THERE will be temporary changes to a cafe and car park, as well as temporary traffic lights, as workers start felling trees at a Herefordshire beauty spot.

There will be changes at Symonds Yat Rock, near Ross-on-Wye, this week as disease-ridden trees are felled at the popular rural spot.

Forestry England, which manages the site, said it would be removing ash trees from Symonds Yat Rock from tomorrow (Tuesday, February 28) and it plans on completing the work by the weekend.


The trees are infected with chalara, otherwise known as ash dieback.

Forestry England said it is a destructive disease that causes trees to become brittle, drop branches, or fall altogether.

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There will be restrictions at the visitor site on Tuesday, and Symonds Yat Rock Cafe will be open at the later time of 10.30am.

The disabled car park will be closed for the day, and access to the main viewpoint will be reduced while felling is taking place.

Traffic lights will be controlling traffic on the road throughout the week, and visitors have been told to follow all signage.


The iconic viewpoint at Symonds Yat, in the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is a great place to spot Peregrine Falcons, Forestry England said.

Other birds can also be seen from the viewpoint, overlooking the river Wye.

But the walkway to the main viewpoint has been shut for three weeks, apart from weekends, since January 10 for maintenance.

The area was also a filming location for Netflix series Sex Education.