Lyde Wood - Sold

Details for this wood

Guide price: £54,000 - Freehold
Size: About 5½ acres

Location: East Moor, Old Basing, near Basingstoke, Hants
OS Landranger: 186
Grid ref: SU 685 524
Nearest post code: RG24 7LJ

Contact: Bob Liles
Phone: 07793 140 010
Email: [email protected]

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Description  Lyde Wood with almost 200 metres of river frontage on the upper reaches of the river Lyde is a wildlife gem. Polaroid glasses will greatly help with seeing any fish in the river; it's typical of fast flowing Hampshire streams and is reputed to contain wild brown trout. In spring quiet observation of the river will see fry in shoals breaking the surface, and 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.

Firewood is plentiful and on the ground there are rush, sedge, iris, grasses, dogs mercury and the more robust wood spurge. Wetter areas alternate with dryer higher ground in the centre and along the river bank. Poplar is a good firewood although must be kept dry once seasoned.

About 40 years ago several shallow ponds were formed to attract winter wildfowl for shooting. Since then the wood has grown up with alder as the main species now some 30 feet high. With these are silver birch, ash and some oak. Hazel is also present. Large poplars look down on the alder and as the wind blows they emit a typical rustling sound with a thousand leaves oscillating in the breeze. The shallow water in the pond is ideal heron-feeding habitat and along the eastern boundary 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. 

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 mauve markings on free standing posts and on boundary trees. They are as follows: along the western side a line of free-standing posts; to the north it's the centre of the River Lyde; along the eastern side the boundary is (from the south) the track edge - then free standing posts - then the low bank with bankside trees marked in mauve up to a point where a small stream enters the river.

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 Lyde Wood.

Access   From Greywell Road the byway leads down to the main gate and from here there is a private right of way as far as the entrance to Lyde Wood. Vehicles may be parked in the open area just before the entrance and in dryer weather they can be taken as far as the wood.

Our Maps (Click on a map to see a large version)

Our Maps


Lyde 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.
  • Walk straight ahead along the earth track and the entrance to Lyde Wood will be seen on the left.




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.

We hereby give notice under section 21 of the Estate Agents Act 1979 of interest in the land being sold.