3.1 of 5 (9 votes)

Symonds Yat Rock

A leisurely walk (riverside) in Gloucestershire, England, about 4.47km (2.78 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 1:30h. It is suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 122m (400ft)
Loss 127m (416ft)
Max. Elevation 160m (524ft)
Elevation (total) 249m (816ft)
Start & End
English Bicknor
Distance 4.47km
Duration ~1:30
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 26 Jul 2011
This walk in the Wye Valley takes you past one of the region's most famous attractions - the rapids at Symonds Yat Rock. Beloved by canoeists, a group of whom bought the rapids in 2003, it's the highpoint of a lovely walk in this wonderful valley. The area also attracts birds of prey, including peregrine falcons, buzzards and goshawks. The region has a good network of buses for getting about. http://www.wyevalleyaonb.org.uk

Walk Functions


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Walk Map


OS Grid SO580156
Start in the village of English Bicknor. By the church, look for the road called Balls Hill.
T junction About 0.26 km (~0.16 miles) from
OS Grid SO578158
At the bottom of the hill, turn right, following the Coldwell Walks sign. Just ahead is a footpath on the left.
Along the path About 0.72 km (~0.45 miles) from
OS Grid SO571154
The path leads across some fields above the river.
Redinhorne About 0.63 km (~0.39 miles) from
OS Grid SO565154
The track joins the road at Redinhorne. Head right along the road to the footpath on the opposite side. This takes you to a Forestry Commission car park. Head through the picnic area to the refreshments hut.
Viewpoint About 0.69 km (~0.43 miles) from
OS Grid SO563160
Go to the viewpoint for a look out across the river valley.
Wye Valley Walk About 0.30 km (~0.19 miles) from
OS Grid SO565159
The footpath weaves through the woods for a bit to lead you to the riverside path, the Wye Valley Walk.
Symonds Yat Rock About 0.30 km (~0.19 miles) from
OS Grid SO568157
Follow the riverside path through the valley, past the impressive Symonds Yat Rock - popular with kayakers. The steep gorge is also home to many birds of prey, so worth lingering here for a while to scan the skies.
Uphill About 0.49 km (~0.3 miles) from
OS Grid SO573158
On the meander, take the footpath heading up through the woods.
Common Grove About 0.73 km (~0.45 miles) from
OS Grid SO579161
This path leads you back up to the road near English Bicknor.
Back to the village About 0.35 km (~0.22 miles) from
OS Grid SO581158
Another path takes you back to the village. Lots of info about where to eat, sleep and drink in the village here: www.englishbicknor.org.uk

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