SOLD: Mottebank Wood £64,000 Freehold
- Sutton-Upon-Derwent, York, Yorkshire
- nearly 5 ¼ acres
- Northern England
Swathes of bluebells near the woodland edge
Crab apple blossom
View through the birch
Looking back along the stone track leading to the wood. (Wood on the left)
Soft foxglove leaves, ready to send its pink flower spire high next spring
Mixed deciduous trees on the field edge
The larger drain in the wood, a good draw for wildlife
Mature birch near the entrance
The grassy track leading into the wood
Beautiful evergreen ferns
Looking up through the birch canopy at blue skies
Bluebells close to the eastern boundary.
Mature pines and the berries of rowan, in the north eastern corner of the wood
A large and impressive coppiced hazel on the eastern boundary
Striking colours of mosses and fungi
This characterful oak is a perfect look-out post for smaller people
Mature Scots pine
Footbridge over the drain, leading through a glade in the birch
Animal tracks run through the bluebells
Useful dry storage close to the ridestop.
Birches on the southern boundary
Crab apples on the floor. Winter food for resident wildlife
Magnificent stink-horn fungi
Access gate from the lane
The main wood gate
The ride-stop at the entrance to Mottebank Wood
Large oak trees close to the track
A bench next to a hemlock tree
The track leading off from the Mottebank Wood entrance is stoned up for the first section and then continues as a grassy ride, full of wild flowers with tall oak trees to either side. In this fist belt, the woodland is quite mature with hazels stools, oak seedlings and hawthorn dotted beneath.
After you pass a group of evergreen rhododendron bushes, the route runs alongside a deep drain, an earthwork that connects to ‘Giant’s Hill Motte’ (more information below).
A small footbridge crosses the drain, take this route and follow the meandering path that leads off through the birch, these trees were cut around ten years ago for horse jumps, now the birch is perfect for kindling, pioneering poles and dens. It’s clear from the mossy stumps and roots that not so long ago, more mature oak and pine trees grew here.
The path turns a corner near a hemlock tree where a rustic bench is located, perhaps rest awhile and soak in the tranquillity of your surroundings.
Continuing on the path through the birch, you many notice a maturing oak tree on you right, a little further on. It’s not far to the edge of the wood now and suddenly, the view opens up and the wood is edged by beautiful large pine trees and characterful oaks with fens and bracken beneath. One oak on the eastern boundary would make a super location for a tree house, next to impressive hazel stools and a crab apple tree, all making the most of the sunlight at the woodland edge.
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.
Birch with oak, hazel, pine, hawthorn and crab apple.
The wood is filled with birdsong in the springtime and buzzards can often be heard mewing overhead. Sometimes deer pass by too, their tracks criss-cross about the place. A trail camera might reveal foxes, hare and badgers passing through too.
- Flower filled ride.
- A drain which holds water in the wetter seasons.
- A rustic bench
Access, tracks and footpaths
Access to the wood is via a solid stone track. From the ride stop entrance, a path runs the length of the wood with a sleeper footbridge over the drain.
Rights and covenants
There are no public rights of way within the wood.
The sporting rights are included in the sale.
Our standard covenant will apply.
Mottebank Wood may be ideal as a base for family fun or bush-crafting. Well-screened and private, it is a great location for occasional camping.
Local area and history
It is thought that Giant's Hill Motte, a curious mound and moat structure may have been a fortified forester’s homestead or used to defend the river crossing, though there is little documented of its history. The Percy family who owned St Lois Farm, just to the north (and also moated), were influential in 12th century politics of England, so possibly they, or one of their tenant knights, were stamping their authority on control of the river, perhaps moving from the motte in the wood to the structure at St Lois. You can look up the listing here.
The nearby River Derwent has been a very important trading route throughout history, right up until rail and road freight came to dominance.
The boundaries of the wood are marked with orange paint. This is on posts tops on the north-western and south-eastern boundaries and on trees where the wood borders a field to the north-east and the track on the south-western side.
Find this wood
This wood is now sold, please do not visit the wood without the permission of the owner.
- OS Landranger: OS No. 105
- Grid ref: SE 709 487
- Nearest post code: YO41 4BY
- GPS coordinates: 53.9297, -0.920394
Just 12 miles from York, 33 miles from Hull and 35 miles from Leeds.
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.
- Locate the A1076 York to Hull road and at Wilberfoss take the Sutton on Derwent turn to the south
- Continue south past Newton upon Derwent
- Approximately half a kilometer or a third of a mile after passing Newton Upon Derwent and when Grange Farm Kennels and cattery are reached turn right on to the farm track which gives access to the Wood.
- Enter the padlock combination code and proceed for 1km or just over half a mile to the main Sutton Wood entrance. The woodland can be seen from the main road at the combination padlock gate.
Note: Please contact Liz Watson on 07985 548481 before visiting, for the combination code to the gate, as there is no space to park by the main road.
- Park between the two entrance gates, please try to leave space for other vehicles to pass.
- Proceed on foot for approximately 600 metres following the permissive footpath to the north (rightwards)
- Mottebank Wood is situated on the right, with orange markings.
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.