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Wye Valley and Symonds Yat

Symonds Yat is a village in the Forest of Dean and is a very popular tourist destination. The name is said to come from Robert Symonds, a 17th-century sheriff of Herefordshire and “yat” as an old word for a gate or pass.

Straddling the River Wye and the borders of Herefordshire and Gloucestershire, it is within a few miles of the Welsh border.

Symonds Yat East is on the Gloucestershire side of the river, it has two hotels, a canoe hire centre and the Saracens Head public house. A steep footpath leads from the village up to Symonds Yat Rock, famous for its view and its Peregrine Falcons. Another footpath and a cycleway, constructed on a former railway line, runs on the eastern bank to Monmouth. Symonds Yat West is on the Herefordshire side, it has a large caravan and camping site, and a small amusement park. Symonds Yat West also has visitor attractions including a maze built in 1977 to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II and the Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo. See for more information on Symonds Yat and the Wye valley.

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