Hardle Wood - Sold

Details for this wood

Guide price: £39,000 - Freehold
Size: Almost 4 acres

Location: West Stow, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
OS Landranger: 155
Grid ref: TL 824 699
Nearest post code: IP28 6DY

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

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Hardle, also spelt Hurdle, is the 18th Century name for the water mill sat on a small spit of land (chimney-like) by the river Lark and is now more often called Chimney Mill.  At that time Hardle Wood was more likely to have been oak and birch with open areas of heather, typical of the Brecklands.  Now, several tree generations of trees later, pine is the main species with sycamore, birch, oak and sweet chestnut. The entrance at the ride-stop leads into the heart of the wood, a sunny open area where management and craft operations can be centred, alternatively it's a perfect spot for relaxation.  The light sandy soil is ideal for year-round use yet 2 metres down the ground water is ever present to stop any summer drought slowing the trees' growth.

Access is over grassed tracks either from the main double gates or from the entrance just 100m to the south.

Nearby, an indication of local populations from early history can be seen from the West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village, more recent history is linked with Culford Hall and Park, at one time Hardle Wood was integral with the park and has a Historic Park designation.  It is also in a Conservation Area, for any application for felling trees this should be mentioned on the Forestry Commission form.

Boundaries  Are indicated by red markings on trees and posts and are, northwest: the line of posts, southwest the roadside, southeast the line of posts and northeast 3 metres from the track centre.

Mineral Rights  Are retained by a previous owner but these cannot be exercised without the owner of Hardle Wood's agreement.

Sporting Rights  Are in hand and included.

Access  Is off the public highway from the main entrance with the double gates (A) and from the additional entrance (B)  along the forest tracks shown green on the plans. A full right of way with the shared maintenance according to the use made. 

Covenant  The purchasers of this woodland will be asked to enter into a covenant to ensure the quiet and peaceful enjoyment of this and adjoining woodlands. Click here for details.

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Hardle Wood lies about 5 miles north of Bury St Edmunds, 12 miles south of Thetford and little over 30 mins from Cambridge within easy reach of the A12, A14 and M11.

Click here for Bing Maps Directions enter your own postcode, (the coordinates for the main entrance gates are already entered) and click on the blue "Go" box. This will take you to the parking by the double gates.

For Satnav: the nearest postcode is IP28 6DY as shown by the red dot on the maps. Coordinates are:  N52.293442, E0.679182

  • From the A14 at Bury St Edmunds head for the Fornhams
  • at Fornham St Genevieve take the B1106 towards Culford and Thetford
  • fork left signed West Stow, the wood entrance is about ½ mile on the right through the double wooden gates
  • park to one side

walk round the gates follow the track, then take the left track - walk down this until seeing the entrance and wood signs on the left with red marking.


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.