SOLD: Vale Wood £75,000 Freehold


Growing well on a gentle slope, Vale Wood is a mix of mature Scots and Corsican pine that are well spaced and straight-grown, giving a light and airy feel. The red, orange and burgundy tints to the bark of the Scots pine look lovely, particularly when illuminated by evening sunshine, and are notably different to the greyer trunked Corsican pines that have a slightly greater girth.

The pine canopy is frequented by many small woodland birds such as goldcrests, the UK’s smallest bird, and several varieties of tit, as well as tree creepers and woodpeckers. Down on the woodland floor, the patchy wild rose and bramble cover is ideal for woodcock, which take off from the ground with a start when a stroller is close by.

Growing amongst the pines are many self-seeded native broadleaved trees, for example, willow, hawthorn, wych elm and elder. There are also quite a number of oak saplings and the occasional yew tree can be found. The berries provided by some of these are valuable food for wildlife. Other herbaceous plants include several species of fern, mosses and a few nettles – wonderful for butterflies but also ideal for making a healthy woodland brew of nettle tea to boost the immune system.

Ravens can often be heard ‘cronking’ overhead, along with the plaintive mew of buzzards that wheel about the Vale. Evidence of mammals can be found too; deer trails lead through the wood, small munjac routes tend to be through dense undergrowth, but the larger roe deer are also present too.

Access to the wood is from Laming Gap Lane via a solid stone track leading to the ride-stop entrance, where there is space to park a vehicle. A trail leads from the ride-stop to a grass-covered ride, extending along the south-western boundary.

The wood is located within the Vale of Belvoir, meaning ‘beautiful view’, in French. The name was used by the 11th century Norman invaders when the original Belvoir Castle was established, but the native Anglo-Saxon population was unable to pronounce such a foreign word, preferring to call it "Beaver Castle" this pronunciation is still used today. The area’s most famous produce includes Stilton cheese and Melton Mowbray pork pies, both area ideal for a picnic in the woods.

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.

Wood maps

Wood map


Boundary markings are in mauve on fence posts along the south eastern boundary. The north western boundary, south western and north eastern boundarys are defined by tracks and markings are on trees.

Find this wood

This wood is now sold, please do not visit the wood without the permission of the owner.


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 129
  • Grid ref: SK 641 328
  • Nearest post code: NG12 5PG
  • GPS coordinates: 52.8895, -1.04772

Location map


Just 10 miles from the centre of Nottingham and 20 miles north of Leicester.


From the South:-

  • Travelling along the A46 turn on to the A606 signed to Nottingham.
  • Pass the left turn to Widmerpool.
  • Continue straight on through Stanton-on-the-Wolds.
  • Immediately after leaving Stanton-on-the-Wolds turn right into Laming Gap Lane.

From the West:-

  • Travelling along the M52 turn on to the A606 signed to Melton.
  • Go under the railway and through Tollerton.
  • Go straight on at the traffic lights.
  • Pass two left turns to Normanton.
  • Immediately before Stanton-on-the Wolds village sign turn left onto Laming Gap Lane.

Laming Gap Lane:-

  • Pass Wynnstay Cottage on the left and proceed to a sharp right hand bend.
  • Park in the lay-by at this point.
  • Cotgrave Forest is 100 metres north east along Wolds Lane.
  • Walk round the green entrance barrier and continue along the track (Wolds Lane), and follow the track round a sharp right hand bend and then take the lefthand downhill turn.
  • Continue for 100 metres Vale 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

Free copies of two woodland books

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 lovely established woodland for bird spotters and wildlife watchers, part of a larger forest and a great place to unwind.

Managed by Dan Watson

Telephone: 07970 116 515

Email: [email protected]