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Strolling through Savernake

LOCALITY: Marlborough, Wiltshire
DISTANCE: 2 miles (3.22 km)
FACILITIES: Circular route, Parking, Suitable for wheelchairs, Toilets

GRADIENT: Mostly flat
OS MAP: Marlborough & Savernake Forest

Walk description:

From Marlborough head towards Burbage on the A436. After approximately half a mile you will come across Postern Hill on your left. Look out for the brown tourist signs and large green sign for the forest.

As you take the turning you will see that the road veering to the left takes you to the camping site. You are going to go straight on to the parking areas (SU 198679) There are plenty of places to park.

This walk starts by the information board and the toilet facilities.

Make your way down the main track through the forest past the picnic/BBQ areas and main open grassland.

The path starts as tarmac but quickly changes to a woodland terrain (mud, compacted stones and twigs). At certain times of the year the path can be quite muddy and the foresters vehicles can cause ruts in the path. This did not cause me an issue, even with a standard pushchair - you just need to leave the path slightly and go around them.

After approximately half a mile you will come across a green barrier, usually this is closed, however if felling is taking place this will be left open. Go around the barrier and then turn right.

Walk down this road which is called White Road Oak. After a quarter of a mile you will come across a sign with the name of the road and then a turning on the right. There is a very large log at the start of the path which you will need to walk around. Turn right down this path and you will then find yourself back at the Postern Hill car park, opposite the information board and toilets.

Additional notes:

Although I have suggested the above as a route, there are hundreds of possible routes in the forest and there is nothing stopping the more adventurous walkers from exploring.

Most of the tracks within the forest are quite accessible if you have a sturdy buggy, but as above it can get a bit muddy if there has been a lot of rainfall.

There is a great picnic and bar-q-que area.

There are basic toilets facilities, including one for disabled visitors.

This is a fantastic place to take your dogs also as they can run and explore to their hearts content! There are plenty of birds and squirrels to spot if you are taking young children or toddlers with you.

The barriers to the parking area come down at 7pm.

04/09/2007 | Walk posted by Marie Houlden

Walks With Buggies User Reviews

A lovely Forest walk

19/03/2009 | Reviewed by cathy nettley

This was a lovely walk through the forest. It was slightly muddy in places, but it was still easy to do with a
pushchair. Well worth a visit.