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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?

3 Stars 3 Stars

Why are there no dog poo bins in the car park? Doesn't help to encourage responsible dog ownership, hence a lot of discarded bags.

Anonymous, 11/Oct/2017

Placing dog poo bins in the car park not only costs to purchase and install but also to then have emptied on a regular basis. West woods remains a free entry woodland and we would encourage people to bag dog mess and take it home or where appropriate, in more remote areas of the woodland, 'stick and flick' is acceptable.

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Would it be possible for our group to ride through the forest on Monday 16th October 17.

We would arrive about 8.30 and then be finished approx 2.30p.m

I can give more details if required

Eileen Devenish Marlborough Riding for the Disabled, 25/Sep/2017

You are very welcome to come to Savernake forest to ride as long as you stick to the official bridlepaths. We hope you enjoy your visit!

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5 Stars 5 Stars

Lovely woods but yes quite a lot of dog mess. I always pick my dogs up. Also lots of used nappies and general rubbish left by lazy people. They should be ashamed to spoil such a lovely place.

Anonymous, 23/Aug/2017

We have a litter collection service which helps to clean up the main picnic areas three times each week.

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Last updated: 6th October 2017

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  • 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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