Otter Wood, near Halfway, Powys

Details for this wood

Guide price: £49,495 - Leasehold
Size: 9.5 acres

Location: Near Halfway, Llandovery, Powys
OS Landranger: 160
Grid ref: SN 845 322
Nearest post code: LD3 8RH

Contact: Sandra Colley
Phone: 07388 057 446
Email: [email protected]

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Description: With a beautiful valleyside setting, Otter Wood is a mixed woodland including ash, oak, western red cedar and red oak. Set in the Brecon Beacons National Park, the woodland has a tributary of the River Towy on one boundary. Otter wood has three quite different areas.

To the North of Otter Wood towards the river boundary (the Afon Gwydderig, which joins the Afon Bran and then the Afon Tywi in Llandovery) there are some old stands of hazel coppice with some mature ash and oak trees. There are plenty of young trees growing well here which could produce a new crop of hazel and ash which could be coppiced for 'green wood' activities and wood fuel. Along the river there are many boulders and stepping stones. Some of the wildlife that can be seen along the river are Kingfishers, Reed Warblers and Mallards.

Along the main track leading through Otter Wood there is an impressive area of mature Western Red Cedar on both sides of the track. In this area of the woodland, Raven, Buzzards and Owls can be seen and heard in the tree canopy. Although in this area there are parts that are quite steep, due to the dense canopy there is little ground vegetation, which therefore means it is accessible and also creates the potential to build some woodland steps to ease access into the wood and down to the river.

The third area is towards the North west of the wood which is thriving with natural regeneration. Some of the trees found here include, oak, ash, hazel, rowan and holly. There are many traditional song birds along with other animals such as badgers and foxes.

The wood is held on a very long lease (over 900 years to run!) at a nominal ground rent (about £1 year). The soil is a rich red in which both conifers and hardwoods flourish.

Access: Otter Wood is accessed by a right of way from a minor road just off the A40. The track is driveable with a four wheel drive vehicle right to the far end of Otter Wood, but alternatively there is a parking area inside the main gate, just off the road. There have been some ground works done at Otter Wood to help accessibility to different areas of the wood. Near the Northern boundary there is a large hard standing area which could be used as a turning circle or an area for woodland activities.

From this turning circle there is a track that leads to the West, up to the top of the wood. Here is a level area which is private and secluded which would be ideal for observing the wildlife or for picnics and camping.

There is a track that leads East from the turning circle which leads to two further hard standing areas down near the river. There is plenty of stone in Otter Wood which is easily accessible should the new owners wish to carry out further ground work.

Boundaries: The river forms the whole of the northern/north eastern boundary. The eastern boundary is marked by a line of stakes, separating Otter Wood from adjacent woodland. On the western boundary there is a robust stock fence which is maintained by the woodland owner.

Sporting rights: Although the shooting rights remain with the freeholder, they are not exercised, and to the best of our knowledge have not been for many, many years.

Mineral rights: This lease does not include the mineral rights, but these could only be taken by underground working, which seems unlikely in a National Park/Geopark.

Covenant: in common with the woodland to the south, there is a covenant designed to ensure that all can have quiet and peaceful enjoyment of their woodland.

Local area: The woodland is on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, and the Fforest Fawr Geopark. There is a Roman road and several Roman forts and camps nearby. The whole of the Brecon Beacons National Park is an International Dark Sky Reserve. In 2012 the park became the first in Wales to win the designation, and only the fifth in the world.

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Directions

Otter Wood is on the south side of the A40 between Llandovery and Sennybridge, just east of Halfway. Look out for our 'For Sale' sign by the bridge. Turn in here and park in the entrance. Once you have parked, climb over the metal gate and follow the woodland track until you reach a 'ride stop' which marks the entrance to Otter Wood.

  • Postcode for Satnav:      LD3 8RH
  • Coordinates for Satnav: 51.971519,-3.6773739​ (entrance gate)

If navigating with a satnav using the postcode, note that the postcode is on a minor road just off the A40, so stay on the A40 and look for the bridge.

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.

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