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Aelius Wood - SOLD, Northumberland - Nearly 7 acres, £59,000

Aelius Wood - SOLD

Aelius Wood is set in a quiet rural setting, bounded by woodland, in an area of mixed farmland, south of the Tyne valley. The wood is predominantly Norway spruce with a belt of Scots pine, interspersed by broadleaf succession along the roadside. Hazel, rowan and ash with an occasional oak give pleasant and welcome understorey in this area.

Walking through the wood is a pleasant and easy experience, as the trees are well spaced and the floor is a soft carpet of mosses and ferns. An occasional self seeded birch stretches upwards for a share of the light.

A few deep furrows, originally intended as drains for the young trees, cross the wood. A couple of them are now continuously flowing streams, each supporting their own micro ecosystem.

The wood rises gently to the south without affecting the general feel of level accessible space. Seasonal fungi proliferate on the woodland floor giving the mushroom hunter abundant opportunities. Deer and squirrels are easily spotted and the canopy supports a wide variety of birds. Jays chatter in the canopy, woodpecker hammer away at standing deadwood and an occasional woodcock bursts from cover, startling the unprepared visitor.

The large amount of the growing timber could be sustainably harvested as a domestic wood fuel source and this would have an added benefit of increasing lights levels to the understorey. The added space and light would encourage trees and flora to flourish and the added diversity would in turn support greater diversity of fauna. The planting of specific tree species would allow for the shaping of the woodland, perhaps with native broadleaf species or native fruit trees.

An overnight camping stay is an attractive proposition, facilitating wild life watching, perhaps at dusk and dawn.

The woods at Dilston were formerly part of the estate of the Radcliffes of nearby Dilston Hall. Now serving as a much more useful Mencap further education college, the hall was built to rival nearby 18th century mansions but was never completed. At the outbreak of the Jacobite Rebellion, work was suspended; never to be resumed. All that remains are the ruins of Dilston Castle, situated on the banks of the Devil's Water, a lively tributary of the River Tyne.

Aelius is a Roman family name that was possibly derived from the Greek word 'ηλιος (helios) meaning "sun". This was the family name of the Roman emperor Hadrian whose influence is felt throughout the region.

Access: Is through a wooden field gate off the B6307, then along a short track to a hard standing and turning area inside the wood.

Surrounding Area: Aelius Wood is part of a larger area of woodland that runs down to the River Tyne. The Tyne is considered to be England's best salmon river that together with sea trout runs, gives the opportunity for excellent fishing. This is a quiet rural setting with many public footpaths with good walking. Nearby is Hadrian's Wall with the more challenging Hadrian's Wall Long Distance Path.

The attractive market towns of Hexham with its historic abbey and Roman Corbridge lie a short drive away. Rowing and canoeing are popular from Tyne Green riverside park.

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.

There is a growing interest in hut, bothy and temporary shelter building, especially in Scotland; for those interested in erecting a hut or shelter, here is some interesting and very helpful guidance from Reforesting Scotland’s Thousand Hut Campaign. Your Local Planning Authority should also be consulted.

  • Price: £59,000 Freehold
  • Location: Dilston, near Hexham, Northumberland
  • Size: Nearly 7 acres for sale


The boundaries are indicated by the B6307 and by orange painted fence posts tops on the other three sides.

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OS Landranger: OS No 87
Grid ref: NY 972 622
Nearest post code: NE45 5RL



Aelius Wood is about ½ hour's drive west of Newcastle just south of Corbridge and 4 miles south east of Hexham.

Satnav: the postcode NE45 5RL is for the point shown by the red dot on the location map. Coordinates for the gate on the lane entrance. N54.954905, W2.046957

Click here for Directions from Bing maps - enter your own postcode (Aelius Wood coordinates are already entered) and click on the blue "Go" box. This will take you to the parking area by the entrance.

• Travelling along the A69 take the A6079 towards the centre of Hexham.

• Cross the river, over a mini roundabout, over the railway and turn left at the second mini roundabout, sign-posted Prudhoe A695. Pass Matthew Charlton hire shop on the left and turn left onto Perth Head. At the T junction bear left back onto the A695.

• Pass the Physic garden at Dilston and turn first right continuing on the A695. Turn right onto the B6307 sign-posted Blanchland.

• Go under the power line, the entrance to Aelius Wood is the first gate on the left.

Please park safely off the public road.

• Go through the gate and along the track, Aelius Wood is the first wood on the left with hardstanding evident.


The boundaries are indicated by the B6307 and by orange painted fence posts tops on the other three sides.

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