Thatch Close Cottages, Llangrove, Ross on Wye, Hereford, HR9 6EL
01989 770300
Symonds Yat

Things to do

We are on the edge of the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; Gloucestershire is but a few miles distant as is Wales.

Go Ape

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The UK's No.1 Forest Adventure

The classic and original Go Ape experience. We’ll brief you for safety before you fly down our zip-wires, leap off our Tarzan Swing and tackle our crossings whilst enjoying some of Britain’s most breathtaking scenery.

We think everyone has the Go Ape spirit just waiting to be unleashed! There’s no greater rush than the great outdoors, so whether your tribe is a stag do, birthday party, corporate event or simply a day out with the kids, we make our courses as fun and as accessible as possible.

It's for anyone who likes to live life adventurously - you don’t have to be a seasoned explorer to enjoy a Go Ape experience!

Tel: 0845 643 9215
Website: www.goape.co.uk


Go Ape Junior

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Uncover a Tree Top Adventure for Junior Tarzans. Release your little monkeys onto a Go Ape course designed for them. No one loves adventure more than kids!

A fun filled experience of canopy exploring, trail blazing and obstacles for all to enjoy. You'll take on crossings over trails and finish with one awesome zip wire. Our outdoor adventure is for all abilities so explorers can uncover the forest canopy from 6 years (over 1m)!

Tree Top Junior is aimed at Mini Tarzans aged between 6 and 12 years old.

Go Ape offers award-winning outdoor adventure activities for all the family. Set within the beautiful Forest of Dean, families and friends of all ages can unleash their inner Ape on our Tree Top Adventure and Tree Top Junior. It's a day out like no other.

We think everyone has the Go Ape spirit just waiting to be unleashed! There’s no greater rush than the great outdoors, so whether your tribe is a birthday party or a day out with the kids, we make our courses as fun and as accessible as possible.

Tel: 0333 331 7842
Website: www.goape.co.uk/adventures/junior


Pedal A Bike Away

Bike on Country Path

A wide range of hire bikes are available for all ages and abilities, from learner cyclists to full on downhill racers and everything in between; including a full variety of adapted bikes.

Cycle trails for all abilities depart from our doorstep – from the fabulous 10 mile Family Trail, to the more challenging Verderers' and Freeminers cross-country trails and a wide range of full-on downhill tracks – there is literally riding for everyone!

Fantastic riders cafe with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, serving home made food, snacks and great coffees. We welcome muddy bikers, walkers, kids and dogs – warm up in front of the fire with a mug of tea and one of our legendary cakes.

Bike shop carries a huge range of bike clothing, safety equipment, parts and accessories and our fully qualified mecahnics have everything in the workshop to mend your bike and keep you riding.

Toilets, showers and bike wash available. Forestry Commission pay and display parking.

Tel: 01594 860065
Website: www.pedalabikeaway.co.uk


Forest Adventure

A family run business located in the heart of the Royal Forest of Dean, an area of outstanding natural beauty and the premier forest location in the UK.

Our highly experienced and qualified instructor team are able to provide activities suitable for all age groups and abilities. The venues and approach will vary according to the age and experience of the group concerned.

All activities are based in and around the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley, with its spectacular views. The Forest provides enormous scope for activities to suit all levels. Our activities provide a base for promoting self-esteem, co-operation and teamwork. Our instructors ensure that clients develop at their own level in a learning environment enhanced with humour and encouragement.

Activities include:

  • Canoeing
  • Climbing and abseiling
  • Caving
  • Gorge Waling
  • Raft and bridge building
  • Archery
  • Orienteering

Tel: 01594 835116
Website: www.forestadventure.co.uk


Canoe the Wye

People Canoeing

Canoeing trips down the Wye Valley based at Symonds Yat.

The river Wye is ideal for families, individuals, corporate days and large groups who want to hire a canoe at affordable simple to understand prices.

We transport you from our canoe hire centre in Symonds Yat West, up river for the start of your canoe trip and you paddle back to us.

Depending on how long you want to hire a canoe for will depend on how far upstream from Symonds Yat we will take you.

Duration Starting Point Finishing Point
1/2 Day Kerne Bridge Symonds Yat
1/2 Day Kerne Bridge Symonds Yat
1 Day Ross on Wye Symonds Yat
2 Days Hoarwithy Symonds Yat
3 Days Hereford Symonds Yat
4 Days Bredwardine Symonds Yat
5 Days Whitney Symonds Yat
6 Days Hay on Wye Symonds Yat
7 Days Glasbury Symonds Yat

Get a quote and Book online, visit our website for more details.

Tel: 01600 891100
Website: www.canoethewye.co.uk


Forest Bushcraft

Forest Bushcraft offers the highest quality of bushcraft experience and education by exploiting the vast wealth of natural resources, beautiful scenery and historic landscape of the Royal Forest of Dean. We teach all aspects of bushcraft with a friendly and enthusiastic approach.

