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Symonds Yat

Explore Symonds Yat Rock
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.4/5)

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:

June -August.  Week Days 10am-5pm.  Weekends 10am-5.30pm

September - October Week Days 10am-4pm.  Weekends  10am-4pm

November - Week Days 10.30am-2.30pm.  Weekends 10am-4pm

All times are weather permitting.

The cafe at Symonds Yat Rock is currently out to tender. This is an exceptional opportunity to run a cafe in a stunning location near the internationally known viewpoint.  For more details and to express your interest contact our agent Stonesmith 



Parking charges

Pay and Display parking operates at Symonds Yat Rock, monies raised are essential for site maintenance and improvements.

Cards and notes are not accepted in the pay and display machines.  Coins only please.  No change given.  Pay by phone (card payment) is available on site.

Peak  (weekends, bank holidays and Gloucestershire school holidays)
Up to 2 hours £3
2-4 hours       £4
All Day           £5

Off Peak (Monday-Friday during school term time)
Up to 2 hours  £2
2-4 hours       £3
All Day           £4

Coaches (vehicles with over 20 seats)      Minibus
Peak £10, Off Peak £8                              Peak £8, Off Peak £6 

Regular visitors can save money with a Discovery Pass
£30 for a whole year - that's just £2.50 a month and gives free parking for a year as well as a range of other benefits! 


Flying of Drones in the Forest of Dean

The general use of UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) or drones as they are more commonly known is not permitted on or over the Forest of Dean as part of our byelaws.

Drones should not be flown over people and as much of our land is open access we cannot guarantee an area is ever completely empty. Drones should not be flown near property and the special nature of the Forest makes the risk of damage more serious.  Symonds Yat rock is home to protected birds of prey. If disturbed by a drone, the owner is liable to prosecution.

If you wish to fly a drone in the Forest you need to first obtain a permit from us. Please do get in touch by emailing  to find out more.


What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

OMG had my best trail run to date, never ran in the FOD so planned everything, even bought maps. Within 10 minutes we had gone the wrong way, thanks to my poor navigation. But then we were back on track. Really well sign posted and didn't worry about getting lost. Ended up scrapping the plan and just running. It was stunning and so green!

Want to thank the amazing volunteers who keep that place up together and the litter pickers, who look after the environment. Truly stunning and breath taking. The trails are challenging but great place to run,next time we're make it to the viewing point without stopping!

Appetite_for_running, 18/Jun/2018
4 Stars 4 Stars

Lovely walks and (mostly) good views. The heat coming from the rock underfoot in August is amazing. Side trail behind tea from has a good view westwards towards the village of Symonds Yet, but the river is partially obscured by growth of hazel and similar. Shame.

Terry Buckland, 29/Aug/2017
5 Stars 5 Stars

Really spectacular views of the area and the cliff face.Sightings of the birds of prey are not to be missed

Cliff Powell , 6/May/2017
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Last updated: 10th August 2018

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What's Here?

  • Parking (chargeable)
  • 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
  • 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

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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
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