The temperature was supposed to reach the high 20s today so we headed off to the beautiful hamlet of Symonds Yat, situated on the edge of the Forest of Dean and overlooking the river Wye.
It is a very popular spot for canoeists and kayakers, with launch points along the bank. You can walk up to Yat Rock and look out over the Wye Valley but as it was so hot we decided we’d do it another day! You can walk along the river bank for miles into Monmouth or you can take the hand pulled ferry across to the other side of the river.
The road into and out of the village is very narrow and it was interesting to see everyone trying to navigate their way into the few car parks – it would definitely be easier to visit here mid-week.
There are river cruises that can be taken from the village run by Kingfisher Cruises, their details can be found at www.wyenot.com. They last around 40 minutes and are priced very reasonably at £5.50 for adults, slightly less for children and the boats look beautiful.
Having walked along the river we went for lunch at The Royal Lodge where we were able to sit outside in the shade, people watching over a pint of lemonade!
We left it until as late as possible before we attempted to leave the hamlet but by the time we left our car was all on its own! As the weather was still glorious when we got back to site we grabbed our chairs and a drink and went and sat down by the lake for a couple of hours. Such a hard life…