The areas in which the River Wye flows through are ones of outstanding beauty, one of which is Symonds Yat. Symonds Yat is situated right on the English and Welsh boarders and is a hotspot for tourists in the spring and summer months.
Symonds Yat itself is split between two counties, Symonds Yat West is in Herefordshire and Symonds Yat East is in Gloucestershire, the only thing separating them is the River Wye itself. The historic area is one of special scientific interest and is often home to Peregrine Falcons, Goshawks and Buzzards which can be view on Symonds Yat Rock situated on the Gloucestershire side some 120 meters above the River Wye.
One of the biggest attractions to Symonds Yat is the adventure activities on offer. It is famous for its canoeing and caters for all levels from novice to expert. If you are just starting out you can hire a canoe and receive tuition from experienced tutors, then enjoy a day gently paddling in the river. For expert level there are the rapids of the River Wye, something many good canoeists come to the area for seeking the thrill and challenge it is renowned for offering.
If you are thinking about taking a break in Symonds Yat there is so much on offer for you to experience no matter your age or ability, there are:
• Adventure walks
• Rock climbing
• Raft building
• Canoe Hire river trips
• Ropes Course
Canoeing the River Wye is an absolute joy with views not seen in other parts of the United Kingdom; it can be as tranquil or as exciting as you require depending on your experience and skill levels.
There are plenty of canoe hire facilities on offer, but be sure to choose one with highly experienced instructors who are qualified; if you do this it means that your experience will be fruitful and safe.
There really are many things to see and do and when you have finished with you busy day why not take a relaxing break with a beer at one of the river side pubs.
The Forest of Dean has plenty for everyone to see and do. Even if you feel that your family might not want to canoe but you do, they will have plenty to occupy themselves with whilst you take to the water and learn what could become a life long passion and skill.