SOLD: Whistling Meadow £55,000 Freehold


Whistling Meadow is a serene retreat nestled in the heart of England/Wales border country. With The Cat’s Back forming a dramatic backdrop to the south, the land lies within the Monnow Valley in the foothills of the Black Mountains. Just a short drive from the picturesque town of Hay-on-Wye, this meadow is a haven which takes one away from the daily rhythms of life.

The terrain boasts a harmonious blend of open meadows, wooded banks, and the meandering River Monnow. The northern boundary of the meadow is gracefully defined by the river, all of which falls within full ownership of Whistling Meadow. The name of the river comes from the Welsh ‘Myn-wy’ which translates as swift water and for much of it’s 42 miles defines the English/Welsh border, although the land here falls entirely within Herefordshire. The river rises at this point and courses southwards to Monmouth where it eventually merges with the Wye. There are a couple of points within Whistling Meadow where the formation of the rocks and the direction of flow creates magical waterfalls, with the river cascading of sheer edges into pools below. Overhanging foliage and moss-covered rocks add to the ambience of the watercourse.

Access to the meadow is via a well-maintained stone track that flanks the meadow to the west and the south where a convenient parking area is situated. Standing here and gazing southward, fine views down the valley can be enjoyed. The woodland bank guards the river directly in front of you, to the north, whilst the access track defines the western boundary to your left. There is a gentle gradient down towards the river. The eastern boundary is demarcated by a line of field stakes, which could be reinforced with the planting of a new hedgerow.

The woodland bank along the edge of the river provides a diversity of habitat important for wildlife, where a vibrant carpet of bluebells can be found in the spring. The trees on the bank as well as those in the general area will provide a valuable source of seeds that will drive natural regeneration of the open land.

Like much of this area of the UK, the land has a rich agricultural history and has been grazed by sheep in recent years. It now offers the opportunity for woodland creation and a private amenity space for those looking for a private parcel of land in this beautiful corner of Herefordshire. Grants are available for those interested in planting trees to create new woodland.

Found at the end of a quiet and almost unused lane, Whistling Meadow really feels away from it all and would be perfect for those looking for a quiet retreat to spend time and conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the land. The highly acclaimed Bulls Head Pub is a short stroll down the lane, offering superb food, drinks, and overnight accommodation.

This meadow could be purchased in conjunction with the adjoining meadow - Boundary 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.


- Full owenership of a section of the River Monnow, including two waterfalls

- Truly rural locatioin

- Open land for woodland creation

- Established wooded bank next to the river

- 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 271 363
  • Nearest post code: HR2 0PN
  • GPS coordinates: 52.0205, -3.06415

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 until the track turns to the rights just before the tree line. Follow until it drops through the tree line to the left - here you will find Whistling 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.

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 tucked-away private meadow in the foothills of The Black Mountains with fine views down the Monnow Valley. The land comes with full ownership of a tree-lined section of the River Monnow including two waterfalls.

Managed by Anton Baskerville

Telephone: 07952 694 652

Email: [email protected]