SOLD: Victus Wood £65,000 Freehold


Located in the heart of a larger mixed woodland, Victus Wood is populated by more or less equal proportion of Scots pine and Norway spruce. The maturing trees have risen high above the forest floor, resulting in pleasant and easy walking through the trees. To the north, a large level area of the wood gradually rises to the south, giving way to further level landscape. Heather, bilberry, gorse and sorrel abound with their culinary and medicinal secrets waiting to be unlocked. Holly, birch, and hawthorn complement the smaller flora, giving a well-balanced understorey and woodland floor.

Seasonal watercourses cross the landscape supporting their own unique ecology and adding to the diversity of the wood. Home to a variety of woodland loving birds, a patient observer will soon spot them and observe their busy lives. Many species have favourite feeding sites and transit routes. A sharp eye will soon spot squirrel feeding stools, buzzard pellets and roe deer trails.

The large amount of growing timber could be sustainably harvested for useful saw logs or domestic wood fuel. This would encourage a greater diversity of trees and flora to flourish in the space created. New planting of native broadleaves would be an easy way to add to the natural regeneration already underway.

An overnight camping stay is always an attractive proposition, facilitating wild life watching at the prime times of dusk and dawn. Well away from the main highway, this is a peaceful and restful place to be.

This region of Northumberland has very strong Roman connections. The wood name Victus, is taken from the Latin; meaning way of life, or that which gives or nourishes life. The wood itself sustains a great variety and quantity of wildlife. Becoming the guardian of such a wood and helping sustain its ecosystems, you can become a part of the whole and by doing so may sustain and enrich your own life.

The woods at Dilston were formerly part of the estate of the Radcliffes of nearby Dilston Hall. The hall was built to rival nearby 18th century mansions, but at the outbreak of the first Jacobite Rebellion 1715, and with a conviction for treason for supporting the rebellion and subsequent execution of the 3rd Earl in 1716, 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 and the ghost of the wife of the 3rd Earl, rumoured to haunt the castle.

Access: Is through a wooden field gate off a minor road, then along a common access track to a hard standing and turning area in the wood.

Surrounding Area: Victus 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.

Wood maps

Wood map


All four boundaries are marked with purple painted fence posts tops.

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 972 618
  • Nearest post code: NE45 5RL
  • GPS coordinates: 54.9517, -2.04433

Location map


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

For Satnav; the postcode NE45 5RL is for the point shown by the red dot on the location map. Coordinates for the gate are N54:56:55 W02:2:36.

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

Or follow these 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, 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 Dilston Woodlands are now on your left.
  • Turn 1st left at the sign for Blanchland and Slaley. Continue up the hill to the double gated main entrance on the left.
  • Please park safely off the public road next to the main entrance gate. Walk down the track to the bottom and turn right at the entrance to Eldrigg wood.
  • The clearly marked ridestop entrance to Victus wood is a short distance along on the left.

How we support our buyers

Membership of the small woodland owners’ group

£300 for a woodland course of your choice

Free copies of two woodland books

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, open pine and spruce woodland, situated within easy reach of the A69 and the market town of Hexham.

Managed by David and Sarah Alty

Telephone: 07795 104 594

Email: [email protected]