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Savernake Forest, Marlborough

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Savernake Forest stands on a Cretaceous chalk plateau between Marlborough and Great Bedwyn in Wiltshire, England. Its area is approximately 4500acre.Most of the forest lies within the civil parish of Savernake. 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.GeographySavernake's landform is rolling downland, dissected by both dry and wet valleys. The valleys within the forest, of which there are four, are all dry, 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 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.
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  • August 8, 2017
    Went there for a few bike rides and thoroughly enjoyed it. A bit hilly but a lovely ride down Grand Avenue to Eight Walks. Also at the end of Column Ride is the Ailesbury Column, built in the 18th cen...  more »
  • July 26, 2017
    Severnake Forest is simply beautiful. It has areas of beautifully cut grass and areas that have been left more to nature. We built a 'den' from branches lying on the ground. There are some ropes hangi...  more »
  • July 11, 2017
    Savernake forest is a lovely place to visit with lots of nice walks , try to avoid bumping into the nut case of Savernake ( lord cardigan ) he will argue with his own shadow !! The forest also has a p...  more »
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  • Lovely place to walk the dogs - but they do need more 'doggy-do's' bins ;-)
  • Love coming here. Did all the time as a kid now I bring my children.
  • Great old forest with loads of walks, paths and picnic area at the postern hill campsite
  • A restfull place you can take your caravan there for adventure and fun ,not far from Marlborough town.
  • Lovely walking was nice and muddy

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