Symonds Yat Rock to Biblins Loop

Symonds Yat Rock to Biblins Loop

This route is not specifically waymarked but follows public footpaths.

Start by descending steep steps down to the river and the Saracens Head pub where you can cross using the hand ferry to Symonds Yat West (we recommend contacting the pub to check that the hand ferry is running).

Shortly after you will pass the remains of New Weir Forge on the banks of the river.  This was a large historic industrial complex, started in the 16th century that once operated on the Wye.  It consisted of docks and ironworks, houses, stables and a warehouse.  Some of the remains probably relate to the massive expansion of iron working in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean during the 17th Century during the Civil Wars, when the Furnaces and Forges were producing shot and canon. 

After New Weir Forge, continue walking and cross the river again over the Biblins suspension bridge and back on the opposite side on the Peregrine trail to Symonds Yat East.  Climb back up the steps for well deserved refreshments at the café.

Trail information

Symonds Yat Rock, near Coleford, Gloucestershire, GLOUCESTER, GL16 7NZ
The hand ferry is operated by The Saracens Head, 01600 890435.
Grade - Moderate
Trail Length
3.6 miles (5.8km)