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Symonds Yat

Explore Symonds Yat Rock
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.1/5)

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.

Fantastic forest 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.

Wonderful wildlife

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 and opening times.

What do other visitors say?

Would it be a good idea to have an address for this Symonds Yat Rock, perhaps a post code would help is it near the Dean Forest please?

Mr B J Dodd, 2/Jul/2015

GL16 7LZ

Forestry Commission Response

this place was rad. 9/10 would return.

Anonymous, 2/Jul/2015
3 Stars 3 Stars

We parked at Symonds Yat yesterday, bank holiday Monday, and enjoyed most of our trip.

However the loos were disgusting, hadn't been cleaned recently and there was no toilet paper in most of the ladies loos.

I realise the cafe may be a franchise but no one was bothering to remove the dirty trays from the picnic benches. A pity when the area is so beautiful.

Mary Leonard, 26/May/2015

We are so sorry to hear your comments, Bank Holiday was particularly busy as you were aware. Our rangers do visit all our sites throughout the day and they were very busy - these comments will be shown to the rangers and to the cafe manager.

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What's Here?

  • Viewpoint
  • Toliets
  • Cafe
  • open for most of the year, apart from December and January.
  • Horse riding
  • The stoned road network is suitable for riding.
  • Ancient Monuments
  • The Iron age hill fort is a scheduled ancient monument
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Cars and minibuses:
    3.50 Mar - Oct
    3.00 Nov - Feb
    Coaches:
    10 year round
  • Picnic
  • picnic tables by the cafe and in the main car park
  • Walking
  • Waymarked trails start at Symonds Yat Rock.
More about what's here

Location

OS Grid ref: SO564160

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Contact

West England District
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0300 067 4800
westengland@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
8am - 9pm
Parking
Cars and minibuses:
3.50 Mar - Oct
3.00 Nov - Feb
Coaches:
10 year round
Discovery Pass
25 cars
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