Cottus Wood, near Basingstoke, Hants - Sold

Details for this wood

Guide price: £53,000 - Freehold
Size: About 4½ acres

Location: East Moor, Old Basing, near Basingstoke, Hants
OS Landranger: 186
Grid ref: SU 684 525
Nearest post code: RG24 7LJ

Contact: Richard Scholfield
Phone: 07811 818 277
Email: [email protected]

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Description   With frontage to the River Lyde, a pond and its own stream, Cottus Wood is a wildlife gem. The wood is largely tall-grown alder accompanied by silver birch, ash, some oak and above them all are large poplars. Firewood is there in plenty and on the ground there are rush, sedge, iris, grasses, delicate violets, dogs mercury and the more robust wood spurge. Wetter areas in the interior alternate with dryer higher ground, especially around the pond and river bank.

The river Lyde is typical of Hampshire chalk streams and is reputed to contain wild brown trout. In spring quiet observation of the river will see fry in shoals breaking the surface, as the season progresses the now larger fish will be feeding on the abundant aquatic invertebrates such as caddis, mayfly nymphs, gammarus, blood worms and alder fly larvae etc.  Later in the season wildfowl will descend on the river including a host of mallard and teal. A description of the river Lyde and all it contains can be found HERE.

The shallow water in the pond is ideal heron feeding habitat and just 50 metres away is a large heronry with these birds nesting high in the neighbouring Norway spruce.

Some cleaning would be beneficial to maximise the pond's potential - removing some of the marginal trees to allow more light in and taking out some of the accumulated sediment.  The small tributary is ideal for messing about in a canoe and as a starting point to explore the river.

Nearby England's largest private house, the palace of the Marquess of Winchester, is now a ruin of Old Basing. Unfortunately the Marquess was on the wrong ‘side’ in the Civil War and Oliver Cromwell and his followers converted this large abode into the ruin it is today.

Boundaries   Are shown by orange markings on free standing posts and on boundary trees. They are: the centre of the River Lyde, the far side of the small stream on the western side of the wood; the line of stakes along the south and east sides.

Covenant  The purchasers of the woodland will be asked to enter into a covenant to ensure the quiet and peaceful enjoyment of this and adjoining woodlands, click HERE to read and download.

Full-scale maps  Click HERE to download and print a map showing the location of Cottus Wood.

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Cottus Wood is about 5 miles east of Basingstoke off the M3.

Click here for Bing Maps Directions enter your own postcode, entrance coordinates are already entered and click on the "Go" box. This will take you to the entrance to the track of Greywell Road, just before the motorway bridge. Use these coordinates in your SAT NAV to get to the same place. N51.264569  W1.027001

  • Use this postcode RG24 7LJ  in your SAT NAV, this will take you to Conkers Garden Centre off the A30 at the start of Greywell Road, continue along this road and just before the motorway bridge is a track on the left leading to the woodland. Park at the junction and walk down the track.
  • There is a red post at this point to help with parking identification
  • You will come to the new metal field gate with a For Sale sign, squeeze past and walk down this track.
  • Please note the buyer will be provided with a key for vehicular access.
  • Continue down this track by the field side, at the end you will enter woodland.
  • Bear left, go over the stream and follow the internal track as far as the open area - for parking and turning.. 
  • You will see the entrance to Cottus Wood on the left, with name sign and a For Sale sign.




Please note: the particulars with plans, maps, descriptions and measurements are for reference only and although carefully checked we cannot guarantee their accuracy and do not form part of any contract. Any intending purchasers must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise as to the correctness of these particulars.