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Symonds Yat

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

Latest News (29/11/2016 10:08)

Road resurfacing works at Symonds Yat Rock.

From Monday 5th November to Friday 16th December, the road from Folly Lane Junction in Hillersland will be fully surfaced past Symonds Yat Rock to the County boundary with Herefordshire.  To keep everyone safe while the large machinery is on site, the road will need to close to traffic from 7.30am until 5.30pm each week day.

A signed diversion will be in place via English Bicknor, Stowfield Road, the B4234, the B4229, Goodrich (North of Symonds Yat Rock)

Access to the car parks for Symonds Yat Rock will be maintained but visitors are advised to follow signs as access may be via the diversion depending on where the resurfacing is taking place on any given day.  It is therefore advised that visitors to Symonds Yat Rock come to the site via the North of the B4432 and B4229 from Goodrich

Riverside pubs and hotels can be accessed from the north using the normal route from the B4229.  Access from the Hillersland direction will not be possible during the road closures.

The road will be open overnight and at the weekend.

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

May I have the Postcode for Symonds Yat Rock Car Park please for my SAt Nav

Richard, 6/Aug/2016

We do not have a postcode as the site does not have a residential building but the OS Grid reference is SO564160. visit our website for directions

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

Fantastic tea and cakes 😀 Great service too

Vickie and o, 16/Jul/2016
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
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Last updated: 21st November 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
    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


OS Grid ref: SO564160

Get directions


West England District
0300 067 4800

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
Cars and minibuses:
3.50 Mar - Oct
3.00 Nov - Feb
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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