Devon TQ11 Buckfastleigh

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    Features at a glance

    • Extensive upland heathland and blanket bog
    • Highest point on Southern Dartmoor
    • Extensive upland grazing
    • Incredible views across Dartmoor and to the coast
    • Natural springs and the head of the River Mardle
    • Significant natural capital opportunities including peatland restoration
    • Significant archaeological features
    • Subject to common grazing rights

    Extensive & environmentally significant farmland within Dartmoor National Park

    Lot 1 of 3.

    Lot 1 – Buckfastleigh Moor

    About 722 acres (292 ha)

    Including most of Buckfastleigh Moor and three high peaks with extensive views across the region including over swathes of Dartmoor and South Devon and to the coast along the Dart Valley. Ryder’s Hill (515m) marks the north western corner of the moor and is the highest point in Southern Dartmoor. It has what is believed to be a prehistoric cairn, a trig point and a pair of boundary marker stones. From here the ridgeline runs south east across peatland bogs towards Snowdon (495m) and along to Pupers Hill (467m) where there are rocky outcrops and cairns and a significant Bronze Age reave. The moor slopes generally down and eastwards from the ridgeline and high peaks, with various historic hut enclosures and reaves across the area. The River Mardle rises at around 430m above sea level, within a shallow valley along the northern boundary. The river marks the northern boundary of lot 1 as it twists & turns down to Chalk Ford (around 240m above sea level) which is a icturesque river crossing with a small glade and a footbridge (and public bridleway). Chalk Ford is one of the two accesses to Lot 1 and is accessed along a stone track, forming the ancient drift-way from the village of Scoriton, where there is a pub. A second access to Lot 1 is available at Lud Gate (pronounced ‘Lyd Gate’) in the south eastern corner, where the public highway gives way to a stone track and up onto the moor. This access will also be used and shared with the owner of Lot 2 if sold separately. Boundaries on the moor are occasionally marked with historic boundary stones, and otherwise are believed to follow ground features such as old reaves and banks. The moor is almost entirely unfenced. Lot 1 is entirely designated as a SSSI and Special Area of Conservation (SAC). On the higher ground the soil is shown as predominantly blanket bog (deep peaty soils), with shallow peaty soils on lower ground. The land is subject to common grazing rights, meaning the grazing is shared.

    General Matters

    Method of sale: The property is offered for sale as a whole or in up to three lots by private treaty. Tenure: The property is sold freehold subject to commoners grazing rights. Services: No services are connected. There are natural water supplies within each lot. Outgoings / Rates: None. Access: Lot 1 is accessed via stone tracks at Lud Gate and at Chalk Ford. Access is otherwise available on foot or on horseback across other areas of the moor. Wayleaves, easements and rights of way: The Dartmoor Commons Act (1985) provides a right of access on foot and horseback for members of the public to common land including this property. In addition, the public has a right of access on foot across the property under the Countryside & Rights of Way Act 2000 (CRoW). There is a public bridleway between Lud Gate & Chalk Ford. The property is being sold subject to and with the benefit of all rights including; rights of way, whether public or private, light, support, drainage, water and electricity supplies and other rights and obligations, easements and quasi-easements and restrictive covenants and all existing and proposed wayleaves for masts, pylons, stays, cables, drains, water and gas and other pipes whether referred to in these particulars or not. Basic Payment: The entitlements to the Basic Payment are not included in the sale. Plans, Areas & Boundaries: any representation by the owner or agent is indicative only and should not be relied upon without clarification from a legal advisor. Schemes: The land is entered into a Higher Level Stewardship scheme ending November 2023. The purchaser will be deemed to have full knowledge of the scheme(s) and will take it on and comply with the scheme from completion if necessary. The vendor will retain any HLS payments payable up to completion. Whilst a new scheme is not compulsory, it is envisaged the new owner will have the opportunity to enter the land into a new scheme if they choose. Designations: National Park, Special Area of Conservation, Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) Sporting, timber and mineral rights: All sporting timber and mineral rights are included in the freehold sale, in so far as they are owned. Covenants and/or restrictions: There are restrictions / covenants listed on the Land Registry Title deed, details of which will be made available by the vendor’s solicitors on request. Local authority: South Hams District Council (01803 861234). VAT: Any guide price quoted or discussed is exclusive of VAT. In the event that a sale of the property, or any part of it, or any right attached to it, becomes a chargeable supply for the purposes of VAT, such tax will be payable in addition. Health and safety: Given the potential hazards of the moor including livestock and a remote location, we ask you to be as vigilant as possible when making your inspection for your own personal safety and to have appropriate clothing, footwear and provisions at all times. Always inform someone of your visit to the property for safety reasons. Viewings: Viewings are to be arranged by appointment with the agent, Strutt & Parker in Exeter 01392 229 408 or London 020 7629 7282.

    This property has 722 acres of land.


    Situation Buckfastleigh Moor is located in south Dartmoor, one of the last great wildernesses in the UK with an inspirational landscape of heather clad moors and rugged tors. The property itself is in open countryside about 3 miles from the market town of Buckfastleigh and 25 miles from the two regional cities, Exeter & Plymouth. The A38 dual carriageway (4 miles) provides excellent accessibility to the area which is popular with tourists due to an abundance of visitor attractions and prime natural landscapes including the moor, as well as the Devon coast and the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Buckfastleigh Moor is however, in a more secluded and less visited part of the moor.

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    Access at Lyd Gate: ///lake.necklaces.slept Access at Chalk Ford: ///skater.monks.cement

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