Forestry Commission logo
Savenake Forest Slide Savenake Forest Slide

Explore Savernake
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.8/5)

Colour rating today: going yellow going yellow

Feel good this autumn with activity sheets, forest trails and our mindfulness guide.

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?

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.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

We stopped off at the campsite Postern Hill, for a couple of days , on our way home from Wales. As we have a dog we thought the Forest would be lovely for some walks before continuing our journey. We were not disappointed, it's a beautiful place and we will definitely be back to stay for a longer visit. Yes there is a bit of dog poo, I do pick my dogs up, but I have been to places where it is a lot worse . Also people have to remember that it is a forest and as such has deer, foxes , badgers, rabbits and other wild animals & birds all dropping their poo about. So just go prepared with some wipes and plastic bags for a clean up if necessary. I certainly would not let it spoil my visit.

Anonymous, 26/Jul/2017
1 Star 1 Star

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.

Forestry Commission Response
More user comments

Please tell us about your visit

Please email us at if you have an enquiry, a complaint or would like a personal reply to your comments.

Email addresses will not be shown

Last updated: 17th September 2017

Help us take care of your forest

Get the latest news, information & offers

What's Here?

  • Parking
  • Picnic
  • Walking
  • Toliets
  • Barbeque
  • 10 bbq sites are available on a first come, first served basis.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: SU198679
Postcode: SN8

Get directions


West England District
0300 067 4800

Related documents

Family activities

Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification certifiedForest Stewardship Council certified

England's Woods and Forests are cared for by Forest Enterprise England, an agency of the Forestry Commission.