SOLD: Riding Mill Wood £17,500 Freehold


Riding Mill is with a doubt a gem of a wood. Located close to the centre of a charming village which takes its name from the former presence of a water-powered corn mill.

Although a relatively small area, the wood contains a surprising number of tree species, see the inventory in the next section. Evidently woodland for a considerable time, many of the trees have reached impressive heights. Ancient woodland indicator species add weight to this view; dog mercury, foxglove and bluebells all being present on the woodland floor.

A healthy understory complements the more mature dominant species. Rhododendron, yew and holly giving a welcome splash of green even throughout the winter months. The woodland floor has a healthy layer of decaying leaf mould providing the perfect environment for the mycorrhiza upon which the trees depend to make nutrients available.

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.


Tree species identified within the wood; cherry, yew, elm, beech, oak, sycamore, birch, scots pine, larch, and norway spruce.

Understory species; hazel, holly, rhododendron, elder.


The wood is home to a small warren of rabbits that occupy the eastern bank.

A large variety of small birds are also present, tits and finches, robins and wrens, even a transient woodpecker foraging on standing deadwood.


Immediately on entering the wood, the land is relatively level. This extends to the west and south towards the boundary stock wire.

Moving on to the eastern boundary, against the neighbouring farmland, the ground rises gently at first, culminating in a level topped bank.

Access, tracks and footpaths

Easily accessed from either Newcastle or Carlisle via the A69 the wood is also served by a railway station on the Tyne Valley line.

Access to the wood from the public highway is via a private road over which a right of way exists. From here a narrow green lane leads to a gated entrance and a crossing over a drainage channel into the wood.

Access within the wood is relatively easy as the trees are well spaced giving a pleasant open feel.

Rights and covenants

The standard woodland.co.uk covenant does not apply to this wood.


A haven indeed from the pressures of modern life. An ideal place to spend some chill time, observing nature and letting your cares slough away.

An ideal venue for conservation with plenty of scope for encouraging wildlife and improving diversity.

Local area and history

Riding Mill village is built around a historic packhorse crossing point of the Ridingmill Burn. The building of a bridge 1822 secured the future of the village and a local corn mill was a centre of trade.

Riding Mill is notable as the location of Riding Mill pumping station. Up until here, the water released from Kielder Water uses the River Tyne but at Riding Mill, it is pumped to parts of Tyne and Wear and over the hills to Teesside.

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. 316
  • Grid ref: NZ 019 612
  • Nearest post code: NE44 6DT
  • GPS coordinates: 54.9463, -1.97048

Location map


Riding Mill Wood is about ½ hour's drive west of Newcastle just south east of Corbridge and 6 miles east of Hexham.

Satnav: the postcode NE44 6DT is for the point shown by the red dot on the location map. Coordinates for the entrance gate are 54.5648 N 1.5814 W

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

  • Or, follow these directions:
  • From the A69 take the A68 signposted the south and Darlington. Cross the River Tyne and at the next roundabout take the A695 signposted Riding Mill.
  • Continue into Riding Mill crossing the railway.
  • Take the second left onto Whiteside Bank, park safely and with consideration for the neighbours after the school sign.
  • Continue on foot turning left onto the private road, Whiteside.
  • The entrance to the wood is on the right up a small green lane between two houses; Lowood and Badger Mount.

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 small, but charming, predominantly deciduous woodland, in a rural location in the heart of Riding Mill.

Managed by David and Sarah Alty

Telephone: 07795 104 594

Email: [email protected]