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Symonds Yat

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

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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?

2 Stars 2 Stars

What a shame, long journey and v much looking forward to a quiet late evening view only to find foliage and bushes so large that there is in fact NO view to the river and we could have been anywhere! Very disappointed.

Jo , 15/Aug/2014

From Symonds Yat Rock itself the view is kept completely clear

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

wow what a brilliant place , great views , lovely RSPB people who had time to chat and let us look at the falcon through their scopes , saw a nuthatch 3 feet away , the cafe was also great with lovely staff, could hve stayed all day

ady, 30/Jun/2014

Thank you, we're really pleased you enjoyed Symonds Yat rock.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

Perfect

mike, 20/May/2014
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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

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