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Families enjoying a picnic at Postern hill. Savernake forest. Forest of Dean

Postern Hill is a large site set amongst mature oak trees. There is ample parking and a large open grassy area with picnic tables and areas for 'bring your own' BBQ's.

Large round timber stumps have replaced the bbq's, please place your disposable bbq's on these to avoid burning benches, tables or grass.

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Hi, we went for a 6 mile lovely walk today but parking at postern hill was a problem as the barrier was down so no cars could access the car park. There were no signs explaining why. Is this a regular occurance please? We travelled from winchester and want to go again but we are worried about parking if friends come too.


Anonymous, 3/Jan/2017

We are pleased that you enjoyed your walk and apologise that you had trouble parking. In order to retain the private nature of the forest and prevent it being adopted as a public highway, we are obligated to close the forest to vehicles for one day a year. Now this is done the car park will be open as per usual. We hope you return and have a lovely visit with friends.

Forestry Commission Response


1. What are the parking charges to stay there and do a long walk? 2. Do you still close the gate at 7pm during the Autumn?-(October)

3. Is there a map available with a route to talk to see the best autumn colours on the trees in Savernake Forest?

Anonymous, 16/Oct/2016

Good morning, Parking at Postern Hill is free of charge. From the end of October we will no longer close the barrier at 7pm. There is no Autumn specific map, though there is now a map board at Postern Hill which shows you some of the main trails and some of the more special and well known trees. We hope you enjoy your visit Thanks

Forestry Commission Response

Having read some of the posts on your website am I right in thinking there is now a car park at the postern hill picnic site?

Anonymous, 14/Aug/2016

Parking is not permitted on the grass areas and this is now closed off with logs. There is however still a car park at Postern Hill and parking is permitted on the hard surfaces and in the bays provided. Thank you

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What's Here?

  • Parking
  • Picnic
  • Walking
  • Toliets
  • toilets are closed in the winter months
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OS Grid ref: SU198679
Postcode: SN8 4ND

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0300 067 4800

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Opening Times:
8am - 7pm

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