SOLD: Pilmoor Wood £135,000 Freehold

  • Brafferton, near Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire.
  • nearly 5 ¾ acres
  • Northern England


Pilmoor Plantation has great access leading to a practical forest workshop building. This structure, made within the last 5 years by the previous owner, makes an ideal shelter for wood craft projects and includes a terrace, well-equipped compost toilet and even an outdoor shower.

This very special wood has much to offer a family with wild youngsters; a wildlife pond, a grassy glade with a yoga deck (other uses may apply), and even a woodland play space with playhouse and teddy bears’ picnic table.

Set in the heart of a planted ancient woodland (PAWS), roughly two thirds of the wood is comprised of Corsican pine, around 50 years old, as well as goat willow, oak, birch and sycamore. Some areas are quite densely planted giving some scope for thinning for firewood supplies, but routes exist throughout the wood making access quite easy.

Towards the western boundary, there are a greater number of hardwood trees including oak, beech and hazel and in the spring, this area is carpeted with bluebells. A tree swing can be found here. As well as bluebells, primroses, native ferns, sweet-scented honeysuckle - spiralling up into the canopy on rope-like stems, and Wood sorrel all grow here amongst old oak roots – signs of the trees that grew here before the pines were planted.

Warm red-hued Scots pine trees, now mature, dominate the northern part of the wood and are intermingled with sycamore, birch and the occasional oak tree. Here and there, there are patches of younger birch saplings. The woodland floor is an attractive mix of mosses and ferns together with bracken and bramble.

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.


Corsican and Scots pine, with oak, beech, sycamore, birch, hawthorn and willows.


There are around Pilmoor Wood, tawny owls can be heard at most times of the year along with blackbirds, robins, wrens and groups of tits that move through the canopy. Roe deer are also resident, bedding down at night in the leaf-litter amongst the ferns.


  • Forest workshop building
  • Glades
  • Wildlife pond
  • Bluebells
  • Play house

Access, tracks and footpaths

A solid stone track leads from the entrance gate to the ride-stop entrance of Pilmoor Wood at the eastern edge of the wood where there is space to park a vehicle off the track. From here, the track runs a little further in, to the workshop building. Footpaths and old extraction routes criss-cross the wood giving good access on foot to all areas.

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.


Pilmoor Wood could be managed for conservation and to enhance wildlife value. Perhaps carrying out selective thinning of some pine and replanting with native hardwood trees, expanding glades or management to restore the native flora, associated with an ancient woodland.

The wood would also suit occasional camping and family forestry– growing and enriching life as well as the forest, with family and friends, surrounded by nature. It’s also well suited to bushcraft activities being accessible on level ground with an abundance of firewood logs and kindling. The workshop is ideal for anyone who would like to practice green wood crafts within the wood, sheltered from the elements.

Local area and history

The Boroughbridge area is steeped in history. When the Romans settled the north of England they established a major centre at Aldborough, on the route of a long-distance road known as Dere Street. When the Normans conquered the same area some 1100 years later they changed the course of Dere Street to cross the River Ure at a more convenient spot. A settlement grew up around the bridge and this new settlement became the town of Boroughbridge, from the words 'borough on the bridge'.

To the west of Boroughbridge are the so-called Devil's Arrows; three huge prehistoric standing stones pointed the way north.

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. 99
  • Grid ref: SE 458 712
  • Nearest post code: YO61 2SE
  • GPS coordinates: 54.1365, -1.2994

Location map


Pilmoor Wood is just 20 miles from York, 15 miles from Ripon, 26 miles from Harrogate and 6 miles from Boroughbridge.

For Directions From Bing Maps CLICK HERE enter your own postcode (Scaife Wood entrance coordinates are already entered) and click on the blue "Go" box.

For Satnav; the postcode YO61 2SE is for the point shown by the red dot on the location map and coordinates are: N54:07:54 and W1:17:58

Or use our directions:

From the A1

  • Exit the A1 at junction 48 and follow signs Ripon and Dishforth on to the A 6055
  • At the next roundabout take the third exit on to Roecliffe Lane.
  • Follow this road until you give way at a T junction and then turn left.
  • Continue over the river and at the canal bridge roundabout take the second exit.
  • Take the first right turn to Milby.
  • Continue on this road until required to give way at a T junction and then turn right over Thornton bridge.
  • Continue along this road into Brafferton and at the give way T junction turn left.
  • Follow West Moor Road for about 1 mile until you reach the Woodlands for Sale sign on the left.

From York via the A19:-

  • Just after the Easingwold roundabout take the left turn signed for Raskelf / Tholthorpe / Helperby
  • Follow the road into Raskelf and at the cross roads in the centre of Raskelf turn right on to West Moor Road.
  • Follow West Moor Road until you reach the Woodlands for Sale sign on your right.

Please park near to our gate but please do leave it clear for access.

  • Climb the gate and walk along the access track for about 300 metres. Where the track forks after the huts near the entrance continue straight on. After walking for a further 120 metres the wood is located to the left of the track.

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

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.

An easily accessed and peaceful woodland, brimming with wildlife, varied in species and character.

Managed by Liz Watson

Telephone: 07985 548481

Email: [email protected]