Little Bray Wood, near Barnstaple, Devon

Details for this wood

Guide price: £28,000 - Freehold
Size: About 3¼ acres

Location: Bratton Fleming, Near Barnstaple, Devon
OS Landranger: 180
Grid ref: SS 631 378
Nearest post code: EX31 4SD

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

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Little Bray Wood is a beautiful mixed woodland near to the village of Bratton Fleming. The woodland is listed as ancient semi natural woodland on the government’s "magic" database. The woodland is accessed via an established forestry road and inside the wood there are good paths and tracks.

Predominantly oak, the woodland has a lower canopy of hazel, holly, birch and beech. This is a suitable mix to use for green woodwork, wildlife management and firewood.

Upon entering the wood, defined by a ride stop with a 'Little Bray Wood' name sign, you can follow the internal forestry track which sweeps its way through the towering oaks and ‘snickets’ of holly. You will meet an intersecting track in the middle and see that the track continues up to the top of the wood. This is an amazing spot as you are nearly level with the canopy of the lower trees and has good views through the trees in the winter. This would be a great place to build a small tree house for wildlife watching or for kids to enjoy. From the northern boundary there are also views of the remains of an ancient settlement that is shown on Ordnance Survey maps. Snaking along this boundary is an attractive old traditional dry stone wall.

Due to the variety of tree species and the length time it has been woodland, Little Bray Wood hosts a magnificent amount of flora and fauna. Ground flora such as bilberry and fern carpet the woodland. Holly provides berries for a variety of bird species and they are spoilt for food sources thanks to the years of dead leaf litter and standing deadwood which host its luxurious meal of grubs, beetles and many other insects.

Part of the beauty of this woodland is the playground for the budding botanist, ecologist or those with a general interest in wildlife. You can crawl around on the ground with a magnifying glass and insect identification book and create a long species list from your own woodland. With binoculars you can stay in the peaceful clearing, sit on the bench and spot bird species such as owls, buzzards, herons, tree creepers and perhaps the secretive woodcock.

The village of Bratton Fleming is situated about 7 miles north east of Barnstaple on a ridge extending from the foothills of Exmoor National Park. The village is approximately 3 miles from the park boundary and has the historic Church of St Peter, a pub and a busy shop within the village.

There are many archaeological features in the countryside surrounding the village including six separate groups of barrows within the parish of Bratton Fleming. These barrows are all Scheduled Ancient Monuments. North Thorne, is a deserted medieval village located to the north of Bratton Fleming and immediately south of Wistlandpound Reservoir. The former railway line between Barnstaple and Lynton passes to the north of the village.

The purchasers of the woodland will be asked to enter into a covenant to ensure the quiet and peaceful enjoyment of adjoining woodlands.

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Little Bray Wood is about 7 miles north east of Barnstaple and the North Devon link road.

For Satnav: the nearest postcode is EX31 4SD as shown by the red dot on the maps. Satnav coordinates are  N51.131569, W3.949150

Click here for Bing Maps Directions enter your own postcode, (the coordinates for the entrance gate is already entered) and click on the blue "Go" box. These directions can be printed out.


  • From Barnstaple town centre head north on the Goodleigh and Bratton Fleming road until you enter the village of Bratton Fleming.
  • Drive past the village shop on your right and take the left turn at White Hart cross ( just before the public house called The White Hart ) sign posted Button and Rye Park and towards the church.
  • Go past the church and the Primary school and continue down the hill.
  • Stay left on the road at the fork, signposted to Rye Park. Carry on down the hill, over an old bridge until you come to a sharp right hand corner ( about ½ mile from the primary school ) where you will see a gate on the road directly in front of you, at this point just in front of the gate to the left take a very narrow track,
  • proceed along this narrow track for about 300-400 metres and over a narrow bridge called Button Bridge,
  • about 25 metres passed the bridge you will see our entrance gate on the left.

Go through the gate, closing it behind you and you will see a wooden gate to your left with a 'Woodlands for sale' sign on it. This leads to Little Bray Wood. Here you can either park your vehicle on the hard-standing and walk to the wood ( about 700 metres) or call the agent to ask for the lock combination number. The track is suitable for 4 x 4 use and for cars, in the drier summer months.

Once through the wooden gate stay on the stone track, crossing the meadow and carry on through the wooded area, pass a track that dog legs back on your right, pass a field gate on your left, around a corner and on until the track forks up the hill to the right.

Take this right hand fork - there is a good parking place just at the bottom of this fork on the left - take this track and follow it up the hill, passing the entrance to Elwill Wood on your right, and about 50 metres along the track you will find the entrance to Little Bray Wood indicated with a ride stop with the 'Little Bray Wood' name sign and a small 'woodlands for sale' sign on it.

Be sure to explore the lower side of Little Bray Wood to the south of this entrance point. Follow the oak log lined path down to find a lovely camping spot where you can hear the sound of the flowing river.

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 Bob Liles on 07793 140 010 or use the form below