Wye Rapids Cottage Symonds Yat
Symonds Yat has been renowned for its dramatic nature throughout history, being made famous by the 18th century romantics. The name derives from a 17th century sheriff of Herefordshire, Robert Symonds; yat being the local name for a gate or pass.
Symonds Yat is a beautiful wooded valley overlooking the River Wye as it meanders from Ross-on-Wye to Monmouth.
The River Wye has over the centuries cut a gorge through limestone cliffs 150 metres high with Symonds Yat East and West cosily nestled down in amongst the wooded slopes of the gorge.
Symonds Yat provides a home for many species of animals and plants. Particularly well known are the Peregrine Falcons which nest high up in the gorge and can be observed from Yat Rock. The woods which clothe the cliffs and river banks are home to ancient oaks, limes and rare wild trees as well as ancient woodland plants such as bluebells, primroses and violets.
Symonds Yat has a long and varied history. Mans presence can be detected in the area going back 20,000 years ago at King Arthur's cave. Bones of cave Bear, Lion and Mammoth have been found left by prehistoric hunting parties.k
Later during the iron age, warring tribes constructed defensive hill forts with huge earth ramparts and ditches around Symonds Yat.
Other ancient monuments include Huntsham Court, which is the remains of a Roman Villa unearthed during the 1960s. Goodrich castle, a dramatic medieval fortress, was constructed by feuding Marcher Lords to defend the ancient river crossing. The castle was one of the last to surrender to Oliver Cromwell during the Civil was in 1646.
If you are looking for activity while on holiday then Symonds Yat is famous for its fishing, canoeing, climbing and walking (well behaved dogs welcome in the cottage). Be you a beginner or advanced you can find a sport to suit you in the valley.o