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SYMONDS YAT - YAT ROCK - ROSS-ON-WYE
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Symonds Yat - Yat Rock, Herefordshire - at National Grid Reference: SO 56377 / 16019. At a little over 500 feet above sea level, Yat Rock is one of the most well known view points in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean. Located approximately six miles west of Ross-on-Wye town centre, Yat Rock affords views over the villages of Symonds Yat East and West as well as the meandering River Wye which are are without a doubt, spectacular.

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SHORT FILMS ABOUT YAT ROCK, SYMONDS YAT AND THE WYE VALLEY
   

As well as being a favourite spot for woodland walkers, Yat Rock is a popular place for bird watchers as the Peregrine falcon nests in the surrounding cliffs. Historic Goodrich Castle is also very close and is one of the many attractions open to visitors locally and King Arthur's Cave is well worth a visit. See also the views from: [Garway Hill] . [May Hill] . [Hay Bluff]

The series of short films above show the villages of Symonds Yat East and West, as well as other nearby areas in both the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Forest of Dean. For more films about the area you might like to visit the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean in High Definition Video page, from which you can view these films full screen.


The whole of the horseshoe bend as viewed from Yat Rock shortly after sunset.

A spectacular view of the River Wye from Yat Rock.

Yat Rock viewpoint.

Yat Rock is a popular spot for bird watchers.
Canoeing and kayaking on the River Wye  

Canoeing and kayaking on the River Wye is a popular local activity, mainly during the summer months but it is also an all year round activity for the more hardy and adventurous. You can either use your own craft or canoes can be hired to make the journey, which you may like to take a few days to complete, camping along the route. You can, of course, do only part of the journey, hiring a canoe for a day or part day....

More information, film and photos...
 

YAT ROCK BY STARLIGHT...................................

There cannot be many local people who have not seen the stunning views from Yat Rock. Every year, thousands of people come from all around the world to visit the view point and admire the beautiful views across the counties of Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and beyond. Not many of these visitors however will have seen those special views, which do not appear until after darkness has fallen.

Recently I have spent a lot of time at the top of Yat Rock, sometimes completely alone and at other times with family and friends, whilst shooting scenes for my series of Wye Valley and Forest of Dean films. At night the views from Yat Rock change dramatically. On a clear night you can see much further than the usual Horseshoe bend in the River Wye and the Forest of Dean - you can see millions of light years - right into the heart of the Milky Way and beyond.


As night falls, the lights of Ross-on-Wye can be seen in the distance.

In the photo above, Ross-on-Wye is directly ahead (centre), Hereford to the left and Gloucester to the right. Although they appear to be in front, due to the extremely wide angle of the lens, the stars at the top centre of the photo are actually directly overhead at Yat Rock. If you look closely at the constellations, the Plough can be seen immediately above Hereford, Polaris just above (left of centre of the photograph). The fuzzy patch top right is the Pleiades - also known as the Seven Sisters.


The above view is of the Villages of Symonds Yat East and West on a much more cloudy night.

The Milky Way rises above the viewpoint flag pole on a clear evening.

Part of the Milky Way seen through a gap in the cloud.

A full 180 degree panoramic view of the Milky Way as seen at Yat Rock view point.
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