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Explore Marlborough Woodlands
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 5/5)

Mum and toddler walking with the dog in the forest.This area consists of Savernake Forest and some of its outliers, the two significant ones being West Woods and Collingbourne.

All are old woods which are predominantly broadleaf and in particular oak, sweet chestnut and beech.  The Forestry Commission has a long-term lease on the main block of Savernake Forest.

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Is there an area where target shooting is allowed with an air rifle?

Anonymous, 21/Jul/2016

I am afraid that this activity is not permitted in any of our woodlands.

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How do I get info of where I can walk /ride before I visit the site without downloading an app. I do not have a smart phone - as others on low incomes might not either> I do not see this info on the website for West Woods.

Janice Bridger, 3/May/2016

West woods has a hard, surfaced track that you can walk as well as an easy access waymarked trail from the car park. There are also many smaller tracks and bridle ways. We will send you a map of the woodland which has the various tracks marked on. Thank you.

Forestry Commission Response

Marlborough and surrounding areas look so lovely, and wonder are walkers with their dog, permitted in the woods and forest?

Elaine Langham, 30/Jan/2016

Yes, Savernake Forest is a private estate but with public access and you are welcome to walk your dog there. However,we would like to advise you that in some areas of the forest the Savernake Estate shooting parties have signs asking owners to keep dogs on leads. We hope this is helpful and that you enjoy your walk.

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Last updated: 25th November 2016

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OS Grid ref: SU198679
Postcode: SN8

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