SOLD: Magus Wood £58,000 Freehold


Planted around 20 years ago, Magus Wood is in a well-sought-after location, just south of the busy market town of Hawick. Bounded as it is by the Teviot Water, the wood has the added appeal of beautiful river frontage; a feature which is not often come by.

Although primarily a conifer stand the planting was done in a sensitive manner with a fringe of native broadleaf virtually all the way around the periphery. This softens the appearance of the wood and greatly increases the range of flora and fauna the wood is able to support. The grassy perimeter is well-stocked with woodland flowers which come to bloom throughout the year as the seasons dictate.

As the wood is perched on a river terrace, a small easily negotiated bank leads down to the river bank which hosts a profusion of riparian grasses and meadowsweet.

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.


The main body of the wood is set to spruce with the trees fulfilling their anticipated growth rate. Thoughtful thinning has provided open glades and pathways not normally associated with plantations.

Thriving equally well, the surrounding broadleaf species consist mainly of oak and alder with a scattering of birch and rowan. The river bank athough not planted now hosts self-seeded birch and willow.


As can be seen from the photos, a visit to the wood is usually rewarded with a sight of the nimble roe deer, either in full flight or pausing briefly to assess our intrusion. Surrounded by open grazing farmland the wood is a welcome refuge for many a small bird which flit throughout the canopy. The riverbank is often frequented by that patient hunter the grey heron. Without a doubt, smaller mammals such as stoats and weasels are the residents of the nesting holes poked into dense grassy clumps.


Several useful items have been erected in the wood and are included in the sale. A rustic bench for a well-earned rest, a picnic bench for a meal with a view, a tarpaulin wood store for a supply of firewood and a small but well-founded treehouse for an elevated view of the river and the surrounding environs.

Access, tracks and footpaths

Access: An unlocked gateway leads off a quiet country lane along a solid track across the fields, where there is a full right of way (suitable for most cars) to the woodland entrance. A locked gate leads to a central track up to the Magus entrance with a further track, internal paths, clearings, a timber stacking area and vehicle turning point.

Rights and covenants

The sporting rights, including fishing on the Teviot Water, are owned and offered with the sale.


With its open aspect and emergent diversity, Magus Wood would be an excellent base for woodland conservation. With good access from the highway and several flat, dry areas, an overnight camping stop is almost a necessity.

As the sporting rights are included in the sale then fishing the Teviot is an attractive option. Salmon, sea trout, brown trout and grayling can all be found and caught in the appropriate season. As this is Scotland a government fishing licence is not required.

Local area and history

Local area: Hawick, meaning entrenched settlement, is the nearest town and is right in the heart of reiver country. Once well known for lawlessness and cattle stealing it is now a pleasant market town with plenty to offer including numerous B&B’s.

At the back of the larger woodland is a strange, pointed stone structure. This is the memorial to Henry Scott Riddell, poet and songwriter who lived nearby in Teviothead.

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. 79
  • Grid ref: NT 413 064
  • Nearest post code: TD9 0LG
  • GPS coordinates: 55.3482, -2.92619

Location map


Magus Wood is well connected via the scenic A7 and is around 35 miles north of Carlisle, 15 miles north of Langholm and 10 miles south of Hawick.

To get to the woodland simply drive along the A7 to the postcode of TD9 0LG near the small village of Teviothead.

At the sign to Falnash near the Armstrong Johnnie Gallery cross the River Teviot using the temporary bridge and take an immediate right once over the bridge.

Follow the track to just before the closed farm gate with cattlegrid and park safely at the small junction on the left.

Proceed on foot through the farm gate (remembering to close it after you) and walk along the track beside the river. Continue along this track through an open gateway up to the locked woodland gate.

(Dog owners will note that a dog friendly stile has been provided at the entrance to the woodlands. All dogs should be on a lead when walking through the sheep fields.)

Climb carefully over the stile and you will find the entrance to Magus Wood a short way on your right.

A key to the locked gate will be provided upon purchase of the woodland and a right of way will allow you to drive all the way to your woodland.

How we support our buyers

Membership of the small woodland owners’ group

£300 for a woodland course of your choice

Free copies of our woodland book

One year's free membership of the royal forestry society

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.

A mixed broadleaf and spruce woodland on the pretty banks of the Teviot Water, with stunning views and the benefit of being easily accessible from Edinburgh or the north of England.

Managed by David and Sarah Alty

Telephone: 07795 104 594

Email: [email protected]