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Symonds Yat Rock

Internationally renowned viewpoint with fantastic views over the Wye Valley

Picnic Sites and Viewpoints in or near Coleford


Lots to see and do at the internationally renowned viewpoint. Nearby cliffs are the nesting place of Peregrine Falcons that soar above the valley of the River Wye 120m below. It is also the site of an Iron Age hill fort and the film location used  for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1.

Mammals: Glimpse Fallow Deer in the surrounding woodlands. Badgers can be found in most of the woodland and foxes abound too. Otters have been sighted on nearby stretches of the River Wye, flowing beneath the Symonds Yat Rock viewpoint. Dormice have also been recorded in the area.

Birds: Peregrines have nested in the limestone cliffs of Coldwell Rocks in the Forest of Dean for the past 20 years. The crevices in the rock face are also ideal nesting sites for other birds such as ravens and jackdaws. From the viewing point on Symonds Yat Rock you can enjoy watching the Peregrine Falcons while they hunt and raise their young from April to August each year. Other birds of prey such as Goshawks and Buzzards can also be seen here. The RSPB are on hand and have been since 1983 to show people the birds and to protect the breeding peregrine falcoms. For further information please visit

Insects and reptiles: Grass snakes and Adders can occasionally be seen basking in the sunlit clearings. Dragonflies and damselflies frequent the banks of the River Wye, including the White-legged damselfly. Holly Blue butterflies and the Hummingbird Hawkmoth can sometimes be seen during the summer from the viewing point.

Habitats: Symonds Yat Rock is situated in the Upper Wye Gorge, Site of Special Scientific Interest, and due to its European importance is a Special Area of Conservation. One reason for this designation is the community of nationally rare Lime and Yew woodland. The nearby Mailscot Woods are a mosaic of broadleaf and conifer trees, providing a variety of wildlife habitats.

The Peregrine Viewing Point is a partnership project run by the Forestry Commission and RSPB. RSPB staff and volunteers are on hand with telescopes to view the Peregrines from April until August. For more than 200 years visitors have come to the area to view its picturesque landscape. Wordsworth and his friends came to the Wye Valley as part of their grand tour.



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O/S Ref: SO 536160

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From the A40 at Monmouth take the A4136 towards Gloucester. At the Pike House crossroads turn left and proceed into Christchurch, take the B4432 left hand fork opposite the church and follow the signposts to Symonds Yat Rock.

Coleford is the nearest town

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