Forest of Dean, Symond’s Yat Rock – Forest Holidays
Pick up the all-terrain Tramper from the cycle hire centre at Forest Holidays and then enjoy the tranquility and nature of the surrounding woodland.
One waymarked route leads to the popular Symond’s Yat Rock which offers one of the best views in the West of England. The panoramic vista across the Wye Valley also provides the opportunity to spot birds of prey, including what the RSPB considers one of the best places to watch Peregrine falcons (from April to August). Volunteers are often on hand to help get the most of the birdwatching opportunities. Distance – 4.5 miles.
A second short forest walk (lasting around half an hour) stays close to the Forest Holidays accommodation complex providing a short introduction to the Tramper and the beauty of the Forest.
The Forest Retreat reception building offers information on the local area, a shop and small cafe for refreshements before or after your walk.
Hiring the Tramper
The Tramper is available from the cycle hire centre at Forest Holidays Forest of Dean. It is available to guests staying at the Forest Holidays accommodation as well as local residents and other visitors to the area. However, as it is expected to be particularly popular with those staying at Forest Holidays advanced booking is essential to guarantee availability.
There is a hire fee of £2.50 per hour
Tramper hire at this location is part of two Heritage Lottery Fund initiatives – The Forester’s Forest led by the Forestry Commission and Heritage Ability, an initiative improving access at heritage attractions across the South West and operated by Living Options Devon (the same charity as Countryside Mobility). Delivery of the projects is being assisted locally by Forest Voluntary Access Forum through the Walking with Wheels element of The Forester’s Forest. The Tramper has been kindly sponsored by the Barnwood Trust.