The area around Symonds Yat is renowned for canoeing and rock climbing, and there’s great walking and cycling in the Forest of Dean itself. Strong currents make the River Wye dangerous for swimming.
There are good walks both in the Forest of Dean itself and around Symonds Yat. The official Forest of Dean & Wye Valley website (www.wyedeantourism.co.uk) is a valuable source of walking information.
The 136-mile Wye Valley Walk passes through Goodrich and Symonds Yat on its way along the Anglo-Welsh border between Plynlimon and Chepstow, while the scenic 8-mile Peregrine Path follows the riverbanks from Goodrich to Monmouth via Symonds Yat East.
A popular walk from Symonds Yat East makes its way up the side of the 504m Symonds Yat Rock, affording fabulous views of both river and valley.
Canoeing & Kayaking
Several companies at Symonds Yat, on both banks of the river, hire out canoes and kayaks, and organise other adventure activities such as multiday kayaking trips, white-water trips, caving and climbing.
Rock climbers follow a series of mainly trad routes directly up the cliff face at Symonds Yat Rock, but the easier-grade routes tend to be very polished. Rock falls are common – bring a varied rack and wear your helmet. Local adventure outfitters offer rock-climbing excursions for around £40 per half-day.