Huntsham Hill and Yat Rock

Short alternative route to the viewpoint of Yat Rock.

Technical sheet
No. 18607030
A Whitchurch walk posted on 19/01/22 by Walks from the Door. Update : 19/01/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 1h35[?]
Distance Distance : 4.09km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 151m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 148m
Highest point Highest point : 144m
Lowest point Lowest point : 23m
Moderate Difficulty : Moderate
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Whitchurch
Starting point Starting point : N 51.840376° / W 2.638398°
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Description

(D/A) From the front door of the Saracens Head pub, facing the river, turn right. Turn off the road and walk through the car park and campsite on your left to the far corner, where a gate gives access to a riverside meadow.

Follow the riverbank as far as the ferry to the Old Ferrie Inn, then turn right, away from the river, to a gate into the road.

(1) Take a few steps to the left, then take a path on the right. This path leads obliquely up the hill below a line of low cliffs to meet another road. Turn left (downhill) to a passing place on the right, where you take a signposted path through the woods.

(2) This level path nears and eventually meets a broad track, which you follow around the end of Huntsham Hill, with rocks above and to your right. Ignore a footpath on the left that descends to the river, keeping along the track as it bends to the right and starts to descend (passing another path leading downhill to the left).

(3) Beyond a layby on the left, leave the main track on a less obvious track that forks right, uphill, passing a way-mark post after 100 yards or so. When the track hairpins right, the footpath leaves it, turning left by another waymark post along a narrow and indistinct path up through the trees.

At the top of the hill, turn left at another waymark post, and follow a more obvious path that descends gently. Another similar path joins from the right, and shortly afterwards you pass a wooden barrier to meet the road.

(4) Turn left and walk up the road past the old chapel on your left and between cottages. Beyond the houses, keep on up the road until you pass under a footbridge. Shortly afterwards, turn left and double back on yourself along a boardwalk to the Yat Rock viewpoint.

(5) Having admired the view, return as far as the footbridge and cross it into a picnic area. A path opposite leads down rocky steps and past a small cave to a crossing with a wide track. Go straight over and follow a steeply descending path through the woods. Keep left at a path junction, and again at a second, until you emerge at the end of the car park in Symonds Yat East. Turn right to return to the Saracens Head. (D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 32m - The Saracens Head pub
1 : km 0.69 - alt. 36m - Line of low cliffs
2 : km 1.22 - alt. 62m - Huntsham Hill
3 : km 2.17 - alt. 93m - Hairpins
4 : km 2.61 - alt. 104m - Old chapel
5 : km 3.22 - alt. 126m - Yat Rock viewpoint
D/A : km 4.09 - alt. 31m - The Saracens Head pub

Useful Information

Several moderate climbs, and the descent from Yat Rock is steep and uneven.

Pdf file: http://walksfromthedoor.co.uk/i/walks/He...

The Saracens Head Inn
Symonds Yat East,
Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire
HR9 6JL
Tel 01600 890435
Website http://saracensheadinn.co.uk
Email contact@saracensheadinn.co.uk

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

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