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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
5 Stars 5 Stars

Loved visiting here saw peregrines beautiful sight will be back again

Anonymous, 3/May/2017
4 Stars 4 Stars

we came last year for a long weekend, loved it so much we are coming back for a week this year

donna, 22/Mar/2017

Are dogs welcome?

Anonymous, 5/Feb/2017

Yes, we welcome dogs on all our sites. Please ensure they are kept under close control, or on a lead, and that all dog mess is cleared up afterwards!

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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

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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

Is the car par suitable for a 6.5m Motorhome?

Steve, 19/Apr/2016

The car park will be ok - you will need to park in coach space so get there early if in holidays. Car park is Pay and Display so bring change. NO OVERNIGHT stays permitted but Bracelands campsite is nearby. WARNING : you will NOT be able to drive any further down towards Symonds Yat East than the car park as the road becomes EXTREMELY narrow and bendy!

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Query: I am bringing a coach party on the afternoon of 13 July - do I have to book a coach parking place?

Rosalind Lowe, 23/Feb/2016

Please email

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We are thinking of visiting Symonds Yat Rock next week so i thought i'd have a look at some of the reviews....The 3.50 parking review made me smile - Extortionate! Really? where do you live - Mars!

Looking forward to our trip (and saving hard so i can afford to park)

Anonymous, 11/Feb/2016

We hope you enjoy the day - wear your walking boots for a beautiful walk down to the river Wye, and don't forget your binoculars!

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5 Stars 5 Stars

A short walk to a spectacular view. Cheap parking, good facilities and easily accessible with a pram. Short, medium and longer walks available. Very well maintained.

Clare, 11/Jan/2016

Glad you enjoyed your visit.

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1. Is there a charge for disabled parking?

2. Is it possible for a disabled scooter to access the Rock over the bridge, I am aware that it is not possible from the other side of the road due to the steps?

Philip Morris, 19/Dec/2015

Yes all vehicles must Pay and Display, £3.50 summer, £3.00 winter. Yes the route to the rock is completely accessible. enjoy your visit.

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1 Star 1 Star

Symonds Yat Rock is a rip-off, a tourist trap and completely overrated. The parking fees for the day (!) of GBP 3.50 are extortionate, especially since it is not possible to pay by the hour or at least by the half day. We spent some 45 minutes there and although the view from the lookout was nice, it was not worth the money or the effort of getting there. Don't bother visiting - go to Wales instead!

Marianne, 7/Dec/2015

The revenue from the parking charge goes directly in to maintaining the site and facilities, toilets, signage, path surfacing, grass-cutting, provision of site furniture, and litterpicking. The parking ticket can be used at all our pay and display sites in the Forest of Dean on the same day.

Forestry Commission Response

We took some international visitors and they appreciated the beautiful views. Note for other visitors: Symonds Yat Rock is not signposted from the main road so it's important to take the turn off to Symonds Yat EAST (and not Symonds Yat West). Follow signs firstly to Symonds Yat East and then to Yat Rock.

lovable_jane, 20/Nov/2015

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