Symonds Yat is located on the Herefordshire and Gloucestershire border close to Monmouth. The rural village is split between the river Wye any sits deep in the Yat gorge offering the complete break for the family, couples or as a business break for a team building excerise.
Yat gorge was mined for iron ore between the 1590’s and the 1790’s. Archaeologists also uncovered remains of hyenas, the sabre tooth and a Mammoth around the caves of the valley. The first human inhabitation in the area dates back 12000 years. The first recorded use of Yat was in 1265 the word in old English stands for gate or gorge.
Symonds Yat has three main hotels the Royal lodge hotel http://www.rhhotels.co.uk/ sits on the east side of Symonds yat and offers 21 en suite bedrooms all of which face the river offering stunning views and Symonds Yat west. All rooms have a high standard interior that match the character of the building. The royal lodge has the hunter restaurant that offers fine food that is all sourced locally.
The Forest view hotel http://www.forestviewguesthouse.co.uk/ is a four star rated ten bedroom country house that retains an olde worlde feel all rooms have an en suites and the majority of rooms overlook the river. They offer a full English style breakfast in one of the two dining rooms that overlook the river below.
The Ye Old Ferrie inn http://www.yeoldferrieinn.com/ unlike the other two properties sits on the west side of the river since 1473 with its charming traditional features and open fires. The in offers riverside rooms each comprising of a double bed or a bunk house for larger groups.
Things to do
There are many walking trails around Symonds Yat that offer the walker, runner and cyclist some amazing views, one of these trails runs the back of the royal hotel and up high in the gorge to Yat Rock. Once at the top there you will be confronted with stunning views of the river Wye as it snakes through the valley bellow, if you are a keen photographer these vies should not be missed. Yat rock is also a popular destination for bird watchers, many come to see the peregrine falcons that nest near the viewing point from April to August each year, but other birds of prey such as goshawks and buzzards nest in the area. If you’re looking for something a little more exciting you can book some rock climbing sessions or a canoe or kayak the limestone rocks offer good climbing opportunities for all abilities whilst there are also some grade 2 manmade rapids for white water rafting.