A short break in Symonds Yat

Symonds Yat is definitely worth a visit. Lovely walking (if you don’t mind a few hills!)

Probably our last trip away this year before next year.  We’re making the most of my last few days before my teaching kicks off for the next few months.

We stayed at Orchard Farm on Wednesday evening, and set off just after rush hour on Thursday morning.  We were staying at, what appears to be, a fairly new campsite just a couple of miles from Symonds Yat.

After setting up we headed out to Symonds Yat – we decided not to walk as it seemed to be further that we had initially thought.  We followed the walk down to the river from the top of the rock – it’s actually quite difficult walking down as it was really quite steep in places.  Of course, this meant that we knew we would have to make our way back up…  We  stopped for a drink in the Saracen’s Head, which has it’s own ancient chain ferry operation, followed by an ice cream.  Then we had to head back up to the car.  Hard work, but I made it!  Calv doesn’t have the same problem going uphill as I do, but even he struggled in places (although he says he was coming down with something..)

On Friday we decided to wander round a couple of the local towns, ending up in Monmouth.  It was really busy and difficult to park!  We found this little theatre that we could go in and look around; Al Murray was playing there that night, but sold out.  But we decided to ask anyway – 2 tickets had just been returned, so we went back in the evening for a show.  And very funny it was too 🙂

On Saturday we visited Clearwell caves, an abandoned Iron Ore Mine (only actually closed in the 1980s) which was good.  Then we moved on to Tintern.  We had a nice lunch in a pub/hotel just on the outskirts of the village, and then had a wander.  I do love Tintern Abbey 🙂


Author: MandoraTheExplorer

Having given up full-time work we currently work a year to travel for 4-5 months, and we're hoping to continue this until we can retire properly! Currently living, and loving, life to the full :)

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