Tottiford Wood – More­ton­ham­stead, Dart­moor, Devon 15 acres

Location: More­ton­ham­stead, Dart­moor, Devon
Area: 15 acres
Price: £90,000

Please note that this wood is now sold, subject to contract.

 

This is an exceptional woodland, hidden in one of the most tranquil parts of the Dartmoor National Park. It is an ancient woodland, believed to have been woodland continuously since the last ice age. The wood is a diverse mix of native trees and shrubs, including hazel, oak and silver birch. A good track runs through the length of the wood, with a glade at the end.

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Directions

Take care, as this is not the easiest site to find, but you will be rewarded when you get there.

From A38 / the south.
At the main Chudleigh exit, turn off the A38, north along the B3193, signed to Trusham Quarry. Take the first left after the quarry, a narrow lane signposted to Hennock. Take the first right after quarter of a mile and pass through Teign Village, and continue through to Hennock. In Hennock you will come to a steep T junction; bear right here and follow the road around to the left out of the village. Take the next right after a quarter of a mile and follow this lane down the hill. Tottiford Wood is at the bottom of the hill, with a new wooden gate set back on the left.

From Moretonhampstead / the north
Leave Moretonhampstead on the B3212, signed for Exeter. The road winds down a valley and then up the side, with numerous sharp bends. At the brow of the hill there is a small crossroads, with two turning to the right. Take the first of these, signed to Tottiford Reservoir. Follow this country lane for about three miles, when the road opens slightly, with a car park for Trenchard Reservoir and a turning off to the left. Take this turning, which is effectively straight on, and follow around for quarter of a mile. As the lane turns to the left, between two reservoirs, take a right turn, nd follow around, with Tottiford Reservoir on the left. At the next junction, turn right, and follow for half a mile. You pass a mature conifer wood on the left, and as the lane crosses a stream at the bottom you come to the entrance to Tottiford Wood on your right.

Nearest railway station: Newton Abbot (13 miles), Exeter (15 miles).

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Description

Tottiford Wood is an ancient woodland, believed to have been woodland continuously since the last ice age. It is situated in a sheltered valley on the southern side of Dartmoor, and area of tall hedges and narrow country lanes.

The wood is a diverse mix of native trees and shrubs, including hazel, oak, ash and silver birch, with some beech and sycamore also present. A stream runs along the north and east boundaries. The western boundary is marked by the second of two low stone hedge banks, which may once have provided access to the stream for farm stock grazing on higher ground. The southern boundary is marked by a line of timber fence posts. There are numerous outcrops of granite throughout the wood, typical of the immediate area and the open moorland.

There has been little recent management of the wood, although we have improved the access track, and worked hard to eliminate two areas of Japanese Knotweed. There is a clearer strip on the upper slopes, where a mains water pipe was laid about five years ago by South West Water. There has been a limited amount of windblow, which can be either left to provide a natural deadwood habitat or cleared to provide a good supply of firewood.

The understorey is quite open, with regular deer grazing, predominantly red deer, but also roe. In spring the wood is a carpet of bluebells, with bracken dominating the understory later in the year. Other ancient woodland indicator species present include Wood Anemone, Small Cow-wheat and Dog’s Mercury.

Title

Freehold. Registered land. Includes all sporting rights.

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The Local Area

South east Dartmoor is an area of sheltered valleys, woodland and stone hedge banks, rather than the more familiar open heather moors. Nearby are several small reservoirs, with plenty of local walks to choose from.

The small town of Moretonhampstead is nearby. It was previously an important market town for the moor, and remains a thriving local centre with shops, pubs and restaurant. You are also near many pretty postcard Dartmoor villages, including Lustleigh and North Bovey, or the open moors and tors can provide a challenge for the more energetic. One of the best locations we have been able to offer for one of our woods.

Tottiford Reservoir

Tottiford Reservoir © copy­right Derek Harper

Tottiford

Moretonhampstead © copy­right Natalia A McKenzie

The nearby village of Lustleigh © copy­right Martin Bodman

Castle Drogo, National Trust © copy­right David P Howard

Easdon Tor © copy­right Richard Knights

Links

http://www.discoverdartmoor.co.uk/
http://www.dartmoor-npa.gov.uk/
http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-vh/w-visits/w-findaplace/w-castledrogo/
http://www.swlakestrust.org.uk/lakes-and-facilities
http://www.devonwildlifetrust.org/

 

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