A nice gentle start from the Old Court Hotel, up into the hills and then back down to reach the car park of the 15th century Ye Old Ferrie Inn, which still operates a hand-hauled ferry across the river.
Follow the road, passing the lime kilns dating from around 1700 and then Symonds Yat East. Take a moment to read the information sign when you arrive at the site of Mr. Partridge’s Iron Works at New Weir. This was a major attraction to those taking the Wye Tour in the days of William Gilpin, and today it still attracts many visitors to take on the challenge of the nearby rapids.
Still following the river, walk through Biblins campsite and past a footbridge. There's a nice cafe on your right if you fancy a quick break before the climb that's coming!
Keep following the river until you reach a stone wall, where you will take a right turn into the ancient woods. Follow the wall up to a limestone kiln then weave your way up the hill, following your map to stay on the right track. Near the end of the climb, you will follow the stone wall in a straight line and reach a wooden fence at the top.
From here you can take a little detour to see the iron age hill fort before taking the wooden steps into more woodland, leading to King Arthur's Cave. After exploring the caves you may like another short detour to find Seven Sisters Rock for superb views over the River Wye, but best avoided in windy and icy weather; the sheer cliffs need to be approached with great caution.
Make your way around the south and east perimeter of Leaping Stocks Nature Reserve, then head back down the hill to end your walk, always keeping your eyes peeled for views across the Wye Valley during your descent. Then it's time to kick back over lunch at Old Court Hotel or Ye Old Ferrie Inn.