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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.

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

I stayed at the campsite for two nights last week during which time me and my dog walked many miles around the forest. The picnic area at the top is lovely with lots of flat grass areas to play with plenty of tables and benches. The forest itself was fab and despite the presence of two main roads either side, once you were "in" the forest all was quite and still. If I lived closer, I'd be there every day.

Garry Few, 15/Aug/2016

We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit and hope that you will return soon!

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5 Stars 5 Stars

Hello, just wondered if the Gruffalo sculpture was still in situ, and if it is where it is? Many thanks

lucy, 11/Aug/2016

Hello. I am afraid there is not a Gruffalo sculpture at Savernake Forest. Here is a link to which of the FC sites have a sculpture: Thank you

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1 Star 1 Star

Visited the picnic site at Postern Hill today to find the access road closed -can you tell me why and when it will re-open please

Chris Stone, 4/Aug/2016

The postern Hill car park has been closed for a few days for essential maintenance works to improve the surface. There are signs up in the area to notify people. The car park should be open again by Tuesday. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.

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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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West England District
0300 067 4800

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