Coach Holidays to Symonds Yat – Symonds Yat is set in what is arguably the loveliest location in the Wye Valley, which was designated an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ in 1971. Ever since Admiral Nelson and his mistress visited the Wye Gorge more than 200 years ago, tourists have flocked to the region famous for its spectacular scenery, tranquil walks and salmon fisheries and Symonds Yat, nestled in an enchanting wooded gorge, offers the perfect base from which to explore this delightful area.
Ascend 500 feet above sea-level to the summit of Yat Rock to take in some of the most awe-inspiring views England has to offer, including a unique opportunity to view nesting peregrine falcons. Perhaps take a walk to gaunt Seven Sisters Rock and King Arthur’s Cave, the lair of woolly mammoths and pre-historic man. Take the opportunity to cross the river which divides the two parts of the picturesque town by means of an ancient hand ferry and certainly, when on the other side, visit the Wye Valley Visitor Centre with its maze and butterfly house.
Symonds Yat also provides the perfect location from which to explore further afield, with the ancient towns of Tewkesbury and Evesham, as well as such gems as the remote market town of Hay-on-Wye (famous for its world class book shops) and the magnificent city of Gloucester all a short distance away.
We use the Paddocks Hotel whose comfortably furnished lounge and bar areas have a magnificent view over the river and gorge.
The village is divided by the River Wye into Symonds Yat West and Symonds Yat East. It is possible to cross the river at both Biblins and Huntsham, but the old hand ferry remains the easiest and most popular way of traversing. The main village is located on the banks of Symonds Yat East where tea rooms, cosy pubs and a small number of craft shops all huddle close to the river bank.
Although the surrounding countryside provides one of the best ‘gardens’ Britain has to offer, the Jubilee Park and its accompanying maze in Symonds Yat West is well worth a visit.