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Symonds Yat

Explore Symonds Yat Rock
(Average user rating: 3 unrated 2.5/5)

Colour rating today: turning golden turning golden

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?

4 Stars 4 Stars

This'll get you close:

5150′53″N 238′35″W / 51.848N 2.643W

Most sat navs will accept coordinates or you could do the old-school map reading thing.

Adrian C, 11/Sep/2015

Don't use the postcode - it's 5 miles away from Symonds Yat Rock.

Ian S, 5/Aug/2015
1 Star 1 Star

We didn't have change for the car park, so walked to the cafe to purchase something, get change and pay for our parking ticket. On returning to our car after 15 minutes, a parking ticket had been stuck on our windscreen. FC are obviously paying people to lie in wait. Disgusting.

Not given, 19/Jul/2015

We do state on our website that visitors are encouraged to bring change for the car park. It is unusual for us to ticket within the 15 minute courtesy time.

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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
    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


Map showing the local area
OS Grid ref: SO564160

Get directions


West England District
0300 067 4800

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
8am - 7.30pm
Cars and minibuses:
3.50 Mar - Oct
3.00 Nov - Feb
10 year round
Discovery Pass
25 cars
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