Fallow deer, wild boar, peregrine falcons, buzzards and the endangered forest white butterfly are just some of the things to see. And plant life is just as exciting, visit for the bluebells or to see the autumn colours.
Bird watching: as well as the peregrine falcons nesting at Symonds Yat Rock you may be lucky enough to see goshawks, osprey, red kites, kestrels, sparrowhawks and treecreepers. Barn owls hunt in the field behind the Lodge and you will hear and see the buzzards circling and ravens in the Forest. The RSPB man the Rock in spring and summer.
Walking and Cycling
We are part of the Walkers Welcome and Cyclists Welcome schemes and provide bicycle storage and washing facilities (you can even have bikes delivered to your door). We have a selection of walk books and leaflets for you to borrow, and OS Explorer Map OL14 is recommended.
Symonds Yat is on the Wye Valley Walk; part of the Forest of Dean's hundreds of miles of foot, cycle and bridle path and adjacent to Offa's Dyke Walk and The Gloucestershire Way.
Here are links to just a few of the routes in the area:
Please click here for links to the above and many further activities:
Places To Go
Head out in any direction for sightseeing, shopping, attractions, historic market towns and beautiful pink stone villages.
Within walking distance of Symonds Yat Rock Lodge are:
• Symonds Yat Rock • Forest of Dean • Wye River and Symonds Yat East - comprising pubs, cafés, canoeing and hand ferry.
Below are just a few suggestions for places to explore a bit further afield:
• Monmouth historic town and shopping • Goodrich Castle • Amazing Hedge Puzzle • Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo • Puzzlewood • Walled market town Ross-on-Wye • Hay-on-Wye with its famous bookshops • Tintern Abbey and antique shops • Brecon Beacons
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Food and Drink
There are plenty of great places to eat and drink, some of which are destinations in their own right.
Please click here for a selection of local pubs and restaurants, ranging from good pub food to Michelin starred.
• Abergavenny Food & Drink Festival • Hay Book Festival • badger watching and fungi forays in the Forest • Newent Onion Fayre • International rugby under an hour away in Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.