Grade of Trail:
Length of trail:2.8 miles
Trail is currently open
A steep walk down to the river Wye and then a stunning woodland walk along the river.
Following the Wye Valley Walk for part of its length and then crossing the Biblins suspension bridge, this is only possible as a loop when the river levels permit running of the Saracens Head ferry - Tel 01600 890435.
Start your walk in the Symonds Yat Forestry Commission car park (charges apply), making your way up the slope through the ramparts of the Iron Age Hill Fort to the Symonds Yat Rock Viewpoint – don’t forget your binoculars. From here you might spot birds of prey and can breathe in that wonderful view before making your descent down the steep steps which start to the right of the 1950’s timber café cabin. The route is signposted as you follow a series of steps and slopes, through the vibrant woodland towards the River Wye. Look out for the autumnal fungi in the woods, as well as the woodland birds.
Once you arrive down in the valley, if the hand ferry is operating from the Saracens Head now is the time to use it to cross the river and start your walk on the other side of the river (or ask the ferryman how long he intends to keep running for if you wish to walk the loop in the opposite direction). Once across the river walk up and to your left and follow the footpath through the little hamlet and through the colour changing woods, alongside the river, all the way to Biblins campsite. When you reach Biblins campsite explore the little waterfalls and then carry on and cross the river on the Biblins suspension bridge back to the east side, turn left and walk back along the Peregrine Path back towards the Saracens Head. Amazing, colourful woodland slopes to your right and you may even spot a few deer. Continue along to the Saracens Head before making the ascent back to Symonds Yat Rock where your walk began.
On Saturday 1st October there is a running race starting and finishing at Symonds Yat Rock. Please be aware that parking spaces will be limited during the day and expect to see runners on the trails.
What do other visitors say?
Karen Taylor, 11/Mar/2016
Please could you email details of dog friendly walks in the Forest of Dean. I've tried to access the 20 dog friendly walks via the website but nothing happens. Thank you
Forestry Commission Response
We are happy to welcome well behaved dogs to all our Forestry Commission sites in the Forest of Dean.
Colin Tye, 2/May/2015
Please can you tell me when and who opened the biblins adventure centre. In the 1960s. Many thanks.
Forestry Commission Response
Biblins started as a youth campsite and gradually developed over time throughout the late 50's onwards, there wasn't an official opening as such. The main players in establishing the site alongside the Forestry Commission were the Scouts and the Caving Club and several other local organisations.