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Muir Wood - SOLD, East Lothian - About 4 acres, £45,000

Muir Wood - SOLD
Muir Wood - SOLD
East Lothian

A mature, native Scots pine woodland, open and accessible with diverse regeneration and within easy reach of Edinburgh.

Towering Scots pine are the immediate impression on entering Muir Wood. Planted around ninety years ago, they have been left to achieve impressive height and girth. Successive thining has created open spaces which are now filled to bursting with a wide variety of species. A few oak trees of similar age are dotted throughout an understorey of colonising birch. At a lower level still, seedlings of birch, pine, oak and spruce are all set to be the next generation.

Well established trails winding through the foliage are easily recognised as thoroughfares for our four-legged friends. Normally associated with open fields, the wood is home to a surprising number of hares. Sharing these tracks are roe deer and badger as they forage through the woods at dusk and dawn. The sometimes dense understorey is a perfect refuge for a large variety of small birds, these include tits and finches, the ever so shy wren and bold as brass robins.

Muir Wood, which takes its name from the old Scottish form of moor, is generally level, sloping gently up in the centre levelling out again to the north. A large drainage channel carries water west to east and is reliable enough to support its own unique array of species. In spring the wriggle of tadpoles is a welcome sight through the surrounding foliage as nature starts its annual cycle of rebirth.

A hard standing area is useful for vehicle turning and timber stacking; from this leads a short path to a footbridge crossing of the drain and a rustic bench. A more established path winds the length of the wood. Intersecting animal trails can be followed by exploring through the undergrowth.

An ideal venue for conservation and woodland management, as much or as little intervention could be carried out as desired. For some the more leisurely pursuits of nature watching or simply chilling out might be the activity of choice.

Although not visible from within the woods the Lammamuir hills with their excellent walking and cycle tracks are but a short distance away. The nearby historic market town of Gifford is well served by cafes, accommodation and a small general grocery store. The Pencaitland Railway Walk which starts in Gifford offers wonderful views of parts of East Lothian that are inaccessible by car. The trees and hedgerows along the route offer shelter to a great diversity of wildlife and many rare wild flowers are established along the embankments.

Although the local area is largely agricultural, several industries were previously centred here. A sizeable textile industry producing fine linen, and a paper mill which once supplied bank notes for the Scottish banks, are the most notable.

A viewing of the wood is definitely recommended; please allow yourself a generous amount of time to fully explore the wood throughout.

Sporting rights: these are owned and included with the land.

Access: is off the B6368 and then along the firm stone track which is accessible by most cars.

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.

Details

  • Price: £45,000 Freehold
  • Location: Bolton Muir, Gifford, East Lothian
  • Size: About 4 acres for sale
  • OS Landranger: OS No 66
  • Grid ref: NT 502 681
  • Nearest post code: EH41 4JS

Boundaries:

The boundaries are marked by red painted top fence posts

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Local manager

david-alty David and Sarah Alty
07795 104 594
davidandsarah@woodlands.co.uk

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Description

Towering Scots pine are the immediate impression on entering Muir Wood. Planted around ninety years ago, they have been left to achieve impressive height and girth. Successive thining has created open spaces which are now filled to bursting with a wide variety of species. A few oak trees of similar age are dotted throughout an understorey of colonising birch. At a lower level still, seedlings of birch, pine, oak and spruce are all set to be the next generation.

Well established trails winding through the foliage are easily recognised as thoroughfares for our four-legged friends. Normally associated with open fields, the wood is home to a surprising number of hares. Sharing these tracks are roe deer and badger as they forage through the woods at dusk and dawn. The sometimes dense understorey is a perfect refuge for a large variety of small birds, these include tits and finches, the ever so shy wren and bold as brass robins.

Muir Wood, which takes its name from the old Scottish form of moor, is generally level, sloping gently up in the centre levelling out again to the north. A large drainage channel carries water west to east and is reliable enough to support its own unique array of species. In spring the wriggle of tadpoles is a welcome sight through the surrounding foliage as nature starts its annual cycle of rebirth.

A hard standing area is useful for vehicle turning and timber stacking; from this leads a short path to a footbridge crossing of the drain and a rustic bench. A more established path winds the length of the wood. Intersecting animal trails can be followed by exploring through the undergrowth.

An ideal venue for conservation and woodland management, as much or as little intervention could be carried out as desired. For some the more leisurely pursuits of nature watching or simply chilling out might be the activity of choice.

Although not visible from within the woods the Lammamuir hills with their excellent walking and cycle tracks are but a short distance away. The nearby historic market town of Gifford is well served by cafes, accommodation and a small general grocery store. The Pencaitland Railway Walk which starts in Gifford offers wonderful views of parts of East Lothian that are inaccessible by car. The trees and hedgerows along the route offer shelter to a great diversity of wildlife and many rare wild flowers are established along the embankments.

Although the local area is largely agricultural, several industries were previously centred here. A sizeable textile industry producing fine linen, and a paper mill which once supplied bank notes for the Scottish banks, are the most notable.

A viewing of the wood is definitely recommended; please allow yourself a generous amount of time to fully explore the wood throughout.

Sporting rights: these are owned and included with the land.

Access: is off the B6368 and then along the firm stone track which is accessible by most cars.

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.

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Location

OS Landranger: OS No 66
Grid ref: NT 502 681
Nearest post code: EH41 4JS

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Directions

  • Muir Wood is about 25 miles east of Edinburgh and about 35 miles west of Berwick on Tweed.

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From Edinburgh and the west;

  • From the city bypass (A720) take the A68 towards Jedburgh.
  • Pass Dalkeith and turn left at the war memorial taking the A6093 towards Haddington.
  • Go through the village of Pencaitland and turn right at the crossroads signposted Gifford B6355
  • Continue through East Saltoun for about 1.7 miles, Bolton Muir Woods will appear on the right.
  • At the crossroads tun right onto the B6368 towards Petersmuir + Humbie.
  • Continue along the wood to the main double gated entrance on the left.
  • Park safely in the entrance way and continue on foot through the side gate.
  • Muir Wood entrance is clearly marked on the left.

From Berwick on Tweed and the east;

  • From the A1 take the A6105 signposted Duns and Chirnside.
  • Pass through Chirnside and fork right onto the B6355 towards Cranshaws.
  • Pass Whiteadder resevoir, through Gifford and continue on the B6355 towards Pencaitland.
  • After about 2 miles the main entrance to Bolton Muir Woods will appear on the left.
  • Continue along the wood to the crossroads, turn left on to the B6355 towards Petersmuir + Humbie.
  • Continue along the wood to the main double gated entrance on the left.
  • Park safely in the entrance way and continue on foot through the side gate.
  • Muir Wood entrance is clearly marked on the left.

Boundaries:

The boundaries are marked by red painted top fence posts

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