SOLD: Pelham Meadow £89,000 Freehold


Tucked away at the end of a small country lane, Pelham Meadow occupies a private and quiet corner of North Devon where one can switch off and enjoy the peaceful beauty of the land. The meadow is flanked to the east by an exceptional belt of woodland which stretches down to a babbling stream, itself marking the eastern boundary. The land presents a canvas upon which a new custodian could shape and enhance the landscape through tree planting and rewilding, to compliment the towering trees which already stand there.

At the end of the access track, there is an area of hardstanding for parking in the north west corner, before the land stretches out in a south easterly direction. The heart of the meadow is a lush pasture, having had a prior agricultural use as grazing land for livestock as a part of Great Knightacott Farm. It is embraced along its southern boundary by a vibrant stretch of broadleaved species which shield the land, swaying easily in the breeze above a minor stream which drains the land. The open land sweeps all the way around to the south east corner, hugging a delightful belt of woodland which gradually scatters into the open meadowland. As one approaches the woodland fringe, there is a gentle dispersal of trees which gradually thicken, becoming a truly magical stretch of broadleaved species. One can meander through the vibrant understory to the stream at the western edge which provides a valuable source of water to the land. Clearings in the woodland provide space to pitch a tent for a spot of camping.

Pelham Meadow is an ideal place to plant trees, with new young woodland complimenting the woodland that already exists and extending the habitats that support local wildlife, such as badgers which are known to be active nearby. Tree planting could be undertaken in tandem with a rewilding approach which would rely on the seeds from the established woodland driving natural regeneration. There is also scope to plant a new hedgerow along the northern boundary which is currently demarcated by a line of peeled stakes. The stakes continue into the woodland along a historical bank, marked as a feature on OS maps. These stakes are marked with turquoise pant.

At about 5 acres in size, Pelham Meadow presents a varied and manageable parcel of private land which could be enjoyed and enhanced, and would be of great appeal to those with conservation, environmental and amenity interests.

Pelham Meadow is situated a short distance to the south of Fremington which lies on the River Taw estuary. The town of Barnstaple is approximately 4 miles to the north-east whilst Bideford and Instow, both situated on the River Torridge estuary, are approximately 6 miles to the west.

The purchasers of the land will be asked to enter into a covenant to ensure the quiet and peaceful enjoyment of adjoining woodlands and meadows.


- Extremely quiet and private location.

- Combination of open land for planting and a belt of woodland to the east.

- Charming stream running along the eastern boundary, and an additional smaller stream on the southern boundary.

- Private parking and excellent access.

Access, tracks and footpaths

The land comes with freehold title and is accessed via a metalled track which runs from a highway maintainable at public expense. There are no public rights of way across the land.

Local area and history

The land lies to the south of the village of Fremington and the river-port town of Barnstable, both of which lie on the River Taw estuary. The River Taw crosses North Devon, flanking Dartmoor before emptying into Bideford bay. It has a rich commercial and military history, with ships traversing its length to do everything from servicing the booming wool industry to sailing out the mouth of the estuary to join Sir Francis Drake’s fleet which took on the Spanish Armada.

In more modern times, it is perhaps most famous for Henry Williamson’s Tarka the Otter, the poetic novel which tells the story of the life of Tarka. The Tarka Trail is a 180 mile long walking and cycling route which navigates across North Devon and Exmoor, and is the longest traffic free cycling route in the UK.

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. 180
  • Grid ref: SS 502 301
  • Nearest post code: EX31 3QG
  • GPS coordinates: 51.0505, -4.13614

Location map


Pelham Meadow is accessed via a stoned track from an unnamed public highway near the hamlet of Bickleton, in North Devon. Barnstable is around a 15 minute drive away to the north east, with Bideford around 20 minutes away to the south west.

Click here for Bing Maps directions, enter your own postcode, (the location coordinates are already entered), and click on the "Directions" box. This will take you to the roadside gate where the track begins, where you can park. Thereafter please follow the maps.

Satnav: the postcode EX31 3QG is the nearest to meadow, but please note will take you to a location ½ a mile away, just before the required turning which is signposted for ‘Knightacott’.

Coordinates for satnav are: 51.0545, -4.1378 for the metal gate at the start of the access track.


From the centre of Barnstable, cross the Barnstable Long Bridge towards Sticklepath. Follow the A3125 through Sticklepath and turn left at the roundabout just before Bickington Road towards Roundswell. Take the third exit at the next roundabout signposted for Eastliegh and Holmacott, which will take you on to Old Bideford Road. Follow straight for just under 2 miles, where you will need to turn right, following the signpost for Fremington. Follow for 450m before turning left at the first cross road you reach, following the sign to Bickleton and Instow. Follow straight for 800m before taking a final turning on your left, signposted for Knightacott. Follow this small country lane for ½ a mile right to the end of the road, at which point the entrance gate and woodlands sign will be on your left hand side. Park here and climb the gates, before following the green route on the ‘wood maps’ by foot, which will take you straight down a long access track. Pelham Meadow is at the very end on your left hand side.

How we support our buyers

Membership of the small woodland owners’ group

EITHER £300 for a woodland course of your choice

OR £300 contribution towards buying trees, tree shelters or stakes

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 wonderfully varied parcel of land set in an idyllic location in a quiet corner of North Devon.

Managed by Anton Baskerville

Telephone: 07952 694 652

Email: [email protected]