SOLD: Raleigh Meadow £95,000 Freehold


Raleigh Meadow offers a wonderful combination of around 5 acres of meadow, frontage on to the River Frome, private parking and an old barn which a prospective buyer could renovate. Ideally located just outside the village of Maiden Newton, it is around a 10 minute drive away from Dorchester, and around 20 minutes from Bridport.

The meadow itself is down to grass, having had a previous use as grazing land for livestock. The land rises very gradually from the entrance gate to a high spot in the middle of the meadow, before dropping away again to the west towards the river. The river banks are populated with broadleaved spcies. The river itself runs gently along the western boundary, providing an important habitat for wildlife and a source of water for the land.

The eastern boundary is formed by a thick hedgerow, consisting predominantly of hawthorn, whilst the southern and northern boundaries are demarcated with stakes. The western edge is marked by the River Frome.

The land also benefits from an old outbuilding which is located just next to the parking area by the entrance gate. A new owner could renovate the building without the need for planning permission to be used as a tool shed or store. Any change of use would require the necessary permissions from the local authority.

The meadow presents a fantastic opporunity for those who have rewilding interesets, and is well suited to the planting of a young woodland. Young tress would add to the already vibrant habitats on the land, making it both a haven for both wildlife and ideal spot for relaxing with family and friends.

In terms of finding the meadow, whilst heading north up the A356 from Dorchester, the “Planting Land” sign can be seen on the left hand side by a lay-by 2km after the village of Frampton (with a further 2km to go before reaching Maiden Newton). Please park here and go through the gate and turn immediately right, and go through a further gate. Walk north along the perimeter of the field (with the hedge on your right) until you reach a small compound with two entrance gates, of which the nearer one is for Raleigh Meadow.

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


The River Frome:

The River Frome is one of the major chalkstreams in South West England, flowing for 35 miles from Evershot down to Poole Harbour. Chalk streams are rivers that rise from springs in landscapes with chalk bedrock, which for the River Frome is the rolling chalk hills surrounding its upper course, between Evershot and Maiden Newton. Since chalk is permeable, water percolates easily through the ground to the water table, meaning the water in the stream contains little organic matter and is generally incredibly clear. ‘Frome’ is an old Celtic river name meaning ‘fair’ or ‘fine’.

Frome Valley Trail:

The meadow is situated within a 5 minute walk of the renowned Frome Valley Trail, which can be both walked and cycled. The walking trail is 16 miles long and the cycling trail is 14 miles. Maps of the route can be viewed here.

Rights and covenants

Raleigh Meadow comes with freehold title and there are no public rights of way across the land.

Local area and history

The nearby village of Maiden Newton, where local amenities can be found, was recorded as Newetone in the 1086 Domesday Book, and, in more recent times, provided the inspiration and basis of the village of Chalk-Newton which features in many of the works of Thomas Hardy.

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  • OS Landranger: OS No. 194
  • Grid ref: SY 608 962
  • Nearest post code: DT2 0BY
  • GPS coordinates: 50.764, -2.55692

Location map


Raleigh Meadow is located just outside the village of Maiden Newton in Dorset. Dorchester is around a 10 minute drive away to the South, and Bridport around 20 minutes by car to the East.

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 you can park.

Satnav: the postcode DT2 0BY is the nearest to the lay-by and sign where you can park.

Coordinates for satnav are: N50.764, W-2.55692 for the metal access gate and sign in the lay-by where you can park.

Bing maps location

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 wonderful meadow with river frontage, ideal for those with conservation and amenity interests.

Managed by Anton Baskerville

Telephone: 07952 694 652

Email: [email protected]