Coppett Hill

Overview
This is the landmark hill which forms the classic view from the Symonds Yat Rock viewpoint and is surrounded by a major meander of the river Wye. Most of the hill is a Local Nature Reserve of over 100 hectares managed by the Coppett Hill Trust (with assistance from HWT). The full walk up to the trig point, across the ridge and back alongside the river is 8km/4 hours. Views of Brecon Beacons and Malvern Hills from trig point.

Directions, parking, access times and other facilities
Map reference: SO 576 189
Sat Nav/Post Code: HR9 6JF (approx.)

Vehicular access: From B4229 near Goodrich head into the village signed Goodrich Castle. Take the first right turn after Goodrich primary school towards Welsh Bicknor. After 300m up hill, limited parking on road-side near to green triangle/island. Or park at the castle (fee) and walk to map ref.

Access by foot: Public access from various points (see below).

Other facilities: Refreshments and toilets are available at:
The Hostelrie, Goodrich:  http://www.thehostelrieatgoodrich.co.uk/ or
Goodrich Castle: www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/goodrich-castle/

Maps:
Ordnance Survey Explorer 189 & Landranger 162
OS Map View (1:25,000)

Recommended birding walk
From the parking spot by the triangle, go up the road to the right and immediately take steps on the left up into the woods. Follow this (quite steep) path up to trig point and folly then go along the ridge and down through the woods to the river just below Coldwell Rocks where the Symonds Yat peregrines nest. Turn right and follow the river then through a couple of gates. Stay on the track and then go right into the Nature Reserve at a stile before the farm cottages. Follow path through woods which will (eventually) lead back to the parking spot.

What to see:
Resident Mandarin, Linnet, Kingfisher, Treecreeper, Raven, Buzzard, Peregrine, Goosander, Goldcrest.
Also Goshawk and Red Kite (source RSPB sightings from Yat Rock)
Winter Redwing, Fieldfare, Mistle Thrush, Goosander + big Cormorant roost.
Summer Redstart and Tree Pipit, also Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, Garden Warbler.
Spring/autumn Stonechat, Whitethroat, Grey Wagtail.
Resources:
www.coppett-hill.org.uk Local information about Coppett Hill Trust and walks on the hill. On sale at Goodrich Castle shop.
Nearby sites:
Hartleton Lakes, Wilton River Wye, Garway Hill, Sellack River Wye