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Activities in Symonds Yat

Symonds Yat & Wye Valley Walks

Symonds Yat is an ideal place for a relaxing walk, or an invigorating hike. There are endless miles of forest and tracks to explore, and if you add the nearby Forest of Dean, you could literally spend weeks navigating your way, from hamlet to parish, without encountering anything more than quiet woodland and ancient British wilderness.

The area of Symonds Yat lies within the borders of Herefordshire and Gloucestershire. Many people mistakenly think that Symonds Yat is in Wales, it isn’t, however it is very near the border of Monmouthshire and you can easily wander into Wales when exploring Symonds Yat without ever knowing.

Robert Symonds gave his name to Symonds Yat during the 17th-century. Symonds was a sheriff of Herefordshire and the word “yat” is an old word for a gate or pass. Today the area is a mixture of private land and woodland which is cared for mainly by the Forestry Commission.

Fallow deer, barn owls and peregrine falcons are often seen or heard, and very occasionally wild boar can be seen too. Badgers are common, though rarely seen, and stoats, weasels, foxes, woodmice, bank voles and even dormice are present. Many species of butterfly, hornets, bats and European cave spiders also make their home in the woods and caves.

Here are a few pointers when exploring Symonds Yat and the surrounding Wye Valley by foot:

Wye Valley Walk – Monmouth to Ross on Wye

Goodrich Castle, Coppett Hill & Welsh Bicknor

The Little Doward and Great Doward

Yat Rock and Symonds Yat East

The Sculpture Trail

Cycling in Symonds Yat & The Wye Valley

From our door, you can cycle many kilometers along quiet country lanes, through tiny hamlets, past old pubs and over the river on wooden footbridges. We could even plan a route for you!

There is also the Forest of Dean and it’s 200km of easy cycle trails, including the popular 15km family cycle route. The inn itself is situated on one of the latest Sustrans Cycle Routes, The Peregrine Path.

The Peregrine Path

The Peregrine Path is a new level cycle route which traces the river from Monmouth along the river to The Saracens. It follows the old railway line for 10km from Hadnock road. It’s a great ride for all ages.

PedalABikeAway offers bike hire from Monmouth every weekend and during the school holidays (April -November). Parking is free and it offers a great day out.

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Mountain Biking

Cross-Country, Downhill, Freeride or just ride. One can Mountain Bike from the door of the Inn, or go to the designated mountain bike area in the Forest of Dean, with it’s very biker friendly café, showers, small shop and a cycle repair centre. There are also the Brecon Beacons for wide open MTB adventures.

Further away but within striking distance is Cwmcarn, legendary XC course and uplift serviced DH piste.

River Wye Canoe Hire @ Symonds Yat East

Wye Canoe?
Canoe Hire on the River Wye with us is simply the best way to see the Wye Valley, Explore this area of outstanding Natural Beauty in a canoe with family & friends and make some memories you will remember.

It is great for complete beginners and experienced paddlers also. We provide all the necessary safety equipment and transport up and down the River Wye. Start your Wyedean (Wye Valley & Forest of Dean) Adventure with us.


The natural area around Symonds Yat and the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire are the perfect place to go Caving.

Walk, crawl and sometimes shuffle through miles of passageways into vast open caverns with stalactites and stalagmites .

Many Species of Bats call the Caves home and the only way to get a close up look is to go caving!

All of our caving instructors are Qualified Cave leaders and are site specific trained on the surrounding caves.

A 3 hour session starts from our centre and entails a short walk to the start of the caves, you are given a boiler suit, helmet and light and with a brief explanation of where you are going, you then set off into the caves being lead by the instructor.

Suitable for novices and experienced alike. We can choose a cave system that is suitable for your requirements.

Caving is great fun for all persons aged 8 and upwards.

Rock Climbing

Symonds Yat in the Wye Valley couldn’t be a better place to experience the thrill and excitement of Rock Climbing.

Heights from 10 metres to 30 metres plus!

Climbing on the natural surrounding Limestone cliffs with our professional instructors is perfect for those who want to experience Climbing in a safe and relaxing environment or those who want to perfect their skills, We’re here to help.

All our instructors are either SPA (Single Pitch Award),MIA or MIC- qualified and site specifically trained by us, so you can enjoy your experience knowing that you are in safe and competent hands.

A 3 hour Climbing session starts at our land centre at Symonds Yat Rock. With only a 10 minute walk to the cliffs you get the most out of your time with us.

Adventure Activities

There are plenty of things to do in the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley. Why not add a thrill of some real adventure activities with us.
Choose from Kayaking, Climbing, Archery, a Tree top adventure on our High Ropes Course with a 100M Zip Wire and much much more…