Savernake Forest

Starting from Postern Hill Car Park this circular route explore much of the beautiful forest including several of the named oaks and the arboretum.

Technical sheet
No. 3216288
A Wiltshire walk posted on 14/05/20 by Willow Gentian. Update : 18/05/20
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h05[?]
Distance Distance : 6.62km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 69m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 68m
Highest point Highest point : 201m
Lowest point Lowest point : 153m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Wiltshire
Starting point Starting point : N 51.410834° / W 1.715539°
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Cathedral Oak


(D/A) Postern Hill Car Park. Walk along the tarmac track from the car park to find Bumble Oak, with a Forestry England map of the forest opposite. Facing the map, take a track setting off from the left of it. Follow the broad track. Reaching a crossroads turn left.

(1) Almost immediately see White Road Oak. Continue to another crossroads and turn right. The track goes down and up, passing straight on over a junction. As it curves left, look out for and take a small path to the right on Long Harry path. This brings you to Saddle Oak 2.

(2) Where Long Harry path split, turn right down a narrower path. At the fork at the bottom, bear right and come into the open and take the path straight on. Enter woods and turn left at T junction. Almost immediately, go straight on up a narrow path. Very soon, turn right at T junction by a barbed wire fence. soon turn left at a fork and keep near the fence on left.

(3) As the fence turns left, look to the right to see True Braydon Oak. Continue downhill on the path and reach a gate with a field straight ahead. Head towards this and take 2nd left turn near the fence.

(4) This leads to the Arboretum area with many international trees. Do explore but return to a central path through and come out onto Grand Avenue. Turn left. At hill bottom, turn right onto a grassy path. Go through a gate and immediately turn left. Keep straight on.

(5) After a fallen tree on left, look left to see Surveyed Oak, 2 minutes walk from the path. Continue on the path and when you hear traffic on the nearby A4 very close, look out on the left for a narrow path. This path goes uphill and up and down over little earthworks. Soon reach Grand Avenue again. Go straight over onto a path dropping downhill. At crossroads at the bottom, turn right onto a broad grassy path. Go straight over first crossroads and right at the next.

(6) Very soon see Old Paunchy on the left. Continue uphill to a gate onto a broad unsurfaced track. Turn left then almost immediately right onto a narrow path.

(7) Lookout on the right for Cathedral Oak. No name sign, but you cannot miss it as it has a huge trunk and is the oldest tree here. C.1500 years. Continue until you reach a grassy area. Take a few paces forward and turn left to soon join a broad track. Turn right Follow the track curving to the left to bring you back to Bumble Oak and the car park.(D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 200m - Postern Hill Car Park
1 : km 0.73 - alt. 184m - White Road Oak
2 : km 1.78 - alt. 172m - Split
3 : km 2.45 - alt. 175m - True Braydon Oak
4 : km 2.82 - alt. 169m - Arboretum
5 : km 3.84 - alt. 161m - Surveyed Oak
6 : km 5.2 - alt. 181m - Old Paunchy
7 : km 5.75 - alt. 191m - Cathedral Oak
D/A : km 6.62 - alt. 200m - Postern Hill Car Park

Useful Information

Boots recommended as parts can be muddy after rain.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

This is a beautiful ancient forest at any time of year.
Enjoy finding the named trees and enjoy the majestic trees in the arboretum.
Good place for a picnic.

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