Symonds Yat via Biblins

The most straightforward route to and from Symonds Yat, featuring an old mine, a significant riverside stretch and of course the classic viewpoint of Symonds Yat. Look out for Peregrine Falcons and Goshawks overhead.

Technical sheet
No. 18974652
A West Dean (Gloucestershire) walk posted on 02/02/22 by Walks from the Door. Update : 03/02/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h15[?]
Distance Distance : 9.26km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 203m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 207m
Highest point Highest point : 221m
Lowest point Lowest point : 35m
Moderate Difficulty : Moderate
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : West Dean (Gloucestershire)
Starting point Starting point : N 51.81352° / W 2.627116°
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Description

(D/A) From the Forest Retreat, turn left downhill and follow Broom Hill road for 1⁄2 mile to the Bracelands entrance, on your right.

(1) Follow the track heading straight on beyond the entrance, passing a wooden barrier. By a gate from the campsite, turn left, with a grey waymark and a sign to “River”.

(2) At the bottom of the valley, turn right, still following the grey waymarks along the stream. After 1⁄4 mile, look out for a disused mine level on your right. Continue down the valley; after 3⁄4 mile you cross the Wysis Way and shortly afterwards pass the Oldstone Well spring on your right.

(3) On reaching the River Wye, turn right and follow the riverside path for 1 mile to Symonds Yat East.

(4) Beyond the Royal Lodge Hotel, take the walled footpath on the right signposted to Yat Rock.

After 200 yards, turn right up steps through the trees and past a bench. The path continues uphill with intermittent steps; at the next junction by a wooden fence, turn right (again signposted “Yat Rock”). On meeting a broad path below a barrier, take a few steps left then take the path opposite, still climbing with intermittent steps.

(5) Just before the road, turn right up some stone steps and past a small, low cave on your left. A further flight of stone steps leads up to the picnic area by the Symonds Yat Café.

(6) Cross to the footbridge and bear left along the boardwalk to visit the Yat Rock viewpoint. Returning to the café, bear left through the staff car park to the road. Follow a footpath on the right that passes behind a white- painted house.

(7) Cross the entrance road for the main Symonds Yat car park and continue along the path ahead (with yellow “Christchurch to Symonds Yat walk” waymarks, which you will follow from now on).

(8) After 600 yards cross the exit road from the car park, still following the yellow-waymarked path. Ignore a track on the right and climb to pass to the left of Mailscot Lodge. The path continues beyond the drive, shortly crossing another forest road (within sight of the road on your left).

(9) Cross another forest road, still following the mostly level path with the woodland sloping down to your right. Eventually you pass the assault course on your right and emerge past a barrier onto a road. Turn left to return to the Forest Retreat. (D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 221m - The Forest Retreat
1 : km 0.88 - alt. 179m - Campsite
2 : km 1.26 - alt. 152m - Valley
3 : km 3.36 - alt. 39m - River Wye
4 : km 4.76 - alt. 40m - Royal Lodge Hotel
5 : km 5.4 - alt. 127m - Stone steps - Low cave
6 : km 5.52 - alt. 143m - Footbridge - Yat Rock viewpoint
7 : km 6.1 - alt. 153m - Symonds Yat car park entrance
8 : km 6.69 - alt. 155m - Mailscot Lodge
9 : km 7.69 - alt. 187m - Assault course
D/A : km 9.26 - alt. 221m - The Forest Retreat

Useful Information

A straightforward descent to the Wye on the grey-waymarked “Bracelands to the Wye” path and a level riverside path to Symonds Yat East, followed by the sharp climb to Yat Rock. From there the return is fairly level. Woodland paths may be muddy.

Car Park : Nearby the Forest Retreat

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

The Royal Lodge
www.rhhotels.co.uk
Tel 01600 890 238

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

During the walk or to do/see around

  • All Saints, Staunton, is another Grade I listed church with features from throughout the medieval period. Of particular interest is a font which may have originally been a Roman altar. Opposite are the remains of a 14th-century village cross and Church Farmhouse, dating back to the late 1500s.
  • The Suck Stone is said to be the largest detached conglomerate boulder in the British Isles.
  • St Mary’s Church in English Bicknor has a fine Norman arcade with an example of ‘beakhead’ carving. Other treasures include three 14th- century effigies.

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