SOLD: Pilgrim's Meadow £75,000 Freehold


Pilgrim’s Meadow is a special parcel of land - it truly is place to get away from it all and spend time in one of the UK’s most treasured landscapes. Just a short drive away from Hay-on-Wye, the meadow is situated in Craswall in-between the Brecon Beacons National Park and The Wye Valley AONB. Two of the major eastern peaks of The Black Mountains, Hay Bluff (677m) and Twyn Lech (704m) dominate the skyline to the west of the meadow.

The land is a magical mix of open meadowland, woodland and the River Monnow. The northern boundary of the meadow is formed by the river with around half the frontage falling within full ownership of Pilgrim’s Meadow. In the north east corner, there is an amazing waterfall - the water of the Monnow courses southwards before cascading off the sheets of rock into the plunge pool below. The hypnotic babble of the water creates a serene atmosphere, amplified by the cooling overhead canopy and moss-covered rocks which form the perimeter. The waterfall and shallow pool make an ideal spot for wild bathing.

The meadow is accessed via a stoned track which terminates in the eastern section of the land, where a parking area can be found. As one stands here and looks down the heart of the meadow in a westerly direction, a wooded bank flanks the meadow to the left with the River Monnow embracing the meadow on the right. With mature broadleaved species on all sides, a great sense of privacy is afforded. The woodland bank on the southern boundary offers a nice diversity of habitat – the floor is alive with bluebells in the spring and the trees offer important habitats for woodland animals and birds. The trees also provide a source of seeds which will drive the natural regeneration of the open land, if given the space to do so. Active tree planting of the open meadow will accelerate the development of new woodland habitats.

Heading further west through the meadow, an internal stream (which feeds in to The Monnow) can be found in the north west corner. This meandering water course is lined by a series of field trees, offering a shady spot to sit in the summer months. To the north side of this stream (and to the south of the river) is a particularly beautiful corner of the meadow: surrounded by water courses on all sides, a couple of lone trees punctuate the lush expanse of pasture, the bluebells offering a flash of colour. The extensive woodland in the vicinity, particularly on the other side of the valley shows the suitability of the location for new woodland creation.

The land has had an agricultural past and has been managed in recent years by way of grazing, with its future now destined for conservation work and ideally the creation of young woodland, which will bolster and augment the extensive habitats already in place. It would particularly suit those looking for a personal amenity space to enjoy but could equally be used for more formal carbon offsetting purposes.

Pilgrim’s Meadow is in a fantastic location – it feels incredibly rural and away from the world, whilst also being within close reach of both Hay-on-Wye and Hereford. The highly rated Bulls Head Pub is just a short walk down the lane, where fantastic food, drink and overnight rooms are available.

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.


- Full owenership of a section of the River Monnow

- Waterfall

- Truly rural locatioin

- Open land for woodland creation

- Established wooded areas

- Within close reach of Hay-on-Wye and Hereford

Access, tracks and footpaths

The meadow is accessed via a hardcore stoned track which runs from the public highway. The land comes with freehold title and there are no public rights of way across it.

Local area and history

The meadow lies just to the east of The Black Mountains, the range of hills which form the most easterly section of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Between the meadow and the peaks runs The Offa’s Dyke Path, a public footpath which spans nearly 200 miles between Liverpool and the Severn Estuary. The footpath broadly follows Offa’s Dyke, a linear earthwork and scheduled monument which dates back to the early middle ages, initially built to delineate the border between Anglian Mercia and The Welsh Kingdom of Powys. The meadow is also just a short drive away from Hay-on-Wye, the location of one the world’s most famous literary festivals.

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. 161
  • Grid ref: SO 270 363
  • Nearest post code: HR2 0PN
  • GPS coordinates: 52.021, -3.06443

Location map


In terms of finding the meadow, when entering Craswall from the South (from either Longtown or Newton St Margarets direction), keep heading due north towards the HR2 0PN postcode. Follow the main road until you approach The Bulls Head Pub on your right hand side. Here, as opposed to turning 90 degrees to the right around the corner of the pub, take the lane straight ahead of you. There will be a phone box and letter box on your left hand side (opposite the pub). Follow this lane for about 1km at which point you will find the main entrance gate for the land on your right hand side, marked with a Woodlands sign. It is the next gate on the right hand side after the entrance to Old College House (which will also be on your right).

If entering Craswall from the North (Hay-on-Wye), turn right into the lane at The Bulls Head pub when the main road sweeps around the corner of the pub to the left. Again, look out for the phone box and mail box in the wall.

Once at the main entrance, park in the little pull-in opposite the gate, carefully climb the gate and follow the access track down the hill to the very end where you will find Pilgrim’s Meadow on your left hand side.

Click here for the Google Maps Main Gate Location, 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 HR2 0PN is the nearest to the main entrance where you can park. However, this postcode will take you to the middle of Craswall, near The Bulls Head, not the exact locatioin of the gate.

Coordinates for satnav are: 52.019790 -3.066723 for the main entrance.

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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.

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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 magical meadow with a waterfall in the foothills of The Black Mountains, flanked by a wooded bank and The River Monnow. Within easy reach of Hay-on-Wye and Hereford.

Managed by Anton Baskerville

Telephone: 07952 694 652

Email: [email protected]