Ridings Wood £65,500 Freehold


The sale of Ridings Wood gives a rare opportunity to own a manageable sized and stand-alone woodland, in the rolling countryside between Wakefield and Barnsley, close to Newmillerdam and Woolley.

Measuring around 500m in length and between 50 to 80m wide, Ridings Wood is adjacent to the Barnsley Road just to the west of Notton. It is a mixed woodland and mixed age comprised of predominantly oak, beech and sycamore, together with some larch and Scots pine.

At ground level and in the shrub layer are coppiced hazel, hawthorn, sweet chestnut and rowan with patches of bramble, bluebells, ferns and foxgloves. Holly and ivy provide some evergreen cover for wildlife and honeysuckle joins the ivy in clothing the tree trunks and reaching for the canopy, its flowers sweetly-scented, especially on summer’s evenings. Both provide great nesting opportunities for woodland birds.

There are attractive views across the farmland to the east of the wood and the village of Notton is visible, several fields away. An old stone wall forms the eastern boundary.

Towards the southern end of the wood there are many shallow indented landforms that appear to be manmade. The vendor believes these to be old sawpits (ideal for games of hide and seek?).

Just to the north of the hollows is a small seasonal pond with numerous willow growing on its banks.


Oak, sycamore, beech, larch and Scots pine, with some willow, sweet chestnut, hawthorn, hazel, rowan and holly.


Ridings Wood is linked by hedgerows to other small pockets of woodland in this rural landscape. This network acts as corridors for the local wildlife to move through. Roe deer frequent the area leaving evidence of their activities such as scraped bark, hoofprints and bare earth where they have made their beds. They can also be sighted sometimes, more often at the beginning and end of the day.

The wood is also rich in birdlife; nuthatches work their way along branches seeking food whilst blue tits and great tits move through the canopy in groups. Blackbirds, wrens, robins and warblers nest amongst the ivy and honeysuckle stems. Buzzards also favour the area, roosting in the wood and hunting over the surrounding farmland.


  • Stand-alone wood
  • Attractive country views
  • Small seasonal pond
  • Old saw pit hollows
  • Aged stone wall

Access, tracks and footpaths

Access to the wood is directly off the A61 Barnsley Road where parking is possible on a wide grass verge. There are a number of narrow tracks within the wood that the previous owner has accessed with their quad-bike.

Rights and covenants

There are no public rights of way within the wood.

The sporting rights are included in the sale.


An excellent woodland for conservation projects such as bird and bat box installation. Pathways could be cleared to increase access and some coppicing could be carried out.

Local area and history

The land around the wood was owned by the Woodrove family from 1377 until 1599 when Michael Wentworth bought the land and was resident at Woolley Hall. The Wentworth family continued ownership until just after the Second World War. Woolley Hall is now owned by Wakefield Council and is used as a conference and wedding venue.

A number of country parks are located close by; Newmillerdam, Anglers and Rabbit Ings are all great places for recreation and wildlife as well as the world-renowned Yorkshire Sculpture Park which is less than 10 minutes away.

Wood maps

Wood map


There are red markings on trees around the entire boundary.

Find this wood


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 110
  • Grid ref: SE 334 127
  • Nearest post code: WF4 2JN
  • GPS coordinates: 53.6107, -1.4957

Location map


Just 5 miles north of Barnsley and 7 miles south of Wakefield.

  • Locate the A61 north of Barnsley.
  • Travel north for approximately 3.5 miles
  • then take the left turn sign posted to Woolley and park immediately on the left. there is space off the road at this point.
  • Cross the A61 Barnsley Road to where the wood is located.

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 very diverse and well established stand-alone mixed woodland, near Newmillerdam and Woolley, South Yorkshire.

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Managed by Dan Watson

Telephone: 07970 116 515

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