The best views of the Forest of Dean – Symonds Yat Rock Viewpoint, cafe and forest trails

Last week we spent a few nights in a Forest Holidays log cabin in the Forest of Dean.
While we were there I went for a run (which to be honest turned in to a stroll) up to the Symonds Yat Rock viewpoint, after reading about it online.

The walk from Forest Holidays to Symonds Yat Rock takes around 30 minutes, and follows the Christchurch to Symonds Yat trail through the Forest of Dean.

Walk through the Forest of Dean

The circular trail is marked by signs all the way around, and goes through the forest passing the edge of Christchurch, the car park at Symonds Yat, and up to the rock itself.

Between the car park and trail merge point there’s some toilets and a small outdoor cafe/kiosk serving hot and cold drinks, and various snacks and cakes, with a few outdoor benches.

Car parking at Symonds Yat Rock costs £3.

The cafe area has a good amount of seating and various viewpoints to explore before heading up to the rock itself.

When you’re ready to head out on to the Symonds Yat Rock, just follow the signs and walk along the raised wooden walkway through the forest for a couple of minutes until you reach the rock viewpoint.

The view from the top of the rock is fantastic.

From the top of the Yat Rock you can see for miles down the River Wye valley and beyond. It’s well worth the short walk to get to it.

After visiting the rock, there are several circular trails leading through the Forest of Dean to explore if you’d like to spend some time in the woods.

Symonds Yat Rock is definitely worth a visit if you’re staying in or near the Forest of Dean, especially if you’re staying at Forest Holidays which is right on the direct forest trail. (Read my article on my stay here)

Read more about Symonds Yat Rock and what you can see there on the Forestry England website.

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