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Symonds Yat

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

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. Cash only please.

Cafe opening times:

September - October:  Week Days 10am-4pm.  Weekends  10am-4.30pm
November:  Weekends only 10am-4pm.
December: Closed
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 Stars 5 Stars

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.

Kenneth Newton, 17/May/2016

Is the car par suitable for a 6.5m Motorhome?

Steve, 19/Apr/2016

The car park will be ok - you will need to park in coach space so get there early if in holidays. Car park is Pay and Display so bring change. NO OVERNIGHT stays permitted but Bracelands campsite is nearby. WARNING : you will NOT be able to drive any further down towards Symonds Yat East than the car park as the road becomes EXTREMELY narrow and bendy!

Forestry Commission Response

Query: I am bringing a coach party on the afternoon of 13 July - do I have to book a coach parking place?

Rosalind Lowe, 23/Feb/2016

Please email Westengland@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

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Last updated: 12th May 2016

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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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