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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?

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rainy day walk through forest. Geocache along the way. Could not believe the number of old oaks. Beautiful forest tracks and glades. Question. Why were there so many dead oaks. Age ,disease or otherwise?

M logan, 10/Sep/2016

We are so glad you enjoyed your walk in the forest. We are not sure of the exact area you were walking in but we are aware we have quite a few standing dead Oak trees along some of the main rides. Some of the trees will have died simply due to age, some due to pests such as squirrels and fungal infection. We leave standing deadwood where it is safe to do so, because it provides such brilliant habitat for wildlife; such as birds (willow tits, woodpeckers) and saproxylic insects.

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5 Stars 5 Stars

A great forest however we went off in the daylight and got lost in the dark when it came we were in the rain and v lost and we didnt see a ranger in sight - maybe at night would be a good idea to look around the grounds for people who might be lost as if we werent calm and didnt use our sense of direction we would have been out there walking all night xx great forest though

Gail, 4/Sep/2016

We are pleased that you enjoyed your visit. We do have a recreation ranger for Savernake but there time is spread over various woodlands and Savernake is a large forest! A map can be found at Postern Hill car park. We have also send this person a map for future use.

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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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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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