Trip Planner Europe  /  UK  /  England  /  Wiltshire  /  Marlborough  /  Nature  /  Savernake Forest

Savernake Forest, Marlborough

Categories: Forests, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
3.6/5 based on 80 reviews on the web
Savernake Forest is on a Cretaceous chalk plateau between Marlborough and Great Bedwyn in Wiltshire, England. Its area is approximately 4500acre.It is privately owned by the Marquess of Ailesbury and his family, and is administered by trustees. Since 1939 the timber of the forest has been managed by the Forestry Commission on a 999-year lease. The private status of Savernake - Britain's only privately owned forest - is maintained by shutting the forest to the public one day per year.Savernake's landform is one of rolling downland dissected by both dry and wet valleys. The valleys within the forest, of which there are four, are all dry valleys, and the presence of Cretaceous deposits of Clay-with-Flints creates the damp heavy soils suited to dense cover of oak and beech. There are patches of poor drainage and wet soil.A short history of the forest and its wardensFirst mention of a woodland "Safernoc" was made in AD 934 in the written records of the Saxon king Athelstan, but the land passed into Norman ownership soon after the Norman invasion of 1066.The royal forest established in the 12th century covered an area of some 150sqmi; it extended to the villages of East Kennett, Inkpen and the Collingbournes (west, east and south) while the River Kennet formed its northern limit. Savernake Forest was not continuously wooded: Royal forests were a mixture of woodland, copses, common land and rough pasture.
Make Savernake Forest part of your personalized Marlborough itinerary using our Marlborough trip generator.
Create a full itinerary - for free!
going to
read all reviews »
  • I have been at this campsite for 2 very enjoyable years but recently the management has changed mid season. My first meeting with the new management was aggressive to say the least. He came marching u...  read more »
  • This is a fantastic forest for, walking, running, tree climbing, cycling alone tracks, cycling off tracks for kids, rope swings, football on uneven ground, frisbee, pick-nicks, dog walking, deer spott...  read more »
  • We have been several times in the past and thought we would try it again.We were very disappointed there seems to be an awful lot of permanent residential now and it seems the pitches in the sun are t...  read more »
Nearby Attractions
Visit for 1​h 30​m
Visit for 1​h 30​m
Visit for 2​h 30​m
Visit for 1​h 30​m
Visit for 1​h 30​m
Visit for 1​h 30​m
Visit for 3​h