Swinhopeburn Wood - Sold

Details for this wood

Guide price: £60,000 - Freehold
Size: About 15⅓ acres

Location: By Glenwhelt at Westgate in Weardale, Co Durham
OS Landranger: 92
Grid ref: NY 906 370
Nearest post code: DL13 1NX

Contact: Ben Williamson
Phone: 07958 213 914
Email: [email protected]

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Description    A very attractive valley woodland with fast flowing stream and waterfalls situated within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The site once formed a part of Stanhope Park, a medieval Deer Park of the Bishops of Durham.
More recently a conifer plantation, the present owner has, over the last 15 years, felled the majority of the area and replanted with broadleaf trees, creating conditions in which native woodland plants can thrive.

This tranquil woodland has the Swinhope Burn running through its centre. The Burn contains a small waterfall above a pool in which trout can usually be found. Conifers were planted on the site in the late 1970's but during the last 15 years more than 4 hectares have been cleared and either replanted with broadleaf or left to regenerate naturally. A number of mature and other trees including ash, rowan, birch, alder, willow and bird cherry predate
the replanting.
Conifer felling has revealed an extensive ground flora which includes numerous ancient woodland indicator plants. This has resulted in most of the wood being classified as a Planted Ancient Woodland Site (PAWS). Situated in an area important for Black grouse, the woodland has an interesting and varied bird list; both this and the plant list are available on request. The site has provided records of water vole, and signs of otter. A fish pass constructed around 1970 below the wood now allows sea trout up the burn to spawning grounds further upstream.

The dry stone wall on the west side of the property follows the line of the boundary of the medieval deerpark, Stanhope Park, which was set up by Bishop Bek some time before 1300.
The wall is set on the top of an inwardly sloping bank (which is still visible) in order to restrict deer from leaving the park. A recent archaeological study of the area found cairn/barrows, probable burnt mounds and a medieval charcoal pit in fields adjacent to the wood.
The site provides a wonderful opportunity to continue the conservation work already carried out and will undoubtedly appeal to a buyer with a strong interest in conservation and natural history.

Woodland Grants  The woodland is still within the maintenance period for grants with the Forestry Commission and the North Peniines AONB. Details available on request.

Downloads     Plant list   Bird list  Miscellaneous list

Access   The woodland has rights to vehicular access from both sides of the valley; pedestrian access is normally across the field from Glenwhelt Farm to the west of the site, with parking on the verge above Glenwhelt on the minor road from Newbiggin in Teesdale to the A689.
There are no developed paths within the woodland but access throughout is not difficult.

Boundaries  The western boundary comprises a dry stone wall which was refurbished in the 1990's. It is surmounted by a wall topping wire on posts. The remainder of the boundaries are post and wire fences. There are watergates at both the southern and a northern boundaries.


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Swinhopeburn Wood is about a mile south of Westgate, within an hour of Durham and about ½ an hour from Barnard Castle. Stanhope is 10 mins west of the wood.

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 a roadside space on the minor road from Westgate to Newbiggin. Park at the roadside just north of the farm.

For Satnav: the nearest postcode is DL13 1NX as shown by the red dot on the maps.This will take you to Genwhelt Farm.


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.