Cinderford – Lydbrook – Symonds Yat (15Km)

Symonds Yat WalkThis weekend I headed out into the Forest of Dean for a walk from Cinderford to Symonds Yat. On arrival in Cinderford I headed down to my sister’s house where I caught up with my favourite nieces and the three dogs. I then set out with my brother in law out in to the forest and across towards Lydbrook. The forest was alive to the sound of a rally car race – several of the tracks were therefore closed off. We made good time before meeting the river at Lower Lydbrook before picking up the riverside track and following the meander down to Symonds Yat. A steep climb up to the lookout followed before heading back down the road on the other side to meet the rest of the family in the Saracen’s Head and a well earned bowl of chips and a pint (or in my case, two).  We continued along the old railway track before turning back and heading up through the trees in search of a cave,  much to Holly and Emily’s delight. I had brought my swag cooking utensils with the full intention of sleeping in the cave. Unfortunately the weather was forecast to turn for the worse in the night so I wisely decided to return to Cinderford and spent the evening entertaining the dogs and the girls. In total we walked around 18Km  -a thoroughly enjoyable day. True to form the rain arrived during the night and continued for the whole of Sunday. Rebekah and Tim joined us for Sunday lunch. I headed back to Swindon in the afternoon.