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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.

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?

5 Stars 5 Stars

wonderful place. Just listen to the birds

Anonymous, 8/Nov/2013
5 Stars 5 Stars

Beautiful area, well laid out, excellent facilities. Knowledgable guide form the RSPB explaining and asnwering any questions on the falcons, having made available telescopes so you can view them on the rock face a little distance away. Will happily bring my young family back here again. The ladies in the log cabin are stars in their own right. Good size mugs of tea and the cakes are magnificent.

4472 Flying Scotsman, 25/Jun/2013
4 Stars 4 Stars

We visited Symonds Yat today and had a whale of a time. The woods are beautiful and the views were excellent, however I have to agree about the problem the previous poster mentioned with the red trail. We followed it up through the woods after the turning off for the River Wye walk and after about 15mins we came to a junction which had signposts for the blue trail and the yellow public footpath but could not see any for red. To the right was a gate which led to the road and to the left was an unmarked track. We decided to double back j ourselves and walk the route in reverse. Not good. The Forestry Commission really need ensure red markers are placed at all points at which paths cross. Luckily, myself and my fiance are experienced walkers but inexperienced walkers could find this situation really distressing. At one point there was a marker on the right hand side of the path pointing to the left. It just made no sense- it should have been on the left!

Louise, 8/Jun/2013
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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 schedulaed 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

Get directions

Contact

West England District
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01594 833057
westengland@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
8am - 7.30pm
Parking
Cars and minibuses:
3.50 Mar - Oct
3.00 Nov - Feb
Coaches:
10 year round
Discovery Pass
25 cars
Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification certifiedForest Stewardship Council certified