Lower Davis Wood — Near Barnstaple, Devon Approx 23.3 acres

Loca­tion: Stoke Rivers, near Barn­sta­ple, Devon
Area: 23.3 acres approx
Price: £95,000

This wood­land is sit­u­ated in a very quiet val­ley close to the mar­ket town of Barn­sta­ple.  There are a diverse range of wood­land types, with some ancient mixed oak wood­land, a small area of mature larch due for har­vest­ing, wet­land river­side wood­land, and more open areas of old meadow and sec­ondary wood­land.  Tracks have recently been installed through the wood­land, giv­ing good access.   The main access is from a minor road lead­ing to the vil­lage of Stoke Rivers, although a byway also passes the main north­ern entrance.

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From North Devon Link Road
•     At the first round­about approach­ing Barn­sta­ple from the east, turn right on the A39, signed Barn­sta­ple and Lyn­ton.
•    Con­tinue through two small round­about towards the town cen­tre.  At third round­about turn right, signed town cen­tre, Ifra­combe and Lyn­ton.
•    Turn right again at next round­about, signed Braun­ton, Ifra­combe and Lyn­ton (still A39).
•    Take the right hand lane and turn right at the next set of traf­fic lights, signed Goodleigh and Brat­ton Flem­ing
•    Fol­low this road for three miles, along the Yeo river val­ley, until you come to a right hand turn, by Chelfham School and a large rail­way viaduct.  Turn right here.
•    The wood­land entrance is 600 metres on the right, next to a small yard and just before a steep hill.
•    Fol­low the main track through the wood­land until you reach a sec­ond gate and the byway.  The main wood is beyond the byway.

Near­est rail­way sta­tion: Barn­sta­ple 5 miles

Maps of Woodland

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Loca­tion Map


Lower Davis Wood is a mix­ture of older broadleaves and hazel, with some small areas of planted larch.  The far end of the wood­land is classed as ancient semi-natural wood­land, although there are plenty of mature oak and ash trees in the north­ern sec­tor as well.  There is a more open area in the cen­tre of the wood­land, which has been grazed in the past, but is now cov­ered in young scrub and bracken.  A small com­part­ment of mature larch is present, with other larch trees scat­tered else­where in the wood.  A stream runs all along the west­ern boundary.

A new track sys­tem was installed dur­ing 2014, giv­ing good access to all parts of the wood.  The sale of the wood will include nearly 800 metres of access track lead­ing to the wood, so access is avail­able from either the byway, or from the pub­lic high­way to the vil­lage of Stoke Rivers.  The title includes rights to tem­porar­ily store tim­ber at the stoned park­ing and tim­ber area close to this road.

The wood­land boasts a wide range of spring flow­ers, includ­ing prim­roses, blue­bells, wood anemone and wild gar­lic.  Red deer are fre­quent vis­i­tors and there is an long-established bad­ger sett in the woodland.

Ongo­ing Management

A local fire­wood mer­chant is clear­ing tim­ber and bushes cut as part of the track instal­la­tion.  Our cur­rent plan is to har­vest the larch dur­ing 2015, and replant the main com­part­ment with a mix­ture of native broadleaved trees.  How­ever, this can be var­ied at the request of a pur­chaser, if required.  Longer term the more open cen­tral area of the wood has a num­ber of options, which include leav­ing to grad­u­ally con­vert to wood­land, clear­ing and replant­ing or con­vert­ing some of the area back to grazed or mown meadow.


Free­hold, reg­is­tered land.  Sport­ing rights are held by the League Against Cruel Sports.  Any deer or squir­rel man­age­ment arrange­ments have to be agreed in advance with the League.

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The Local Area

The near­est town is Barn­sta­ple, a busy mar­ket town with a range of facil­i­ties.
Also within easy reach are the pop­u­lar beach resorts of Woola­combe and Morthoe, with Ilfa­combe a lit­tle fur­ther away.  Chelfham Woods are close to the east­ern parts of Exmoor National Park, with the National Trust’s Arling­ton Court a pop­u­lar destination.


Chelfham Station

Chelfham Rail­way Station


Woola­combe  © copy­right Ron Strutt


Arling­ton Court © copy­right Peter Kazmier­czak



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