop entrance to Featherpault Wood giving good access to all of the western edge. A grassy track, forms the northern boundary.

An internal paths loop gives access to the wood on foot and the route could be expanded.

Rights and covenants

The sale of Featherpault Wood includes the sporting rights

There are no public rights of way within the wood, or indeed within the wider forest.


Featherpault Wood is ideal for purchasers interested in conservation, perhaps setting up trail cameras or making a wildlife hide.

For those who like to be hands-on with their wood, new tree planting could further diversify the age and species range. The old hazel could be coppiced for poles for use in the kitchen garden or allotment. Some sensitive thinning could also be done around some of the maturing oak trees.

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. The neighbouring village of Brafferton is a charming village, situated on the eastern bank of the River Swale, the location has been an important strategic crossing point for centuries. In the centre of the village is a reading room, institute, a cottage hospital and four almshouses for widows. An attractive fountain was also erected in 1897.

Wood maps

Wood map


The boundaries of Featherpault Wood are marked in red. These are on trees alongside the track and on post tops along the northern edge. The drain forms the eastern boundary.

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 455 713
  • Nearest post code: YO61 2SE
  • GPS coordinates: 54.1361, -1.30482

Location map


Featherpault 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 200m. Featherpault 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.

A small, varied woodland, mixed native broadleaved trees together with large pines. A seasonal water course runs along the eastern boundary.

Managed by Liz Watson

Telephone: 07985 548481

Email: [email protected]