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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.

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Dog muck city.


Why are dogs allowed and not one seen on a lead.

A danger to helath, humans and disturbing wildlife!

Anonymous, 8/Jul/2017

We do not insist that dogs are kept on the lead but we do ask that they are kept under control and a lead used where appropriate. We also ask that people clear up after their dogs. We have regular litter collections on site.

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Spoilt by the huge amount of dog faeces everywhere. Would be great for families if dogs were excluded, but can't recommend because of the health risk.

Darren, 18/May/2017

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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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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OS Grid ref: SU198679
Postcode: SN8

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