Savernake Forest, Marlborough, Wiltshire
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 to drive slowly as the road surface is poor. There are many places where you could stop and park off the road in order to explore further on foot.
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.
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 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 very heavy and we ended up soaked. We walked back to our car along this path which had turned into a small stream because of the unusual amount of rain.
This is a very 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.