SOLD: Coed Wharley £55,000 Freehold


The larger woodlands known as Allt yr Hendre and Allt y Coomb (either side of the river) of which Coed Wharley is a part, are a patchwork of different categories of Ancient Woodland. Coed Wharley is made up of three of these categories; Ancient Semi Natural Woodland, Ancient Woodland Site of Unknown Category and Restored Ancient Woodland Site, along with an area of uncategorised woodland on the western bank of the river. Owning an ancient woodland doesn't bring any specified obligations of stewardship with it, but one would hope that in the knowledge that these valuable areas of woodland are ever decreasing, new owners would nurture and manage Coed Wharley appropriately, ensuring that it flourishes into the future.

Coed Wharley sits at valley bottom, extending along both sides of the river which bisects the woodland on a north-south axis. The valley sides, moderately sloping along the north eastern side of the woodland where the entrance to Coed Wharley is sited, become steeper towards its southern point and along the western side, up towards the shared access track. The ground flattens at valley bottom and there are ample level areas along both eastern and western banks of the steam. The stream loops and meanders through Coed Wharley creating all sorts of interesting nooks and shingley banks.

Crossing to the western bank the land slopes gently from the river bank up to the access track which forms Wharley's western boundary. In the south western quarter of the woodland there is a stand of well spaced Douglas fir extending down to rivers edge. It is dryer underfoot on this side of the stream.

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.


Coed Wharley is majority broadleaf with some lovely mature specimens of oak, beech and some ash and alder which grow in plenty of space along valley bottom. At understorey there is a quantity of holly interspersed with some hazel throughout, and towards the southern end on the eastern side of the wood some areas of rhodedendron which should be kept under control. Spring will bring carpets of wildflowers; the foliage of oxalis, and the lesser Celandine seen throughout, along with a great variety of ferns enjoying both the wetter environment of the eastern bank and the drier western side.

The southwestern quarter of the wood is predominantly Douglas fir, again well spaced, reverting to broadleaf again as you travel north where the canopy opens up and there is a quantity of bramble and scrub at ground level. There would be the opportunity to restore this area to native woodland if the conifer was harvested once grown to maturity.


The varied habitats of the surrounding area; hedgerows and pasture land along with the mudflats and estuary, and Allt y Hendre's Ancient Woodland status result in a richness of wildlife, some quite rare. Local wildlife recordings have made note of Lesser and Greater Horseshoe bats (not commonly seen these days) attracted to the wooded valleys, and Golden plover are drawn to the mud flats of the Taf Estuary. Other coastal birds such as sandpipers, ringed plovers and egrets can be seen and heard at the mouths of the Twyi and Taf, and red kite are frequently seen circling overhead.


Central to Coed Wharley is the river, dividing the woodland in half from north to south before it runs on, out of the woodland to finally join the Afon Taf just a mile or two west of the woods. It cuts a winding route through the woodland providing exciting nooks and corners for small woodlanders to paddle in and explore as well as attracting and sustaining bird and wildlife.

Access, tracks and footpaths

The main entrance is accessed directly off a minor public road. There is a large level area here for shared parking (please do not obstruct for other woodland owners) and for use as a temporary timber stacking area while undertaking woodland management, as long as access is maintained for other woodland owners at all times.

From the main gate, the access track to Coed Wharley is level, but soft in parts and only suitable for four wheel drive.

Shared access tracks form the full length of both east and west boundaries. The western track is only accessible by fording the stream and we would recommend this track is only suitable for four wheel drive vehicles and preferably in dry weather.

There is no public access through Coed Wharley itself but a public footpath does run through the larger woodland to the north of Coed Wharley.


A great spot for family camping, with its proximity to the coast and the many coastal pursuits on offer including boating, fishing, foraging and the great beaches of the Carmarthenshire coast. The public footpath which crosses the woodland just north of Coed Wharley connects with the Wales Coast Path close to the banks of the River Taf, ultimately providing 870 miles of fabulous walking along the entirety of Wales' beautiful and diverse coastline!

The Towy Boat Club is approximately a mile away on the River Twyi, approximately half a mile north of Llansteffan on the B4312 for anyone who wishes to sail, canoe or go fishing (in season) for the famous sewin (sea trout) in season.

Local area and history

The villages of Llansteffan and Laugharne are both a short distance, with their interesting respective histories, castles and fantastic beaches.

In Laugharne, you can visit Dylan Thomas' former home, The Boathouse, now a museum, and his writing shed perched looking out across the River Taf.

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. 159
  • Grid ref: SN 332 140
  • Nearest post code: SA33 5HR
  • GPS coordinates: 51.801, -4.42

Location map


From the M4 continue on the A48 to Carmarthen.

Follow signs to the A40 and take the A40 (west) towards St Clears for approximately 5 miles.

Take the left turn signposted to Llangynog (3rd exit) at Bancyfelin.

Continue along this road into and through the village of Llangynog.

After exiting Llangynog, after about 1/3 of a mile, you will see ahead of you the abandoned building of the Wern Inn opposite, as the road bends fairly sharply to the left. Continue along this road and follow it as it then bends to the right (do not take the left fork) and then continue as it takes you into woodland.

After approximately half a mile, keep an eye out for a wooden gate on your right, with a Woodlands for Sale sign. Pull in here carefully and continue on foot.

Follow the track to the left for a short distance until you see the wooden name board for Coed Wharley with a Woodlands for Sale sign on the right hand side of the track.

The main entrance gate where you park:

Coordinates: 51.805168,-4.418602

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The entrance to Coed Wharley:

Coordinates: 51.801740,-4.419655

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How we support our buyers

Membership of the small woodland owners’ group

£300 for a woodland course of your choice

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.

A river runs through it.....right through the middle of this Ancient woodland, a mix of broadleaf and conifer in a lovely coastal location.

Managed by Tamsin and Matt Brown

Telephone: 07956 256101

Telephone: 07950 379533

Email: [email protected]