We were well above the tree tops and on that tiny island I watched lambs playing and chasing each other. It is so peaceful there inspite of all the visitors and the only sounds you hear are birds singing and sheep and lambs calling to each other.
The views are amazing even on a slightly hazy day.
The river is quite winding in places and looks very peaceful at this time of year. In winter of course, it has a different mood.
There's that tiny island again down there.
This huge inland cliff is where the osprey make their nest. Unfortunately we didn't see any on the day we paid our visit but there were ravens flying around. There is quite often a member of the RSPB on duty at the viewpoint who is very well informed and happy to answer questions and share his knowledge.
We couldn't remember this walkway which is also a pedestrian bridge over the road and was built about 20years ago. My husband is looking down onto the road which is 30 or 40ft below. It must be over 25years since we last went to Symonds Yat and a lot has been done to make things easier for the visitor without spoiling the nature of the place. Instead of one large car park there are several small parking areas which seem to blend in with the woods without being to obtrusive and instead of clearing a large area for a big visitors centre, the mod-cons have been dotted about. There is a log cabin selling souvenirs and excellent refreshments with picnic tables so you don't even have to wonder where to sit. They've even provided a toilet block - very useful but it too seems to blend in and not spoil the surroundings. We mustn't leave it another 25years before we go there again. I've just worked out how old we'd be if we did!!