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SOLD: Stilling Wood £57,500 Freehold

Description

The tranquillity of this woodland is immediately apparent on arriving at the ride-stop entrance to Stilling Wood. In the Spring-time, birdsong is heard all around; blackbirds, robins, wrens and tits are all busy feeding amongst the hazel, birches and willows, as well as in the higher canopy of tall pines and oak trees.

There is space to park a vehicle off the track here and a trail heads off through the verdant undergrowth to lead the visitor through the wood. You reach a picturesque, spreading oak tree: an L shaped bench has been placed here . This is a great place to stop and soak in the sights and sounds of the wood, the plaintive mew of a buzzard overhead or perhaps even the ‘twoo’ of an elusive tawny owl.

The high canopy of the wood is Corsican pine with some larch as well as oak. Bluebells and honeysuckle are everywhere as well as blackberry bushes and the odd wild rose, all great plants for wildlife.

Continuing on from here, the path takes a turn to the left and runs parallel with the main track through the wood, though the track is hard to see when the trees are in leaf. You reach a clearing, with a couple more benches and a useful small tool store. Close observation will reveal that there are many more tree species than it first appears and holly, hawthorn, rowan, goat willow, ash, birch and even damson can be found amongst the coppiced hazel. The path runs through an area which is a little more open beneath the pines, the floor carpeted with bracken and ferns, it reaches a fallen pine and again turns left to re-join the original route, forming a circle and passing through an archway made by a fast-grown larch tree, contorted by its own weight.

An extremely large cherry tree can be found toward the southern boundary of the wood (marked by posts through the trees) and there is a grove of unusual conifers with drooping fronds and tall ash trees, always the last tree to come into leaf and the first to shed its foliage in Autumn.

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.

Trees

Corsican pine, oak, larch, coppiced hazel, cherry, holly, hawthorn, rowan, goat willow, ash, birch and damson.

Wildlife

Being part of a larger forest, there is plenty of wildlife resident and passing through Stilling Wood. The tracks of roe deer and other mammals can be spotted and the birdlife is prolific with tawny owls and buzzards, greater spotted woodpeckers, treecreepers and many tit species.

Features

Benches in clearings

A useful tool store

The ‘arch of larch’

Mature trees

Rich mixture of tree species

Access, tracks and footpaths

A good stone track leads to the ride-stop entrance and access is on foot beyond this point

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.

Activities

Perfect for conservation-minded families and individuals who would like to immerse themselves in nature and perhaps carry out habitat-enhancing projects or wood crafts.

Local area and history

In the countryside near Escrick, south of York. Stilling Wood takes its name from the nearby village of Stillingfleet, on the banks of the River Ouse. The name means 'stretch of river belonging to the family or followers of a man called Styfel' in Old English. Composed of the elements Styfel (the name of the landowner), inga (followers of) and fleot (stream, inlet or creek), the village was recorded as Steflingefled in the Domesday Book.

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.

Location

  • OS Landranger: OS No. 36
  • Grid ref: SE 612 427
  • Nearest post code: YO19 6HT
  • GPS coordinates: 53.877, -1.07034

Location map

Directions

Just 7 miles south of York and half an hour from Leeds.

Satnav: The postcode YO19 6HT is for the point shown by the red dot on the location map/s.

Directions.

From the A64 York:-

  • From the A64, take the junction for the A19, Selby (Designer Outlet).
  • Follow the A19 south for about 4 miles, passing Deighton and Escrick.
  • Take the right hand filter lane for the turn onto the Sherburn in Elmet, Cawood and Stillingfleet road (opposite the Escrick Estate Office gates).
  • After roughly 1km, this road passes over a disused railway line and after a further 200m, a stone track, on the right leads to the wood entrance, just on the opposite side of Stillingfleet Beck.

From the A19 Selby:-

  • From the A19 Barlby Road, Selby, travelling north, continue for approximately 7 miles, passing Riccall.
  • Just south of Escrick, take the left turn, signed for Sherburn in Elmet, Cawood and Stillingfleet (opposite the Escrick Estate Office gates).
  • After roughly 1km, this road passes over a disused railway line and after a further 200m, a stone track on the right leads to the wood entrance, just on the opposite side of Stillingfleet Beck.

By Bicycle:-

  • The wood adjoins the Selby – York Transpennine Trail cycle route, which runs on a disused railway line between Riccall and York.
  • Leave the trail at the Escrick Road bridge, just south of Stillingfleet Beck and turn left (west) onto Escrick Road.
  • After 200m a stone track, on the right, leads to the wood entrance, just on the opposite side of Stillingfleet Beck.

Within the Wood:-

  • A parking area is available between the two gates, please phone Liz Watson on 07985 548481 for the padlock combination.
  • Follow the main track through the wood on foot. A track leads off to the right after about 300m but ignore this and carry straight on for a further 100m.
  • The ride-stop entrance is here, on your left with pink markings.

How we support our buyers

Membership of the small woodland owners’ group

£300 for a woodland course of your choice

Free copies of our woodland book

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.

Set amongst the beautiful pastures and parklands that make up the countryside south of York, Stilling Wood is a small, mixed planted ancient woodland, with a great deal of privacy.

Managed by Dan Watson

Telephone: 07970 116 515

Email: [email protected]