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Symonds Yat

Explore Symonds Yat Rock
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 4/5)

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.

Stargazing trail

Follow the Stargazing trail around Symonds Yat and learn about exploring the night sky.  The trail can be found on the Symonds Yat trail by following the black and white arrows.

Beginners stargazing guide

A ‘Beginners guide to stargazing’ in the forest will be available on the website for visitors to download. The guide includes more information on where to go, top tips, constellations to spot and some fun activities. The guide can be downloaded by visitors for free by signing up at www.forestry.gov.uk/stargazing-guide from w/c 9 Jan.

Winter star map:

The winter star map provides some easy constellations to look for while gazing up at the night skies.  The map can be downloaded from www.forestry.gov.uk/stargazing.

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. Cash only please.

Cafe opening times:
January:  Weekends only 10am-3.30pm
February – Feb half term:  Weekends only 10am-3.30pm
Feb half term - April:  Weekdays 10am-3pm.  Weekends 10am-4.30pm
May - September:  Weekdays 10am-5pm.  Weekends 10am-5.30pm

All times are weather permitting.

 

What do other visitors say?

Are dogs welcome?

Anonymous, 5/Feb/2017

Yes, we welcome dogs on all our sites. Please ensure they are kept under close control, or on a lead, and that all dog mess is cleared up afterwards!

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

May I have the Postcode for Symonds Yat Rock Car Park please for my SAt Nav

Richard, 6/Aug/2016

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

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

Fantastic tea and cakes 😀 Great service too

Vickie and o, 16/Jul/2016
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Last updated: 10th January 2017

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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
    Please bring the correct change for the P&D machine as there is no credit card facility. Thank you.
  • 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

Get directions

Contact

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

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Open by 8am daily. Closing times:
Nov- Feb 5.00pm
March 6.30pm
April 8pm
May - Aug 9pm
Sept 7.30pm
Oct 6.30pm
Parking
Cars and minibuses:
3.50 Mar - Oct
3.00 Nov - Feb
Coaches:
10 year round
Please bring the correct change for the P&D machine as there is no credit card facility. Thank you.
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