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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

Superb campsite, informal and spacious. Spotlessly clean toilets and washing up facilities. Friendly and helpful staff. Access to four thousand acres of beautiful forest directly from the campsite. (note, no showers)

Karen White, 8/Sep/2014
5 Stars 5 Stars

Probably the best campsite we have been on for years. Loads of space, loads of trees. Good cycling and walking area. All the local people we met were ever so friendly and helpful. We'll come again

shan baker, 18/Jul/2014
5 Stars 5 Stars

Are there any volunteering groups locally,to help with conservation of savernake and nearby woods?thanks.

Anonymous, 8/Apr/2014

We are just setting things up to try to get a local coservation group going for Savernake and outlying woods. Email : Savernakeforestvolunteers@outlook.com to register your interest and you will receive information when things are in place. Thank you.

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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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Location

OS Grid ref: SU198679
Postcode: SN8

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Contact

West England District
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0300 067 4800
westengland@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk
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