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Symonds Yat and the Wye Valley Circular Walk is a 2.9 mile loop trail located near Coleford, Gloucestershire, England that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips.

Length 2.9 mi Elevation gain 439 ft Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Hiking

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Lake

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Getting There

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.

The walk starts from Symonds Yat East in Gloucestershire which is accessed from the A40 and B4229. There are a couple of pay and display car parks in the village. The village has very narrow lanes and can get very congested during peak holiday times so it is advisable to arrive early. Approximate post code HR9 6JL.

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Colin Lewis
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Hiking

Biblins Bridge reopened by 25th July!

Ann Wise
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Hiking

walked from home, up towards Round Hill, down towards Marion and Julian's, into a field with thistles and head off to the left. Into would with garlic. Along till the road then up and right into the woods. Through a stream up into the woods where we did litter picking (big place for a fire), down into the field where I was chased by cows. Across the clay stream, up into the Culverhay woods, pay the back of the school and back home.

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Jonno Morley
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Bridge and ferry was closed because of flooding unfortunately. But nice walk nonetheless!

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Paul Summers
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Hiking

Very pretty walk with a diversity of landscapes

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pippa pippa
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Hiking
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Lovely walk lots of pubs with nice food along the way. You can canoe for £20 lots of campsites and accommodation. The bridge is an experience

Alex Hempton-Smith
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mark W.
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Simon Ellis
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Melanie Pegler
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Andrew Short
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Ian Shimell
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Dariusz Kordowicz
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