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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?

Is the forest cycling car free and suitable for younger cyclists who are good but not ready for the roads

Laura, 20/Apr/2017

The Grand Avenue of the forest is open to traffic and you will get regular cars access this. However, the forest paths are closed to traffic and are find for younger cyclists. You can park at Postern Hill where there are toilets and from here you can access several suitable paths.

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Sounds a lovely location. We are a couple who enjoy a gently cycle ride, is the Grand Avenue open to the public to cycle along?

Tim Griffin, 10/Apr/2017

Yes the Grand Avenue is open for the public to access by car, bike or on foot. We hope you enjoy your cycle

Forestry Commission Response

I am planning to come to the Forest when the bluebells are around where is the best place for taking photographs?

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Jeff

Anonymous, 30/Mar/2017

A fantastic place to see bluebells is West woods which is a Forestry Commission woodland also in Marlborough. There are lots of wonderful places to view the bluebells including the easy access walking trail. https://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/englandwiltshiremarlboroughwoodlandswestwoods We hope you enjoy your visit!

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Last updated: 6th April 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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Location

OS Grid ref: SU198679
Postcode: SN8

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