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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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  • This is a perfect place to spend some time with the family and walk the dog. There are many different walks and you can discover hidden monuments and different species of trees deep into the forest. T...  more »
  • A charming old forest with lots of walks and opportunities to get off the beaten track.However a main road runs through the forest and this is very busy with speeding motorist's so beware dog owner's ...  more »
  • One for all nature lovers and easily accessing from the M4 or A4 roads but this is not for cars park up in the forest and just get walking...always something to admire with stunning natural colours th...  more »
  • 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.