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Savernake Forest, Marlborough

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Forest Nature / Park
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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TripAdvisor
  • Parked by a lovely, grassy area with picnic tables and then walked for four and a half hours and saw no one after first 20 minutes! The ancient trees were so awe inspiring, and there were many more th...  more »
  • Great sites to have picnic.... Well looked after routes, even when it rains the trees will give you cover.... Bikes are good here for easy riding and exploring... Great for dogs I've never had issues ...  more »
  • 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.  more »
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  • A restfull place you can take your caravan there for adventure and fun ,not far from Marlborough town.
  • Lovely walking was nice and muddy
  • It is a beautiful old forest with several registered old trees.