Symonds Yat, Walks In Herefordshire, England, UK
Symonds Yat, Walks In Herefordshire was about 10 miles in distance.
Relish the meandering River Wye as it winds its way under the attentive eye of Goodrich Castle, before climbing up to the famous viewpoint at Symonds Yat Rock. Wander through woodland under Coldwell Rocks and check out the church at Welsh Bicknor, before returning to Kerne Bridge.
This route was circular in an anti-clockwise direction with good paths, which may be muddy at times, and livestock may be encountered in several places along the route, and maybe some alpacas.
The route first snaked in a south west direction, crossing Kerne bridge over the River Wye with a view of Goodrich Castle ruin, Then after traversing roads and quite lanes through Goodrich, crossing fields and traversing tracks, it crossed over the River Wye again at Huntsham Bridge.
The rest of the route followed the course of the River Wye. First it went south to Symonds Yat Rock through fields, scrub and woodland, with an optional leg south to Symonds Yat Rock viewpoint for fabulous views.
Next the route curved eastwards anti-clockwise along a track through woodland before snaking its way north east through fields and woodland to cross a bridge over the River Wye again by Welsh Bicknor.
Then it went in a south easterly direction before arcing anti-clockwise to a north westerly direction, passing Welsh Bicknor Church, crossing several fields and going through woodland before crossing the River Wye one final time over Kerne Bridge.
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Symonds Yat, Walks In Herefordshire Route
The Symonds Yat, Walks In Herefordshire route was circular in an anti-clockwise direction with five legs.
This first leg follows a winding route in a south west direction along roads an quite lanes through Goodrich before crossing fields, traversing tracks and crossing Huntsham Bridge over the River Wye.
- From Kerne Bridge picnic site we took the signed path to Kerne Bridge past the village hall to a road junction.
- Here we turned left, crossing the bridge, ignoring the signed path on the left and following the pedestrian path along road.
- We ascended the gentle incline, bearing left before the bridge up some steps and over stile on to a lane.
- Then we turned right across the bridge to a junction where we turn left and followed the signed path on the right hand side beside a school.
- The path zigzagged uphill then forked to the left with a fence on the right, crossed a bridge and passed through a gate.
- We then followed the path beside the left hand boundary through gate into a churchyard.
- We followed the path around church to wooden gate on the other side.
- Next we turned left through a field and gate before descending between houses to a lane.
- After turning left along the lane we took the next signed path on the right which passed between hedges.
- We then forked to the left over a stile, descending through field to a stile at the bottom of the field.
- Then we crossed the next field diagonally to the opposite corner where we passed through a gate and turned right along a road.
- Before long we crossed over the road to climb a stile on our left and follow the signed path.
- The track took us to some buildings where we forked right through three gates to the right of a property.
- Next we descended to a track and crossed a stile ahead of us into field.
- We took the permissive path next to the right hand fence until we reached and crossed a stile on our right underneath trees.
- After passing between trees along the path we cross another stile and turned left along a lane and crossed over Huntsham Bridge.
This leg of the route follows the course of the River Wye south to Symonds Yat, passing through fields, scrub and woodland.
- At the end of the bridge we took the signed path on the left and followed the River Wye through a number of large fields towards Huntsham Hill.
- We then entered trees at Elliot’s Wood and climbed a little to a small junction where we turned left on to the Wye Valley Walk.
- We descended a few steps and passed a cottage on our right before continuing on and bearing to our right back into trees.
- After passing a ruin we climbed a few steps to reach a wide track and turned left.
Leg three is an optional visit south to Symonds Yat Rock viewpoint, if you have the energy to climb steeply.
- After a short distance we took the steps on the right which were concealed by trees until we reached them.
- We followed the path as it zig-zagged its way upwards, sometimes very steeply, along slopes, and steps, crossing a lane and a visitor walkway bridge to reach the viewpoint.
- After taking the marvellous views, we returned to the bottom via the same path and turned right on the track.
Again following the course of the River Wye we curved eastwards anti-clockwise along a track through woodland, snaked our way north east through fields and woodland, and crossed a bridge over the river just before Welsh Bicknor.
- We followed the track through woodland as it dropped gently with Caldwell Rocks on our right and turned left through a kissing gate into field.
- On entering the field the river was to our left across the field and we followed the track which led off to the right below trees.
- At the end of the track we went through another kissing gate and into woods.
- After a short distance we turned left down some steps to a kissing gate and into field.
- Here we went along the path alongside the bank of the River Wye for about a kilometre, through one field through a gate in to another field and under a bridge.
- We then turned sharp right up steps on to the bridge and crossed over the River Wye.
On this fifth and final leg we followed the River Wye again, first in a south easterly direction before arcing anti-clockwise to a north westerly direction. We passed by Welsh Bicknor Church, crossed a number of fields and went through woodland before crossing the River Wye one final time over Kerne Bridge.
- After the bridge we turned right, descending to the riverbank, and turning left to follow the path beside the River Wye on our right.
- At a junction of paths we forked to the right, passing Welsh Bicknor Church on our left and soon crossed a stile into field.
- We remained beside the riverbank, ignoring any side paths, passing through five fields separated by either a bit of scrub, a low ditch, or a few bushes or trees with a gap.
- We then passed through a narrow grassed channel between bracken, through an open gate into another long field before passing through a gate into woodland.
- Continuing through the trees, we passed a cottage on out left, then soon after we descended some steps and crossed a stile into another field.
- We followed the right hand boundary of the field to a gate and went up steps to a road.
- We then turned right along the road, crossing the road and Kerne Bridge.
- Finally, we turned right, passed the village hall and returned to the car park at Kerne Bridge picnic site.
When Done & With Whom
I did this hike with my partner Anne whilst on a Tewkesbury hiking holiday during August 2011. We drove from our holiday accommodation in Tewkesbury in Worcestershire to the starting location of Kerne Bridge, not far from Symonds Yat in Herefordshire and parked in Kerne Bridge picinic site which was also the start location of the hike.