Pretty much everyone knows the iconic view of the River Wye from Yat Rock at Symonds Yat. It is regularly featured as one of the top destinations and views in the country. Yet, the part that everyone misses is what this image is actually a view over: Coppet Hill. This little known hill has big aspirations and is not only a stunning nature reserve but was also used as a location for Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows. But, the best bit is that this little hill is just 5 minutes from my house and provides some stunning walks..........read on for more 'keeping it local' inspiration.
It was a beautiful day, mild with broken skies which brought forth some stunning cloud breaks allowing the sun to bleed down on the hillside. Being late afternoon the valleys were shrouded in shade and there were glimmers of mist along the river. We had family staying so we wanted to show off and this was the perfect location. This walk gives you height, views, woodland, the River Wye and exceptional vistas of Symonds Yat rock from below. And for those Harry Potter nerds you can walk along the river on the very spot that Harry, Ron and Hermione did in the film.
But besides all the glamour of being on a film location, Coppet Hill is just stunning. You walk up to the trig point where, on a clear day, you can see over to the Black Mountains, The Malverns, May Hill and even the Shropshire Hills. It is breath taking. Then you follow the path in to the woodland where, if you are lucky (and very quiet!) you can see deer and wild boar.
As you walk along this path, if like us it is late Autumn then keep an eye out as there are a couple of apple trees and their bounty was simply delicious! Kept us all going as we headed down the other side of the hill and came out on that iconic field alongside the River Wye below Yat Rock. We were able to look up and wave at everyone with their binoculars seeking for the Peregrine Falcons which have made this place their home. It was wonderful to walk along the river as the sun glinted off the side of the woods.
This is a walk I could easily do regularly as it changes so much with every season; the light, the colours and the sounds. A little piece of heaven that so many people gaze at but never actually get to experience.
Go on, think local this weekend and seek out a little piece of magic close to home.
To Outdoors & Beyond.