Bushcraft is about surviving and thriving in the natural environment, and the acquisition of ancient skills and knowledge to do so. Bushcraft skills include; firecraft, tracking, hunting, fishing, shelter building, the use of tools such as knives and axes, foraging, hand-carving wood, container construction from natural materials, rope and twine-making, and many others. These are the skills used by our ancestors that enabled them to become one with the landscape in which they lived.

Our instructors provide a wealth of knowledge stemming from many years of experience in teaching bushcraft skills, hunting, fishing, tracking, foraging, expeditions to various countries as well as leading outdoor pursuit’s instruction including canoeing, kayaking, climbing and cave exploration.

Tel: 01594 835116
Website: www.forest-bushcraft.co.uk


Horse Riding

Horse Riding

We are spoilt for choice in this area, the Forest of Dean has trails through leafy glades and the centers include:

The Severnvale Equestrian Centre, identified by Horse & Hound as one of the 10 best riding centers

Tidenham,
Chepstow,
Monmouthshire,
NP16 7LL

Tel: 01291 623412
Website: www.severnvale-equestrian.com

Closer to home is Redbrook Equestrian is a friendly professionally run Riding School, Pony Club Centre and livery yard situated in Upper Redbrook near Monmouth in the beautiful Wye Valley.

Tel: 01600 715339
Mobile: 07785 568842
Website: www.redbrookequestrian.com


Fishing

People Fishing

Trippenkennet Farm lies in unspoilt Hereford countryside with two well stocked lakes and offer pleasure fishing and specimen fishing. A pleasure lake is 3 acres The specemin lake is just under 3 acres, with disabled toilets and a good path providing access to the lakes.

Tel: 01981 580442
Website: www.tkfarm.co.uk

Broadstone Farm, a small family run fishery and campsite, nestled in a quiet and unspoilt area on the English/Welsh border between the market towns of Monmouth and Coleford. Our ponds have been recently created from the renovation of a set of derelict spring fed waters.

Tel: 01600 460291
Mobile: 07980 744163
Website: www.tkfarm.co.uk

Wye Valley Adventures offer a wide range of activities including the services of a professional guide and boat hire.

Tel: 07771 114141
Website: www.wyevalleyadventures.com


Walking

Spoilt for choice, a public footpath is less than 100 yards from the cottages; the Forest of Dean and River Wye are less than 5 miles. Enjoy the peace, quiet and landscape just outside your front door.

www.wyedeantourism.co.uk has a wide range of walking possibilities, including: easy walks, walks with dogs, long distance paths and health walks.

Walking Britain offers details of local walks – www.walkingbritain.co.uk


Archery

An activity with a long history.

Newham Archery Club accommodates those who ‘want to have a go‘ to the experienced, any age, any ability

Website: www.newnhamarcheryclub.co.uk

Wye Valley Archery, a little further away a custom built course, between Chepstow and Newport. They cater for those between the ages of 4 to 70.

Tel: 01291 625861
Mobile: 07847 658653
Website: www.wyevalleyarchery.co.uk


Forest Segways at the Forest of Dean

Forest Segway

Get off the beaten track and Go Ape Forest Segway – our epic new forest adventure with a down-to-earth twist.

You can go off exploring the forest on the latest in green technology – a self-balancing electric segway.

Our two locations in the Forest of Dean – England's largest oak woodland – is arguably our most beautiful place of residency.

Mallards Pike Lake, home to our original Tree Top Adventure and Forest Segway, is a great spot for a picnic or a gentle lakeside walk.

Three miles down the road, in the heart of the forest, Beechenhurst Lodge plays host to our Tree Top Junior Adventure.

Tel: 0845 643 9215
Website: www.goape.co.uk/adventures/forest-segway


Puzzlewood

What is the magic of Puzzlewood? Could it be the maze of pathways winding through the gulley’s of moss covered rocks, the twisted roots of the Yew trees or the bridges and lookouts you can find on your way round?

JRR Tolkien is reputed to have taken his inspiration for the fabled forests of Middle Earth from Puzzlewood.

Puzzlewood has been used by the BBC for Dr Who, Merlin and Atlantis. BBC Historic Days Out voted Puzzlewood number 7 in its Top Ten Days Out for Kids.

Tel: 01594 833187
Website: www.puzzlewood.net


Clearwell Caves

Ancient Iron Mines

A natural cave system mined for iron ore for over 4,500 years and now makes a great underground experience for all the family. The caverns are very atmospheric; nine large caverns are open to the public, linked by winding passageways.

For the more adventurous visitor, small groups can go deeper into the workings to explore parts of the 600 acres of workings beyond the public area.

Tel: 01594 832535
Website: www.clearwellcaves.com/