SOLD: Mottebank Wood £64,000 Freehold


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.

Wood maps

Wood map


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

Location map


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.

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

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.

A deciduous woodland close to Sutton upon Derwent, near York. An ideal woodland for family forestry and wildlife watching.

Managed by Liz Watson

Telephone: 07985 548481

Email: [email protected]