SOLD: Peace Wood £79,000 Freehold

  • Goldsborough, near Knaresborough, North Yorkshire
  • nearly 4 ¼ acres
  • Northern England


Peace Wood is an attractive woodland, mostly comprised of mature native broadleaved trees, at the northern end of Goldsborough Wood, conveniently located close to Knaresborough, within half an hour drive from Harrogate, and 40 minutes from central York and Leeds.

On arrival at the ride-stop entrance, you discover a large pond, surrounded by magnificent mature oak trees. Overlooking this at the northern end is a high seat, originally constructed for deer-stalking but ideal as a wildlife hide. Adjacent to the pond is a level, open area which could be used as a base for woodland operations, conveniently located next to the entrance.

To the south of the pond is a stand of Scots pine trees at about 30 years of age. A path leads off, at the western side of this, leading through birches, willows and some fir trees, eventually leading to a scenic spot next to the western boundary, where a large oak tree frames a rustic bench. Ideal for enjoying an evening sunset, looking over the adjacent pasture or back over a small glade into Peace Wood. The new owner may like to expand upon this glade to take in this scene and create a base for occasional camping.

The footpath route is circular (in all but in the wettest of conditions) and continuing on, past the glade with the bench, you pass through an area filled with wildflowers such as cowslips, bluebells, bugle, wood anemones and native ferns. Further on, you will arrive back to the track (a sleeper bridge spans the ditch) a short distance from the hide. The wood feels very peaceful and is aptly named.

Trees within the wood include lots of beautiful mature oak trees, Scots pine, sycamore, birch , goat willow and a few mixed conifers. The understorey is made up of birch, elder, hawthorn, wild rose, honeysuckle and blackberry, balsam and bracken.

Please contact Liz Watson, the agent, if you would like to arrange a viewing.

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


Oak, birch, sycamore, Scots pine, mixed conifers, hawthorn and goat willow.


Peace Wood is rich in wildlife, buzzards and red kites can frequently seen, swooping and soaring around the woodland edges and from time to time, you may hear a tawny owl.

Many smaller birds are resident in the wood including blackbirds, wrens, blue tits, robins, jays and many more.

Roe deer frequent the area and are often seen, if not apparent, then they are evident from their trails, slot marks are clearly visible in areas of soft mud.


  • Mature oak trees
  • Privacy
  • Seasonal pond
  • Great for wildlife
  • A rustic bench in a scenic spot
  • Fairly level ground
  • Rural outlook

Access, tracks and footpaths

From the end of Church Street in Goldsborough, you follow a stone track between two hedgerows, through three gates, the third of which is the entrance gate to Goldsborough Wood.

A good stone track, suitable for cars and 4x4s leads all the way through the forest to the entrance of Peace Wood, marked with a ride stop entrance and name sign. There is space to park a vehicle here.

The foot-routes within the wood are over fairly level ground but sturdy, waterproof footwear is recommended.

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.


Peace Wood is ideal for wildlife enthusiasts who would like to carry out conservation projects. There is also plenty of good material for greenwood crafts and the wood is perfect for occasional camping with family and friends.

Local area and history

Goldsborough is a quiet and attractive village, close to Knaresborough and Harrogate which between them boast an array of attractions including the Turkish Baths, Valley Gardens, RHS Harlow Carr, Mother Shipton’s Cave and many more.

Evidence of early settlement in the village comes from a Viking hoard which was discovered in 1859 during construction outside the north wall of Goldsborough Church. Coins and artefacts dating from 700 to 1050 were found in a leaden chest including fragments of Viking brooches and arm-rings, together with 39 coins. It forms one of the largest collections ever discovered in the UK and is now held at the British Museum in London.

In the Domesday Survey of 1086 Goldsborough is referred to as "Godenesburg" and some fine Norman architecture can be found in St Mary's Church in the village.

In 1599 Sir Richard Hutton, a London lawyer, bought the land and built Goldsborough Hall on its current site. Daniel Lascelles, whose family eventually became the Earls of Harewood, bought Goldsborough Hall and the estate in the late 1750s and the entrance gates to the village date back to this time.

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. 104
  • Grid ref: SE 398 565
  • Nearest post code: HG5 8AP
  • GPS coordinates: 54.0036, -1.39386

Location map


Please contact Liz Watson on 07985 548481 to arrange a visit. Always use postcode HG5 8AP and these written directions to reach the wood (and not the map pin). Waterproof footwear is recommended.

For unaccompanied viewings, there is a round-trip walk of around 3km from the parking area, on good stone tracks.

Goldsborough is situated to the south of the A59 Knaresborough to York Road, about two miles to the west of the A1(M) J47.

From the village of Goldsborough, proceed along Church Street, past Goldsborough Hall and the Church. The road surface ends, continue on along a stone track until the first gate is reached.

This gate has a combination padlock. Please lock this gate behind you.

Continue on for around 400m to reach a second gate at the entrance to a pasture. This needs to be lifted slightly and has a loop of string to secure it closed.

The track crosses pastureland and the first wood gate is reached. This has a combination code and there is space to park just beyond this point, to the side of the main vehicle route into the wood, keeping the access clear. New owners will receive a key to this gate.

Please proceed on foot from this point.

It is approximately 400m walk to the crossroads, at this point turn left up the stone track.

After another 400m, the track crosses a deep dike, continue on for a further 400m.

The entrance to Peace Wood is here on the left, clearly marked with the name and a for-sale sign, next to a large pond.

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.

A beautiful mixed woodland with a rural outlook, located between Harrogate and York, with a large seasonal pond and lovely mature oak trees.

Managed by Liz Watson

Telephone: 07985 548481

Email: [email protected]