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.
Follow the Stargazing trail around Symonds Yat and learn about exploring the night sky. The trail can be found on the Symonds Yat trail by following the black and white arrows.
Beginners stargazing guide
A ‘Beginners guide to stargazing’ in the forest will be available on the website for visitors to download. The guide includes more information on where to go, top tips, constellations to spot and some fun activities. The guide can be downloaded by visitors for free by signing up at www.forestry.gov.uk/stargazing-guide from w/c 9 Jan.
Winter star map:
The winter star map provides some easy constellations to look for while gazing up at the night skies. The map can be downloaded from www.forestry.gov.uk/stargazing.
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.
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:
January: Weekends only 10am-3.30pm
February – Feb half term: Weekends only 10am-3.30pm
Feb half term - April: Weekdays 10am-3pm. Weekends 10am-4.30pm
May - September: Weekdays 10am-5pm. Weekends 10am-5.30pm
All times are weather permitting.
What do other visitors say?
5 StarsRichard, 6/Aug/2016
May I have the Postcode for Symonds Yat Rock Car Park please for my SAt Nav
Forestry Commission Response
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 www.forestry.gov.uk
5 StarsVickie and o, 16/Jul/2016
Fantastic tea and cakes 😀 Great service too
5 StarsKenneth Newton, 17/May/2016
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.