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Symonds Yat is a village in the Wye Valley and a popular tourist destination, straddling the River Wye and on the borders of the English counties of Herefordshire and Gloucestershire. It is within a few miles of Monmouthshire and the Welsh border. The name is said to come from Robert Symonds, a 17th-century sheriff of Herefordshire, and yat, an old word for a gate or pass.HistoryArchaeologists have uncovered bones from hyenas, sabre-toothed cats and a mammoth in and around the caves of the valley and human habitation can be traced back to 12,000 years ago with findings of their tools and clothes.In the Iron Age the forts on the Great Doward and Yat Rock provided secure, defensible settlements for the local residents. During Roman times these forts became focal points in the region and the importance of the iron here and in the Forest of Dean made this a valuable prize for the conquerors. Offa's Dyke was built in the 8th century directly above the Yat to separate England and Wales.The first recorded use of the word Yat in connection with the area was made in 1265. Yat is an old English word for "gate" or "gorge". It is popularly believed that the addition of Symonds was made in the 17th century in reference to Robert Symonds of Sugwas and Evesfield who was indeed a member of the family who owned the lands from Wormelow near Hereford to the border regions in which the Yat stands. He was High Sheriff of Herefordshire in 1685. The area is also shown as Symons Yate on maps in 1665, Symons Yat in 1717 and Symmonds Gate in 1830.Make Symonds Yat Rock a part of your Coleford vacation plans using our Coleford vacation planning tool .
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Rebecca CAugust 21, 2017
Excellent view on a beautiful summers day. If you appreciate scenery and good walks then this is the place to be more »
drfcokAugust 19, 2017
A great walk from forest holidays camp, 45 mins, to the viewing area to see the river Wye meander through the valley, RSPB are there to advise on bird life to view. There is an cabin cafe on site with... more »
lllyhAugust 19, 2017
As far as we are concerned you can't get a better view anywhere. The woodland walks are wonderful and you can experience wonderful ancient history with the 2,500 year old Iron Age hill fort.To top it ... more »
Angela ChangAugust 6, 2017
It feels secluded, and we were alone for most of our hike even though we had seen a lot people at the trail head. Went in mid-July with a 7 and 3 year old. Nice circle hike, cool signs placed near different trees to give us a reasons to take a break over our 2 hour (beginner) hike. The lookout and peregrine habitat was breathtaking. On the trail, we enjoyed looking and learning about different types of trees, enjoyed the ambiance of the ancient woods, and even pondered over mysterious constructions made out of sticks and foliage left by previous hikers. We had a great time and might return for the more challenging trails.
Matt KAugust 3, 2017
Amazing views over some spectacular country side, easy access via well maintained paths.
B HaganAugust 21, 2017
Beautiful setting Don’t forget to choose the correct Symonds Yat Rock in sat nav.
Lee WhertonOctober 6, 2017
Beautiful views over the river Wye and valleys.
Marta modiMay 25, 2017
AMAZING views!!!! there is also a little place to have a coffee or tee. bring coins to be able to pay the parking!
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