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Local Attractions

view from Symonds Yat RockSymonds Yat is a popular tourist area in the Wye Valley offering spectacular views and vantage points for bird watching, in particular peregrine falcons.

To see the real beauty of this wonderful area, take a look at some photos and video footage at

There are opportunities for those who are energetic to go mountain biking, walking, canoeing down the rapids, boat trips, and a hedge maze.

Other activities include the following:


suspension bridge

Just behind the Old Pump House is the footpath from Symonds Yat West to Biblins. This route takes you through the narrow gorge of the Wye through Lord's Wood below the Doward. It is possible to cross the Wye river on the suspension bridge and return to Symonds Yat East along the Wye Valley Walk. A hand ferry is available from the Saracens Head Inn, it is a good idea to check the operating times of the ferry in advance.

Ramblers Groups

Walking Guides

Long Distance Paths


Canoes can be hired from Symonds Yat West or East. In addition the canoe companies listed below provide transport and equipment for one way trips starting or finishing at Symonds Yat. There is a public launch site at Kerne Bridge.

Canoe the Wye
Telephone: 01600 891100 (Nick Wells)

Symonds Yat Canoe Hire, Symonds Yat West
Telephone: 01600 891069 or 07860 848136

Wyedean Canoe and Adventure Centre, Symonds Yat East
Telephone: 01594 833238

The River Wye Canoe Hire Company, Ross on Wye
Telephone: 01600 890470 or 07525 377437 (Mark Simons)


Day tickets are available for a number of sections of the River Wye near Symonds Yat. For further information please contact Wye Angling, Ross-on-Wye.

Mountain Biking

Outdoor adventure - climbing, ropes course etc.

Motiva Ropes Course
Telephone: 01594 861762

Inspire Consulting and Coaching
Telephone: 01600 891515

Go Ape!
Telephone: 01594 812388






Tintern Abbey

Symonds Yat West Attractions

The Amazing Hedge Puzzle

Symonds Yat West Leisure Park

Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo

New Weir Forge
18th/19th century ironworks situated next to The Old Pump House immediately by the river Wye.

Something Different!

Fancy doing something different, try one of these:

Basket Making Courses at Wild Wicker
Learn how to make a Wicker Basket on a one day course, and make your own basket to take home.



For those who are just relaxing, there are many country pubs and eating places, here are just a few locals:

Wye Knot Inn
Symonds Yat West (30 minute walk)

Ye Olde Ferrie Inn
Symonds Yat West (15 minute walk)

The Saracens Head Inn
Symonds Yat East (hand ferry + 15 minute walk)

The Royal Lodge
Symonds Yat East (hand ferry + 15 minute walk)

The Old Court Hotel
Whitchurch (30 minute walk)

Or best of all, enjoy sitting looking at the views and watching the canoeist go by with a drink or two in the garden of The Old Pump House.

Alternatively take a look at the Forest of Dean's events page.

For lots of local information, visit the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean Tourism Association.

Information on the Ross-on-Wye area of the Wye Valley visit
Online videos of "The Wye Valley from the air" and "A day out at Symonds Yat" visit

The Old Pump House, Symonds Yat West, HR9 6BL