Admire the picturesque views of the River Wye and surrounding area from this internationally famous viewpoint. Discover the ancient hill fort, spot birds of prey and enjoy a snack from the log cabin cafe.
With spectacular views across the River Wye and the forest beyond, Symonds Yat Rock is a fabulous place to visit in autumn as the forest turns golden.
On the Autumn activity trail you can experience the spectacular sights and sounds of autumn, then head to your local woven woodland community canvas to make your mark with any natural materials you find on the forest floor.
Autumn activity trail
Our autumn activity trail is bursting with things to do, see, smell and touch as you explore the beauty of the forest with the family at this time of year. The Autumn trail can be followed on the Symonds Yat Trail from the Symonds Yat Rock car park.
The woven woodland is a 'community weave', where visitors can add in colourful autumn objects that they've found in the forest From pine cones to brightly coloured leaves. This can be found on the Autumn activity trail.
Autumn learning activity pack
Sign up for our free autumn learning activity pack to bring forest learning to life. Packed with fantastic activities, get your hands on this free activity pack for hours of forest fun.
Inside you'll find some great activities to bring the forests to life for your children: Hunt through the forests looking out for autumn minibeasts.
Make a mini woven woodland, or a leafy bookmark.
Play sound bingo and identify the wonderful sounds of the forest!
Design a leaf rainbow snake, an autumn bonfire picture, and blackberry art using the natural forest colour pallette.
The activity pack is available for visitors to download for free by signing up at www.forestry.gov.uk/autumn
On Saturday 1st October there is a running race starting and finishing at Symonds Yat Rock. Please be aware that parking spaces will be limited during the day and expect to see runners on the trails.
From Symonds Yat Rock there are waymarked trails linking to the Forest Holidays campsite, to the River Wye and a choice of circular walks into the forest itself.
Look out at the nearby cliffs to spot the nesting area of the Peregrine Falcons. You can enjoy watching the birds while they hunt and raise their young from April to August each year.
Ancient hill fort
The cliff top at Symonds Yat Rock provided a good vantage point for its Iron age inhabitants, who built a fort here 2,500 years ago. The site is now a scheduled ancient monument. Ongoing tree and vegetation management is designed to minimise damage to the old hillfort defences.
Log cabin cafe
Refreshments are provided by the 1950s built log cabin cafe, with a range of wholesome food including freshly made cakes, sandwiches and simple meals. Please note there is no inside seating area. Contact 01594 834479 for more details. Cash only please.
Cafe opening times:
September - October: Week Days 10am-4pm. Weekends 10am-4.30pm
November: Weekends only 10am-4pm.
New year’s Day: 10am-4pm
January: Weekends only 10am-3.30pm
February – Feb half term: Weekends only 10am-3.30pm
Feb half term - April: Week Days 10am-3pm. Weekends 10am-4.30pm
May - September: Week Days 10am-5pm. Weekends 10am-5.30pm
All times are weather permitting.
What do other visitors say?
5 StarsRichard, 6/Aug/2016
May I have the Postcode for Symonds Yat Rock Car Park please for my SAt Nav
Forestry Commission Response
We do not have a postcode as the site does not have a residential building but the OS Grid reference is SO564160. visit our website for directions www.forestry.gov.uk
5 StarsVickie and o, 16/Jul/2016
Fantastic tea and cakes 😀 Great service too
5 StarsKenneth Newton, 17/May/2016
Fantastic views, with the meandering river Wye below. Plenty of parking space. Well stocked cafe. It has everything. My favourite location. I live in Devon but its still a place I visit regularly.