Today was an inpromtu visit to Symonds Yat in the Forest of Dean. It is only an hour at the most drive for us but such a tranquil place consisting of water, forest, wildlife, exercise and fresh air!
We were armed with rucksack, packed lunch and two happy dogs ready for a days adventure.
Here is what we got up too.
We started at the top of Symonds Yat Rock which has a famous vantage point and regular visitors from RSPB. We then worked down the very steep windy track to the rivers edge and followed the path along to Bibblins and across the bridge, (which for anyone that knows me will know was quite an achievement to get across!). Then a lovely stroll through the woods on the other side of the bank.
We then reached the ferry crossing but unfortunately due to the very fast flowing and high river the hand drawn ferry which I was really looking forward to go on was not running so back the way we came. This turned out to be great as we spotted an awesome waterfall in the woods and a massive mushroom growing which my £2 coin shows the size it was.
Then a VERY steep climb and lots of stop to regain oxygen and we were back at the top. Brilliant day all round.