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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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I wonder if you could give me some advice regarding visiting the forest with my family as we used to come every year and use the barbecue fascilities but haven't done this for some time. I would like to be sure we can get a spot on Sunday 28th August so could you advise as to what time I should/ could arrive so that I am able to secure a position also what will I need to use the barbecue. If there is any other advice you can give I would be very grateful. Kind Regards. Dave

Dave Smart, 5/Jul/2016

Thank you for your message. We no longer have BBQ at Postern Hill. However, we do allow you to bring your own BBQ with you provided it is kept off of the ground and not on our picnic tables. We have around 18 picnic tables and many of them have Beech logs provided for you to place your BBQ on. I am sure that you can find a suitable spot for your BBQ. We simply ask that you take all litter home with you after you have enjoyed your day. Thank you

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We have had 2 lovely walks in Savernake Forest but are a little frustrated that we can't find The Spiral Oak ,The Cluster Oak or The Kneeling Oak ,please could you send us either a map or the grid references for these 3 outstanding trees,thanks so much Jane Barker.

jane barker, 30/May/2016

This person has been sent a map and grid references.

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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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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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