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The old Forest of Savernake is derived from ancient wood pasture management, and has many veteran trees.  The forest extends to 1100 hectares (2750 acres) most of which is classified as a Special Site of Scientific Interest (SSSI) as well as being registered as an important historic park.

One of the oldest trees is the Big Bellied Oak which is very noticeable on the side of the A346 road, south of Cadley.  There are many other old and named trees in Savernake, a guide is available to purchase from the Postern Hill Campsite.

Since 1939 the majority of the woodland has been managed by the Forestry Commission with the freehold retained by the Savernake Estate.

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My mother is currently wheelchair bound but I would like to take her for a walk in the woods. Please could you advise if this suitable and if so, where I should look to go / park?

Anonymous, 7/Apr/2016

Thank you for your email. If you park at the Postern Hill car park then you can access the forest direct from here. We will send you a map accross to show which tracks are the best surfaced.

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Is wild camping allow in savernake forest.

Joe, 15/Mar/2016

Thank you for your email. I am afraid camping is restricted to the official campsite at postern Hill.

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Can you please tell me about the arboretum within the forest? It's magical. Would love to know it's history.

Deborah , 26/Oct/2015

The Savernake Forest Arboretum was started by one of the first foresters in Savernake who worked in the area from 1938/9 to the early 1950s. We know that he planted 3 Cluster Oaks in the Arboretum amongst other trees and that this collection has been added to by subsequent Foresters.We are currently working with our Savernake Volunteer group to clear around some of the trees and to put in new posts and name plaques. It is likely we will do some planting in due course. We are glad that you enjoy this area so much. If you would like to get involved, please contact us at

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What's Here?

  • Parking
  • Picnic
  • Walking
  • Toliets
  • Barbeque
  • 10 bbq sites are available on a first come, first served basis.
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OS Grid ref: SU198679
Postcode: SN8

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