Cowclose and Cockshot Woods with Little Kipley Plantation - Sold

Details for this wood

Guide price: £99,000 - Freehold
Size: About 42 acres

Location: Housing Lane, Medolmsley, Durham
OS Landranger: 88
Grid ref: NZ 133 543 (NZ 122 544 entrance)
Nearest post code: DH8 6TL

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

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Description   A good sizeable woodland combining attractive amenity and conservation features with good commercial attributes. Clothing the valleyside almost all of the woodland has access to South Burn, a clean and fast flowing tributary of the River Derwent. Apart from the smaller Kipley Plantation all of the woodland is either ancient semi-natural  (ASNW) or plantation on ancient woodland (PAWS) with a high conservation status.

Kipley Plantation is almost pure mid-rotation Norway spruce, Cockshot and Cowclose have recently thinned mature Norway spruce, in other areas birch and oak with ash, beech, sycamore and alder making this an attractive diverse woodland. Flanking the stream the steep valleyside soon give way to largely flat areas above, perfect for woodland activities in addition to the growing of trees.

A description of the local landscape can be seen in Natural England's Natural Character Area assessment by clicking here.  The aerial photos show a mosaic of pasture lands in the upper areas with woodland in the valleys and the woods here are set below the surrounding fields resulting in a sheltered site.

Medolmesley, a pleasant village with good local Inns, whose placename  probably originating from “middlemost clearing” or “Maethhelm’s clearing is essentially an old mining and quarrying settlement. Coal underlies most of the area and has been mined up until the 1970's, indeed the are three drifts within the wood - horizontal access tunnels rather than shafts so perfectly safe.

Access   From the public road there is a good solid farm track (Housing Lane) up to the entrance gate - shown in brown. The additional right of way over that shown mauve is for forestry use.  Internally a solid track runs along the upper part of Cowclose, over a culvert then an earth track runs back to the main entrance. In the other direction a track runs alongside the stream in Cockshot Wood.

Other uses    The particular layout of these woods lend themselves to other uses apart from timber production, conservation and amenity. Four-wheel drive vehicle testing, training and trialling is very popular, as are air-soft and paintballling. Forest schooling, outward bound and bushcraft training would be ideal at this location. Some activities could be permitted development while others might need planning permission, please discuss you ideas with Bob Liles.

Sporting rights  Are included and are not let. These woods have considerable sporting potential and a good shoot could be established here.

Commercial potential  If run as a business operation then after 2 years the wood could be eligible for 100% Inheritance Tax Relief, purchasers should obtain advice from their accountants to discuss this significant financial advantage.

Mapping   Download and print a larger map of the wood and its access - click here 

Note In some browsers to see the OS map in Bing Maps under Location Maps below you will need to zoom out several stages. Another view of the wood can be seen using the Ordnance Survey's online mapping - just add the DH8 6TL postcode.

Note There is a locked gate at the woodland entrance, please climb carefully over the gate for access. The buyer will be provided with the key.




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Cowclose, Cockshot and Little Kipley Woods are about 3 miles north of Consett, 15 miles northwest of Durham and 12 miles southeast of Newcastle and Gateshead.

1.  Click here for Bing Maps Directions enter your own postcode, (the coordinates for the Housing Lane entrance are already entered) and click on the blue "Go" box. 

2.  For Satnav: the nearest postcode is DH8 6TL as shown by the red dot on the maps. Coordinates are N 54.884733, W 1.810076

3.  Locate Medolmsley on your maps, head for the centre

  • If travelling from the southwest go past the church (on the left) and the school and on the right is a parking area, the start of Housing Lane.
  • From the north east after the 'Medolmsely' village sign Housing Lane is the second left turning.

Park here and walk down the track as on the plan, the wood stretches out to the right in the valley below. Note about ¾ of the way down (shown by arrow) turn right rather than going straight!

The metal entrance has a 'for sale' sign displayed. Climb with care and enter the woods.



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.