Short alternative route to the viewpoint of Yat Rock.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(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)
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
Several moderate climbs, and the descent from Yat Rock is steep and uneven.
The Saracens Head Inn
Symonds Yat East,
Tel 01600 890435
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A circular walk on good surfaces, mainly level along the beautiful Wye Valley at Symonds Yat. The River Wye seen from the world famous viewpoint at Symonds Yat Rock forms an almost complete loop. The river here flows 31⁄2 miles yet progresses less then 1⁄4 mile towards the Severn. This walk starts below Symonds Yat Rock in the steep sided, wooded gorge at the pleasant village of Symonds Yat East.
A wide meander of the Wye followed with Yat Rock as a highlight.
A long walk full of interest with lengthy riverside sections.
A walk through the woods to a local landmark, returning along the Wye Riverbank.
A choice of short or long walks along the River Wye towards Monmouth.
A short but energetic climb to a stunning viewpoint over the Wye Valley.
Follow in the footsteps of the Wye Tourists down to the Wye. Cross the river at the Biblins visiting Little Doward Hillfort, King Arthur’s Cave and New Weir Forge. Return on the hand ferry at Symonds Yat West.
A steep descent and ascent from the car park at Yat Rock to the River Wye at Symonds Yat East.
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