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Gauntlet Wood, Kent - About 9 acres, £120,000

Gauntlet Wood
Gauntlet Wood
Kent

A varied ancient wood - a well-spaced conifer plantation featuring magnificent mature oaks, with birch and sweet chestnut understory and a compartment of mixed broadleaves.

Gauntlet Wood is mainly a well-spaced mature conifer plantation with Japanese larch. You may find the occasional Scots pine, Norway Spruce and Western Hemlock. There are a significant number of magnificent mature oaks scattered throughout the wood. Other broadleaf species are found in the conifer understory including birch and sweet chestnut as well as numerous oaks of various age classes.

The south east area of the wood is a small compartment (approx. 1.2 acres) of mixed broadleaf coppice and naturally regenerating birch. Other species include hazel, sycamore, elder, oaks, holly, hawthorn and mountain ash.

The gate entrance from Gravelly Bottom Road leads down a stoned track to the ridestop entrance for Gauntlet Wood. Here owners are able to drive in and park a car within the wood itself. The stoned track continues beyond the ridestop approx. 60 meters providing good access to the south of the wood. A private walk track leading from the ridestop entrance winds through the larch and oaks to a clearing where a bench has been installed. From here you can sit surrounded by the wood, enjoy occasional overnight private camping with friends and family, and watch as the sun starts to dip below the treeline. Sparrow hawks, buzzards and kestrels, green and great spotted woodpeckers and lesser redpoll have been recorded in the area.

The majority of Gauntlet Wood has been designated as Ancient Replanted Woodland (PAWS) by Natural England. The south east area has been designated as Ancient Semi-Natural Woodlands (ASNW). This land has been wooded since at least 1600AD. A public footpath runs along the east boundary of the wood.

We are fortunate to have two useful studies, which were undertaken by professionals. The Management Plan has been written by a qualified and experienced forestry professional to indicate a way in which Abbey Woods (of which Gauntlet Wood is a part) as a whole might be managed, but only you can know what you want to achieve and what your resources are. The Management Plan is not mandatory, but it is full of good advice, and a lot of background information which will certainly be interesting and useful. We also have a report from our Professional Adviser Prof. Julian Evans, author of “Getting Started in a Wood of Your Own”. The report covers the wider area of Abbey Woods and again, advice is not compulsory. Please bear in mind that not everything in either of them applies to the particular area of Abbey Woods which is Gauntlet Wood.

Maidstone is approximately 5 miles from Gauntlet Wood and the Grade I Listed Leeds Castle is less than 2 1/5 miles nearby.

Gauntlet Wood has recently been named in homage to its history, as originally it was a part of Leeds Castle Woodlands.

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.

Details

  • Price: £120,000 Freehold
  • Location: Langley Heath, Kent
  • Size: About 9 acres for sale
  • OS Landranger: OS No 188
  • Grid ref: TQ 819 510
  • Nearest post code: ME17 3GZ

Boundaries:

The boundaries of the wood are indicated with MAUVE markings.

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Local manager

ruthandjames Ruth and James Feltham
07812 165081
ruthandjames@woodlands.co.uk

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Description

Gauntlet Wood is mainly a well-spaced mature conifer plantation with Japanese larch. You may find the occasional Scots pine, Norway Spruce and Western Hemlock. There are a significant number of magnificent mature oaks scattered throughout the wood. Other broadleaf species are found in the conifer understory including birch and sweet chestnut as well as numerous oaks of various age classes.

The south east area of the wood is a small compartment (approx. 1.2 acres) of mixed broadleaf coppice and naturally regenerating birch. Other species include hazel, sycamore, elder, oaks, holly, hawthorn and mountain ash.

The gate entrance from Gravelly Bottom Road leads down a stoned track to the ridestop entrance for Gauntlet Wood. Here owners are able to drive in and park a car within the wood itself. The stoned track continues beyond the ridestop approx. 60 meters providing good access to the south of the wood. A private walk track leading from the ridestop entrance winds through the larch and oaks to a clearing where a bench has been installed. From here you can sit surrounded by the wood, enjoy occasional overnight private camping with friends and family, and watch as the sun starts to dip below the treeline. Sparrow hawks, buzzards and kestrels, green and great spotted woodpeckers and lesser redpoll have been recorded in the area.

The majority of Gauntlet Wood has been designated as Ancient Replanted Woodland (PAWS) by Natural England. The south east area has been designated as Ancient Semi-Natural Woodlands (ASNW). This land has been wooded since at least 1600AD. A public footpath runs along the east boundary of the wood.

We are fortunate to have two useful studies, which were undertaken by professionals. The Management Plan has been written by a qualified and experienced forestry professional to indicate a way in which Abbey Woods (of which Gauntlet Wood is a part) as a whole might be managed, but only you can know what you want to achieve and what your resources are. The Management Plan is not mandatory, but it is full of good advice, and a lot of background information which will certainly be interesting and useful. We also have a report from our Professional Adviser Prof. Julian Evans, author of “Getting Started in a Wood of Your Own”. The report covers the wider area of Abbey Woods and again, advice is not compulsory. Please bear in mind that not everything in either of them applies to the particular area of Abbey Woods which is Gauntlet Wood.

Maidstone is approximately 5 miles from Gauntlet Wood and the Grade I Listed Leeds Castle is less than 2 1/5 miles nearby.

Gauntlet Wood has recently been named in homage to its history, as originally it was a part of Leeds Castle Woodlands.

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.

How to find this woodland

You are welcome to visit this wood by yourself, but please ensure that you have a copy of these sales details with you - many of our woodlands do not have mobile phone reception or internet access so we recommend either printing the details or downloading them to your phone/tablet/laptop.

Do remember to also check that it is still available for sale. If you have seen the woodland and wish to be accompanied on a second more detailed visit please contact our local manager.

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Location

OS Landranger: OS No 188
Grid ref: TQ 819 510
Nearest post code: ME17 3GZ

Maps

Directions

Please note, for satellite navigation, use the post code ME17 3GZ. This will take you to within approx. ⅓ mile of Abbey Wood Central as shown by the red dot on the map. Coordinates to the main entrance gate leading to Gauntlet Wood off Gravelly Bottom Road are: N51.231885, E0.602845. To find the wood follow the instructions below.

  • From the M20 Junction 8 head east along the A20 towards Leeds Castle.
  • After approx. 1/3 mile turn right at the roundabout onto the B2163 (signposted Leeds Castle). Follow this road approx. 2 miles through Leeds and Langley.
  • In Langley take the 2nd turning on the left onto Ulcombe Road. The post code will take you to this road.
  • Once on Ulcombe Road, drive approx. 300 meters until you reach a fork in the road. Take the road to the left – Gravelly Bottom Road.
  • Continue past 3 single metal gates on the left-hand side. Approximately opposite the 3rd gate is a single metal gate on the right-hand side. Park on the right-hand side leaving the gate accessible.
  • Walk round the gate, down the stoned track approx. 150 meters and the ride stop entrance to Gauntlet Wood is to the left with its boundaries marked in MAUVE.
  • Sat Nav note: The post code ME17 3GZ is for the point shown on the location map by the red dot which is further west back along Ulcombe Road.

Boundaries:

The boundaries of the wood are indicated with MAUVE markings.

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