SOLD: Stola Wood £49,000 Freehold


Stola Wood is a fabulous example of regeneration within the much larger Dilston Woods. Clear felled around ten to twelve years ago, the wood was planted up with a selection of native hardwoods and conifers. These were more or less left to their own devices; as a result, nature has moved in with a helping hand giving a rare opportunity to join a woodland's life from its beginning. The planting has taken well and trees have doubled in size over the last five or six years. Inconsistent density means that the wood has a fascinating mix of habitats due to the differing light and nutrient levels. A seasonally flowing drainage channel harbours its own unique populace of appropriate species. Historically, beech trees were planted on the boundaries of plantations to shelter the young trees within. Many of these trees remain along the roadside boundary and their offspring can be found dotted about the wood.

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 wood is a good mixture of young birch, Scots pine, spruce, larch, ash and willow. A scattering of rowan, hawthorn and holly will complement the understorey as the wood matures. Honeysuckle, furze and a variety of ferns and mosses inhabit the woodlands floor together with an autumnal selection of fungi.


The close-spaced trees provide an excellent refuge for native roe deer which rest up during the day ready to venture forth come dusk. A good variety of small birds take advantage of the natural cover which provides welcome protection from predation.


The topography is largely level with some gentle undulations which give way to rising ground in the southeastern corner.

Access, tracks and footpaths

The wood is accessed from the public highway via a good hard track which opens into a larger timber stacking area. Pathways wind throughout the wood facilitating pedestrian passage. Small footbridges facilitate the crossing of deep drainage channels that bisect the land. A rustic bench is a good spot to while away the hours and observe natures industry. A secondary access gate is located further up the highway from the main entrance.

Rights and covenants

The sporting rights are owned and included in the sale.


As the large amount of growing timber matures it could be sustainably harvested as a domestic wood fuel source; this would also encourage a greater diversity of trees and flora to flourish in the space and light created.

An overnight camping stay is an attractive proposition, facilitating wildlife watching at the prime times of dusk and dawn.

Local area and history

The woods at Dilston were formerly part of the estate of the Radcliffes of nearby Dilston Hall. Now serving as a much more useful specialist 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 Devils water, a lively tributary of the River Tyne.

The name Stola was chosen for the wood as recognition of the strong Roman influences in the area. A stola was the traditional garment of Roman women, corresponding to the toga, that was worn by men.

Stola Wood is part of a larger area of woodland which runs down to the River Tyne. The Tyne is considered to be England's best salmon river which 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.

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. 87
  • Grid ref: NY 965 614
  • Nearest post code: NE45 5RL
  • GPS coordinates: 54.9481, -2.05471

Location map


Stola Wood is about ½ hr west of Newcastle just south of Corbridge and 4 miles south-east of Hexham.

Satnav/GPS note; the postcode NE45 5RL is for the point shown by the red dot on the location map. Coordinates for gate is N 54 : 56 : 53 & W 2 : 03 : 17

Click here for Directions From Bing Maps enter your own postcode, (Stola Wood coordinates are already entered) and click on the blue "Get Directions" box. This will take you to the parking area by the entrance.

Or follow our directions;

• 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, signposted 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 signposted Blanchland.

• Go under the power line, the Dilston Woodlands are now on your left.

  • Turn 1st left at the sign for Blanchland and Slaley. Stola Wood entrance is immediately on the left.

• Please park safely off the public road in the layby on the opposite side of the road and continue on foot.

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

Please note this wood is owned by woodlands.co.uk.

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. Woodland Investment Management Ltd hereby give notice under section 21 of the Estate Agents Act 1979 of their interest in the land being sold.

An attractive, dense, naturally regenerated woodland within easy reach of Carlisle to the west and Newcastle to the east

Managed by David and Sarah Alty

Telephone: 07795 104 594

Email: [email protected]