Savernake Forest is an ancient woodland stretching south from the historic town of Marlborough in Wiltshire. Savernake is the only privately owned forest in Britain, with a history going back to at least the 10th century. The forest boasts a wonderful array of ancient oak trees, including the Big Belly Oak, thought to be over 1,100 years old, and the Cathedral Oak, a relative newcomer at just 1,000 years old.

The deciduous woodlands are split by long 'rides', avenues laid out hundreds of years ago by the Marquis of Ailesbury, owner of Tottenham House, which stands outside the southern boundary of the woodland.

Our family has enjoyed several visits to the forest. We timed our most recent visit to coincide with the height of the autumn colours. With its mix of oak, birch, and beech trees, Savernake Forest is an ideal place for an autumn walk.

We're lucky enough to live just under one hour away by car, so when the last Sunday in October dawned bright and sunny we piled into the car and drove to the forest, where we enjoyed a wonderful walk along woodland trails bursting with vividly-coloured yellow, gold, and red leaves.

Here are some of my favourite photos from that walk. This is more of a 'photo essay' rather than our usual 'what's it like to visit' attraction articles. If you want to learn more about the forest, its history, ghost stories, royal connections, what to see, and visiting information, read the Savernake Forest article in our Wiltshire guide.

White Road Oak
The White Road Oak

Autumn leaves, White Road
Autumn leaves, White Road

Tree branches like a sculpture on Grey Road
Tree branches like a sculpture on Grey Road

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Great Lodge Drive
Great Lodge Drive

Another view of Great Lodge Drive
Another view of Great Lodge Drive

Grand Avenue
Grand Avenue

Colourful autumn leaves on Grand Avenue
Colourful autumn leaves on Grand Avenue

The forest floor near Cathedral Oak
The forest floor near Cathedral Oak

A quiet forest path
A quiet forest path

An autumn oak on Great Lodge Drive
An autumn oak on Great Lodge Drive

Reds and golds on White Road
Reds and golds on White Road

Gorgeous colours, White Road
Gorgeous colours, White Road

More vivid autumn colours on White Road
More vivid autumn colours on White Road

An ancient oak near Long Harry Road
An ancient oak near Long Harry Road

Eight Walks - the meeting place of 8 forest rides
Eight Walks - the meeting place of 8 forest rides

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