Forest of Dean (1), Gloucestershire
View from Symonds Yat Rock.
Symonds Yat Rock is a cliff on the edge of the Wye Valley in Gloucestershire, but only just, and most of the view itself is in Herefordshire. It is a well known viewpoint, with Pay & Display parking facilities.
The right-hand side of the River Wye loop is the border between Gloucestershire (to the right) and Herefordshire.
The village of Symonds Yat.
Symonds Yat is a village which straddles the River Wye in Herefordshire close to the Gloucestershire border and is within a few miles of Monmouthshire and the Welsh border. It is seen here from another part of the Symonds Yat Rock viewing area.
The two settlements either side of the river are known as Symonds Yat (West) and Symonds Yat (East) and are linked by passenger ferries and a footbridge which is about a mile south of the village.
Speech House Lake.
On the B4226 road is the Speech House Hotel and following the road south down the side of the hotel will give you access to Spruce Ride. Walking about a half mile will bring you to Speech House Lake. The lake is about a quarter mile long and there is an easy path which goes around the lake making a very pleasant walk.
Water Lilies, Forest of Dean.
These Water Lilies on Speech House Lake were in flower on our visit in the middle of September and we saw more liliies on this lake and on other lakes.
Footpath, Forest of Dean.
This is part of the footpath around Speech House Lake winding its way through some fine, straight conifers.
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Fungi, Forest of Dean.
We saw these fungi whilst walking around Speech House Lake. They are obviously a bracket fungus but we are not sure which. We thought that it might be Coriolus sp. (Turkey Tail) but we could be completely wrong.