This walk through one of the most beautiful ancient woodlands in Britain is approximately 2.5 miles long and lasts for about 3 hours. Most of the walk is on good paths but stout shoes are recommended. Unfortunately these paths are not suitable for mobility scooters, but I do have a 75min slideshow available for any groups that are unable to manage the terrain.
I try to keep numbers to about 20 people so please send a message if you wish to join me.
I will be talking about the trees, undergrowth and fungi that we see; their names, past medicinal uses, their history and folklore.
Starting from the milestone on the A346, OS map reference214654 or the nearest postcode SN8 4NE we will walk along Charcoal Burners Lane for one kilometre before turning north along 12 O'clock drive for about 700 metres to the King Oak where we will turn left and follow Postwives Walk past the Queen Oak until we meet Charcoal Burners Lane once more and thence back to the A346.
This is not a foraging walk as such as the Savernake Estate is trying to promote biodiversity throughout the forest, however no such restrictions apply to most hedgerows and many patches of woodland. It is important to respect other people's property and landowners livelihoods at all times. Similarly dogs are welcome but must be kept under control especially during the breeding season.