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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 www.wyenot.com for more information on Symonds Yat and the Wye valley.

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