Symonds Yat Rock

The view from Symonds Yat Rock is one of the iconic images of the Wye Valley.

Symonds Yat Rock
Symonds Yat Rock

The Wye Valley A.O.N.B. ‘Overlooking the Wye” project has made this popular viewpoint accessible to many more people with a new wheelchair-friendly wooden walkway up to the viewpoint. Part of the wall has been replaced with a strong see-through grill (far right of photo)  that allows all to enjoy this view of the Wye sweeping past Coppet Hill.
Symonds Yat Rock was, and still is, one of the highlights of the grand Wye Valley tour. Wordsworth and Nelson would have glided by in a boat. Nowadays we enjoy it by foot or by coach.  A topograph shows directions and distances to the major landmarks.
Back in the car-park, near the toilet block, new interpretation boards show an impression of the Iron Age promontary hill fort that used to exist here. Look for the iron age ramparts as you walk up towards the log cabin. Another intrepretation board explains how the present day landscape was sculpted out by the river Wye.

The group above enjoying the view from Yat Rock are a taking part in a walk devised and led by a Forest of Dean and Wye Valley Tour Guide.