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Symonds Yat Rock

Symonds Yat Rock
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Managed by Forestry England, Symonds Yat Rock is a viewpoint well known for its picturesque views, trails linking to the River Wye, range of circular walks into the forest, and bird-watching. Choose from a selection of five walking trails or choose to take the cycle route by bike.

The area has a deep history and an ancient hill fort sat at the clifftop that provided a great vantage point for its Iron age inhabitants, who built the fort 2,500 years ago. The site is now a certified ancient monument.

Its high viewpoint also makes for a brilliant place for bird-watching, being one of the best places in the country to watch Peregrine Falcons. However, with a little patience, you might also spot Goshawks, Sparrowhawks, Buzzards, Tawny Owls, the list goes on.

Entry Cost

Entry is free but there is a charge for carparking.


The site opens at 8:00am every day and the closing times are as follows:
November to February - 5:00pm
March - 6:30pm
April - 8:00pm
May to August - 9:00pm
September - 7:30pm
October - 6:30pm
  • Special Features

    • Historical Interest
    • Rural location
  • Welcomes

    • Free entry
    • Children welcome
    • Dogs welcome
    • Accepts groups
    • Coach parties
  • Facilities

    • On-site cafe/restaurant
    • Picnics welcome
    • Public toilets
  • Accessibility

    • Disabled access
    • Disabled facilities
Symonds Yat Rock

Directions & Parking

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Symonds Yat
Follow tourist signs for the Forest of Dean. Take the B4432 from Coleford and Christchurch, heading North. The site is on the left before the steep downhill road to the river.
Near Coleford, Gloucestershire
Sat Nav Postcode: GL16 7NZ

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Discover the ancient hill fort, spot birds of prey and enjoy a snack from the log cabin cafe.