Savernake Forest, Marlborough, Wiltshire. Location map
 
  View of Grand Avenue, Savernake Forest, Marlborough, Wiltshire (Wilts), England   Savernake Forest, Marlborough.

This is a view of Grand Avenue which starts on the A4 east of Marlborough and goes right through the forest to an unclassified road at the other end. You can return to the A4 by turning left at the other end or go onto the A338 by turning right. The entrance to Grand Avenue on the A4 is not signed and so is not easy to find.

When driving along Grand Avenue you are advised not to drive too fast as the condition of the road in places leaves a lot to be desired. There are many places where you could stop and park off the road in order to explore further on foot.

Enlarge Comment  
 
  Scene showing a large Oak tree, Savernake Forest, Marlborough, Wiltshire (Wilts), England   Savernake Forest, Marlborough, Wiltshire.

There are some positively huge trees in this forest of which this Oak (Quercus robur) is but one.

It is a good idea to carry an Ordnance map which shows the various tracks and paths otherwise you have a very good chance of ending up lost.

 

 

Enlarge Comment  
 
  View of a path, Savernake Forest, Marlborough, Wiltshire (Wilts), England   Savernake Forest, Marlborough.

We got to the forest by driving South-East out of Marlborough on the A338 and turned into the entrance to the Forestry Commissions Picnic Area which is very well signed and so is easy to spot.

Whilst walking in the forest a thunder storm crept up on us (it's not easy to see the sky) and the first we new of it was when we heard the thunder. The rain that followed was unusually heavy and we ended up soaked to the skin. We walked back to our car along this path which, by that time, had turned into a small stream because of the unusual amount of rain.

 

Enlarge Comment  
 
  Photograph of a large Sweet Chestnut, Savernake Forest, Marlborough, Wiltshire (Wilts), England   Savernake Forest, Marlborough.

This is a large Sweet Chestnut (Castanea sativa) by a very small path. Remember if you are going to wander around the various paths then take a map with you as suggested above.

 

Enlarge Comment