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Stratford-upon-Avon and the Heart of England Sights

Symonds Yat and King Arthur's Cave

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  • Ross-on-Wye
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Six miles south of Ross-on-Wye, outside the village of Symonds Yat (a local dialect word for "gate"), the 473-foot-high Yat Rock commands superb views of the River Wye as it winds through a narrow gorge in a great 5-mile loop. It's best approached from the south on B4432, from which it's a short walk. A small ferry takes passengers across the river (£1). About a mile northeast of Symonds Yat is King Arthur's Cave; although any link to the legendary monarch is, well, just a legend, several important Paleolithic finds have been made in the cave, including flint tools and the bones of a woolly mammoth and a sabre-tooth cat. Today it is home to a colony of bats. To find the cave, take the exit marked Symonds Yat West from A40. Park at the rest area just before Downard Park camp site and follow the track a short way into the woods.

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Symonds Yat, Ross-on-Wye, England

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