Gascon Wood

Details for this wood

Guide price: £56,000 - Freehold
Size: About 5⅓ acres

Location: Thorndon Cross, Okehampton, Devon
OS Landranger: 113
Grid ref: SX 512 928
Nearest post code: EX20 4NQ

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

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Before the woodlands were created, the land they now occupy were fields, part of Rixton Farm. Neighbouring farmers grazed their sheep and cattle here and one of them had a herd of Gascon cattle - a hardy breed originally from the French Pyrenees.

Sheep can still be seen in the fields immediately to the east [including a small flock of the rare breed Grey-faced Dartmoor], but the only grazing in the woodlands these days is carried out by the deer [roe and red] and the rabbits, which - together with foxes and badgers - form the majority of the woodland's four-legged inhabitants.

Approached along well made tracks all the way from the roadside and accessed via a private entrance gate along the northern boundary, Gascon Wood contains many varied habitats:

  • to the north a belt of conifers, mostly spruce. Planted around 18 - 20 years ago along the highest ground, these provide shelter
  • a central area of mixed broadleaves, again around 18 - 20 years old, including oak, ash and sweet chestnut. Also within this area there is a compact block of quite closely-spaced hazel - a great place to learn and practice coppicing skills
  • along the southern fringe, a copse dating back to an earlier time, with mature oaks and willow
  • to all four sides, mature hedge-banks which not only provide firewood and pea sticks etc [the hedges contain a lot of hazel] but also form vital corridors for wildlife and food and shelter for the many species of birds which visit the woods. And if you wish to coppice they offer the chance for a spot of hedge-laying too.

There is a stoned private parking area just inside the entrance gate and from here several broad tracks lead off into the woodland, making it a simple task to navigate your way around as you explore the wood.

There is a covenant click here to read designed to ensure that all can have quiet and peaceful enjoyment of their woodland.

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Viewing: You are welcome to visit this wood by yourself, but please ensure that you have a copy of these sales details with you - many of our woodlands do not have mobile phone reception or internet access so we recommend either printing the details or downloading them to your phone/tablet/laptop. Please take care when viewing as the great outdoors can contain unexpected hazards and woodlands are no exception.

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Gascon Wood is about 6 miles west of Okehampton.

For Satnav: the nearest postcode is EX20 4NQ as shown by the red dot on the maps. Coordinates for your satnav are N50.713548, W4.107762

Click here for Bing Maps Directions  enter your own postcode and click on the "Go" box. This will take you to the roadside gate where you can park. 

  • Park by the gate, taking care not to block the gateway (the buyer will be provided with a key for vehicular access)
  • To the left of the gate, (photo 10) go over the fence and cross the small footbridge over the ditch
  • Follow the stone track up through the woodlands, bearing left at the green container, to a point where it meets another track at a "T-junction" - around a 10-minute walk
  • Turn right and follow the track for a short distance (around 50 yards)
  • The private entrance gate for Gascon Wood is to your right.

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.

Interested in this woodland? Get in touch with us:

Contact Richard Scholfield on 07811 818 277 or use the form below