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Masson Wood - SOLD, Derbyshire - Nearly 5 acres, £49,000

Masson Wood - SOLD
Masson Wood - SOLD
Derbyshire

A beautiful broadleaf woodland on a quiet sunny south facing slope, with streams running through, close to the Derwent Valley Mills, World Heritage site.

Masson Wood is a beautiful and diverse mixed broadleaf woodland situated on a sunny hillside. The splendid wild nature of the growth and balance of species along with the presence of seasonal streams and water courses, make Masson Wood a rare and valuable find. Close inspection will reveal clues to the past, in fact gritstone was formerly quarried from the hillside and mill wheels were hand chiselled from the rock. Many moss and lichen encrusted boulders are scattered over the wood.

Growing from the fertile soils between the rocks are large characterful oaks with alder and rowan trees dotted through. Plenty of sunlight reaches the woodland floor, encouraging a rich ground flora and there are many coppice stools of hazel, cut in recent years: these would provide a plentiful supply of useful poles for garden use. In addition, more mature stands of sycamore would be ideal for a firewood supply. Lower down, are some quite large holly trees growing, which along with patches of bramble, provide food and cover for the prolific wildlife.

Access to these quiet woods is from the road known as Leashaw where a solid parking area is available. From here, a sloping track leads down to the wood, passable preferably on foot or with a 4x4 or quad bike.

A number of internal paths, lined with grasses and ferns, give access to different parts of the wood and beside one of these, a bench is located. Allow time to take a moment to soak in the natural ambience of the place here. It’s likely that you’ll see and hear many species of woodland bird that make Masson Wood their home.

The Derwent Valley Mills are the birthplace of the factory system. It was for this reason that they were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2001.

It was in the Derwent Valley that, thanks to pioneering work by Richard Arkwright, Jedediah Strutt, the Lombe brothers and others, the essential ingredients of factory production were successfully combined. Water power was successfully used for the first time on a relatively large scale. Not only was silk throwing and cotton spinning revolutionised with dramatic consequences for the British economy, the Arkwright model system also informed and inspired developments in other countries and industries.

Arkwright’s 1783 showpiece Masson Mills at Matlock Bath, after which the wood takes its name, are the finest surviving and best-preserved example of an Arkwright cotton spinning mill.

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.

Details

  • Price: £49,000 Freehold
  • Location: Crich, Holloway, near Matlock, Derbyshire
  • Size: Nearly 5 acres for sale
  • OS Landranger: OS No 119
  • Grid ref: SE 273 988
  • Nearest post code: DE4 5HD

Boundaries:

Boundaries are marked in purple: on trees which follow the path along the south eastern boundary, and the markings on the south western and northern and eastern boundaries are on posts.

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Description

Masson Wood is a beautiful and diverse mixed broadleaf woodland situated on a sunny hillside. The splendid wild nature of the growth and balance of species along with the presence of seasonal streams and water courses, make Masson Wood a rare and valuable find. Close inspection will reveal clues to the past, in fact gritstone was formerly quarried from the hillside and mill wheels were hand chiselled from the rock. Many moss and lichen encrusted boulders are scattered over the wood.

Growing from the fertile soils between the rocks are large characterful oaks with alder and rowan trees dotted through. Plenty of sunlight reaches the woodland floor, encouraging a rich ground flora and there are many coppice stools of hazel, cut in recent years: these would provide a plentiful supply of useful poles for garden use. In addition, more mature stands of sycamore would be ideal for a firewood supply. Lower down, are some quite large holly trees growing, which along with patches of bramble, provide food and cover for the prolific wildlife.

Access to these quiet woods is from the road known as Leashaw where a solid parking area is available. From here, a sloping track leads down to the wood, passable preferably on foot or with a 4x4 or quad bike.

A number of internal paths, lined with grasses and ferns, give access to different parts of the wood and beside one of these, a bench is located. Allow time to take a moment to soak in the natural ambience of the place here. It’s likely that you’ll see and hear many species of woodland bird that make Masson Wood their home.

The Derwent Valley Mills are the birthplace of the factory system. It was for this reason that they were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2001.

It was in the Derwent Valley that, thanks to pioneering work by Richard Arkwright, Jedediah Strutt, the Lombe brothers and others, the essential ingredients of factory production were successfully combined. Water power was successfully used for the first time on a relatively large scale. Not only was silk throwing and cotton spinning revolutionised with dramatic consequences for the British economy, the Arkwright model system also informed and inspired developments in other countries and industries.

Arkwright’s 1783 showpiece Masson Mills at Matlock Bath, after which the wood takes its name, are the finest surviving and best-preserved example of an Arkwright cotton spinning mill.

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Location

OS Landranger: OS No 119
Grid ref: SE 273 988
Nearest post code: DE4 5HD

Maps

Directions

Just 6 miles from Matlock, 15 miles from Chesterfield and 20 miles from Mansfield.

  • From Junction 28 of the M1 travel west following the A38 signed for Derby.
  • Follow the A38 for 10 miles before taking the turn off signed for Chesterfield and Matlock.
  • At the top of the slip road take the third exit at the roundabout signed for Matlock and chesterfield.
  • Immediately move into the left lane and turn left at the traffic light signed A615 Matlock.
  • After approximately 100 metres at the mini roundabout take the first exit signed A615 Matlock.
  • Follow the A615 into Oakerthorpe and at the traffic lights turn left signed for B6013 Belper and Crich.
  • Very shortly after the lights and opposite the Butchers Arms pub turn right signed for South Wingfield and Crich B5035.
  • Cross the bridge on the sharp bend and continue into South Wingfield.
  • Follow the road to Crich and at the junction with the Monument on turn right signed for Holloway.
  • Follow this road out of Crich passing the Tramway Museum on the right.
  • After approximately half a mile the woodland entrance is located on the left side of the road.
  • Park close to the gate but please try to keep the gate clear.
  • Climb the gate and follow the down hill path at the right of the carpark.
  • At the bottom of the slope turn left and follow this path for about 25 metres.
  • Take the next right and the ridestop entrance to Masson Wood is 40 metres down the track and to the right.

Boundaries:

Boundaries are marked in purple: on trees which follow the path along the south eastern boundary, and the markings on the south western and northern and eastern boundaries are on posts.

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