Loach Wood - Sold

Details for this wood

Guide price: £46,000 - Freehold
Size: About 4½ acres

Location: High Beeches, Brantridge, Handcross, Crawley, West Sussex
OS Landranger: 187
Grid ref: TQ 277 302
Nearest post code: RH17 6JX

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

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Description  So often in the south east of England, signs of Victorian enthusiasm for landscaping endure, here old paths long overgrown wind through the woods, damming of the the ghyll (valley with stream)and tributaries to create large ponds could not be resisted. The same features which made this wood attractive to the Vistorians appeal to us now. The stream runs down the whole north east boundary now unconstrained by any impounding, tumbling over hard rock, lingering in small pools.  

Loach Wood has 3 distinct areas; to the south the regular well-spaced pine over open ground occupied by ferns and bracken contrasts with the birch and rhododentron covering the slope down to the stream. Further north an area planted with oak of about 25 years gives way to birch, sweet chestnut and alder from track boundary to the stream. The birch is straight and tall and could be thinned to provide a continuous supply of firewood.

On the ground the seed heads of the extensive bluebells will be seen, animals paths wander through these where deer make their way down to the stream to drink.   

The wood is classified as PAWS, plantation on ancient woodland site and is in the High Weald AONB.

Local area This part of West Sussex is very well-wooded. Loach Wood is tucked within the large woodland area of Blackfold, Denchcombe, Harrys, Carroty and Cow Woods. Nearby High Beeches Gardens is well worth a visit. The National Trust's Nymans Gardens and the fine country houses, Ditton Place and Brantridge Park are also close. Once part of a large estate the woods and nearby gardens were set out by the Loders, a family well know in plant collecting circles.

Boundaries These are shown by red markings on free-standing posts and on boundary trees. To the north west  the boundary is the centre of the stream, along the south there is an old fence line, on the south eastern side the boundary is 3 metres from the track centre. A line of posts marks the northern and southern boundaries.

Sporting rights Are included.

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.

These particulars are for guidance only and, though believed to be correct, do not form part of any contract. Giant Games Ltd hereby give notice under section 21 of the Estate Agents Act 1979 of their interest in the land being sold.

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Our Maps


Loach Wood is about 5 miles south of Crawley, just off the A23 due east of Handcross.

Click here for Bing Maps Directions enter your own postcode, entrance coordinates are already entered and click on the blue "Go" box. This will take you to the track entrance off High Beeches Lane, between the two brick pillers.

For Satnav: the nearest postcode is RH17 6JX as shown by the red dot on the maps and the coordinates are: N 5 1. 0 6 3 6 8 5 and W 0 . 1 7 7 3 6 7 - they work really well in a satnav N51:03:49 W0:10:39

Heading south along the M23 go past J11, the road then becomes the A23(T)

  • take the next slip road signed Handcross B2110 / B2114
  • at the roundabout take 2nd left, (straight on) signed Handcross
  • at the next roundabout turn left, signed to Turners Hill and High Beeches B2110 - High Beeches Lane
  • after about ½ mile look out for the sign to The High Beeches Gardens
  • then take the 2nd entrance on the right after the gardens entrance into the Old Flour Mill, now offices for a software company
  • drive straight in between the 2 brick pillers, then bear left onto the old tarmac track
  • follow this track, pass the 'Private' signs
  • after almost ½ mile pull in on the right by the 'Woodlands For Sale' sign
  • park in the open area and walk down the track - take the left fork then the right fork
  • continue down this track until the name sign will be seen marking the start of Loach Wood. 

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.