SOLD: Magog Wood £125,000 Freehold


Just to the west of the pretty village of Ipstones, this beautiful woodland is set on a west-facing slope with an attractive mix of broadleaf and conifer trees of mixed ages.

From the parking space, close to the road at the southern end of the land, a winding path leads into the wood with the brook flowing close by. In a low-lying area close to the brook, a silted up fishpond is flanked by alders and scrubby willows, typical of this type of habitat and great for wildlife. Beneath the alders, with a bright flush of yellow are swathes of marsh marigold. Birch and rowan are growing throughout the wood and a veteran sweet chestnut tree can be found near the field boundary. There are a number of oak trees too and, more alders follow the line of the watercourse.

Many colourful woodland flowers can be found, including wood anemones and a scattering of bluebells. Other ground flora includes native ferns, patches of blackberry, holly bushes and woodland grasses.

Towards the northern end of the wood an old pumphouse is located close to the route, now with only four brick walls remaining. A roof might be fashioned to create a useful store. Beyond this, the northern boundary crosses the path. During spring and early summer, birdsong is all around.

One of the most striking features within the wood is a statuesque rock, known as Magog (Gog is nearby in a neighbouring wood). Shown on OS maps, this picturesque geographical feature used to be a visitor attraction in Victorian times. Today, it is surrounded by trees and nestles into the bank towards the north-eastern corner of the wood. A small cave, complete with a seating ledge was cut many years ago and is the perfect venue for imagined stories of the past!

The burbling stream runs year-round and forms the western boundary of the wood, its banks lush and verdant with marsh marigolds and rushes.

The purchasers of the woodland will be asked to enter into a covenant


Oak, sweet chestnut, birch, rowan, poplar, holly, alder, hazel, larch, pine, beech, horse chestnut and willow


Standing deadwood offers valuable homes for invertebrates and many birds and mammals feed on the bountiful insect life. Greater spotted woodpeckers can be observed feeding and the distinctive call of chiffchaffs can be heard throughout the summer months alongside the melodies of other resident birdlife.

Animal trails cross through the wood, red and roe deer pass through and it is likely that badger and fox are present too.


  • Stream that runs all year
  • Magog rock formation
  • Patches of bluebell
  • Veteran trees
  • Interconnected sunny glades
  • A bench overlooking the bank down to the stream
  • Really varied feel to the landscape
  • Views out, over the stone wall, across the neighbouring pasture land.

Access, tracks and footpaths

The wood is reached via a gate, directly off the lane (Belmont Road) and from this point, woodland path follows the contours along parallel with the stream.

Rights and covenants

There is a permissive path within the wood.

The sporting rights are included in the sale.

Our standard covenant will apply.


Magog Wood is a great wood for wildlife enthusiast with opportunities for observing nature, perhaps erecting trail cameras or hides.

There is plenty of family fun to be had too, with spaces suitable for occasional camping and wild, adventure filled days. Rock climbing and abseiling.

Local area and history

The wood is located close to the village of Ipstones, in the Stafforshire Moorlands, set in the foothills of the Pennines, just outside the Peak District National Park.

Places of note in the local area include Biddulph Grange (National Trust) with its stunning restored gardens and, about seven miles away, the Alton Towers Resort theme park.

Ipstones dates from around the 12th century and is surrounded by small farms and rolling countryside. Lots of good local produce is available in the area both from driveway ‘honesty boxes’ and local shops and hostelries.

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 004 501
  • Nearest post code: ST10 2JR
  • GPS coordinates: 53.049, -1.99434

Location map


Just 8 miles from Leek, 12 miles from Stoke-on-Trent and 14 miles from Ashbourne.


  • Travel south east from Leek on the A523.
  • After 3 miles turn left onto the B5053 signed for Ipstones.
  • Continue past the shop and pub in the centre of the village before turning right on to the Belmont Road.
  • Procced for approximately one mile before passing the turn to Belmont Farm and a pond on the left of the road.
  • there is enough space to park by the Magog road gate on the bend. Climb the stile to view.

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

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.

Set in a peaceful fold in the landscape, close to the picturesque village of Ipstones, just south-west of the Peak District National Park, this beautiful mixed broadleaved woodland has a meandering stream along one boundary and features a rock formation with a cave.

Managed by Dan Watson

Telephone: 07970 116 515

Email: [email protected]