Best river trails in Coleford, Gloucestershire

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Explore the most popular river trails near Coleford with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of river trails in Coleford, Gloucestershire
Top trails (8)
#1 - Symonds Yat and the Wye Valley Circular Walk
Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 28 m
Please note: As of March 09, 2020, users have reported that the Bridge and ferry is currently closed because of flooding. Please consult the park's website before visiting. A circular walk from the small village of Symonds Yat East in Gloucestershire, taking in a stunning stretch of the wooded Wye Valley. The walk begins with a trip on the hand-pulled ferry across the River Wye to the west bank, before turning south along the Wye Valley and then crossing back to the east side via a suspension footbridge and back along an old railway to return to Symonds Yat East. The walk is right on the borders of three counties and your journey will take you through Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Monmouthshire. The word ‘picturesque’ was coined in William Gilpin’s 1770 book ‘Observations on the River Wye’ and this walk gives a real insight into his new theories on landscapes. The walk is mainly flat and there are no stiles or gates but just a few steps. The first section is through a narrow mud woodland path which will be slippery after wet weather, but the majority of the walk follows well-made stone tracks. The route starts with a river crossing via the hand-pulled ferry run by the Saracen's Head public house. Charges are £1.20 per adult, 60p per child and dogs can be taken on the ferry for free. The ferry runs throughout the year unless the river is in flood, but you can call the pub to check before you set out if you wish. The second river crossing is via a suspension footbridge which has a solid base but is high over the river and bounces a little as you cross so may not be for the faint-hearted. Approximate time 1 to 1.5 hours. Show more
#2 - Shortstanding and Symonds Yat Circular
Coleford, Gloucestershire, England
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Length: 6.5 mi • Est. 2 h 36 m
A good hike, stunning views from the Rock, and some beautiful woodland walking. There are some steep bits (though not sufficient to defeat two teenage grumps).Show more
#3 - Symonds Yat Rock and Peregrine Path Circular
Lord's Wood
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Length: 7.9 mi • Est. 4 h 17 m
#4 - Yat Rock, River Wye and Forest Circle
Coleford, Gloucestershire, England
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 2 h 2 m
Mostly fire roads but some lovely hikers only paths. Really nice forest and river views.Show more
#5 - Symond's Yat, Suck Stone, Buck Stone and River Wye
Lord's Wood
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Length: 9.9 mi • Est. 5 h 22 m
#6 - Cannop Ponds and Darkhill Ironworks Circular
Coleford, Gloucestershire, England
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Length: 7.5 mi • Est. 3 h 1 m
A historically interesting walk in the Forest of Dean, visiting Cannop Ponds and Darkhill Ironworks. Show more
#7 - Symonds Yat and Mailscot Forest Trail Circular
Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 4.1 mi • Est. 1 h 39 m
#8 - Christchurch to Biblins Bridge Circular
Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 4.1 mi • Est. 1 h 39 m
This circular walk begins in Christchurch near the Forest of Dene Holiday Lodge and makes its way through the forest to the Biblins Rope Bridge.Show more