Symonds Yat & RockGloucester
Gloucestershire
HR9 6

 

Symonds Yat is a pretty village on the banks of the River Wye in the Forest of Dean. It is known worldwide for the superb views gained from a local limestone outcrop known as Symonds Yat Rock.

The Village straddles the River Wye and is divided into two parts – Symonds Yat West and Symonds Yat East. The delightful villages, pretty river and hand operated ferries make this a popular tourist destination.

The area’s strange name is believed to come from Robert Symonds, a 17th-century sheriff of the neighbouring county of Herefordshire, and "yat" is an old word for a gate or pass.

Symonds Yat Rock
The river winds its way around the limestone outcrop through a deeply wooded gorge. The outcrop rises 500 feet (152 metres) from the east banks of the river. From the top there are superb views of the River Wye winding across the counties of Herefordshire and Gloucestershire and as far as the Welsh border.
 
Disabled Access
Yes
 
Birds of Prey
The Rock has another very special attraction – a close up view of native Birds of Prey. A pair of Peregrine Falcons that nest annually within sight of the rock can be watched through telescopes set up by the RSPB. Buzzards, goshawks and hobbies are also regularly seen and it is sometimes possible to see migrant raptors such as ospreys and European Honey Buzzards.
 
The season for seeing these fantastic birds is April to August, and RSPB volunteers are on hand to answer questions.
 
Iron-Age Hill Fort
The cliff top at Symonds Yat Rock provided a good vantage point for its Iron age inhabitants, who built the fort here 2,500 years ago. The site is now a Scheduled Ancient Monument. All that is left now is the ancient banks and ditches among the trees.
 
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Walks
From the top multiple way-marked paths lead into the Forest and down to the river bank.
 
Facilities
Car park (charges apply)
Cafe (Seasonal Opening)
Toilets 
 
Opening Times
The site is open all year from 08:00 – 17:00 hours
 
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.
Tel: +44 (0)1594 834479 for more details and opening times
 
Parking Cars and minibuses
Approximate Cost £3.50

Car Parks at Symonds Yat Rock and in the Forest of Dean are operated by the Forestry Commission.

Forrestry Contact Details
Telephone   +44 (0)1594 833057
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Getting There
- By Car :
From the A40 at Monmouth take the A4136 towards Gloucester. At the Pike House crossroads turn left and proceed into Christchurch, take the B4432 left hand fork opposite the church and follow the signposts to Symonds Yat Rock. The car park is on the B4432.  
 
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