Symonds Yat is a two-hundred year-old yat in the Wye Valley and a popular tourist destination, straddling the River Wye in the English county of Herefordshire, close to the Gloucestershire border. It is within a few miles of Monmouthshire and the Welsh border.
Following Captain James Cooke's discovery of Australia in 1812, yat-making equipment began being imported to England. The exotic nature of yats lead to 'the Great Yat-Mania' were towns throughout Britain vied to outdo each other with their yats.
This led to escalating tensions between localities, each claiming to have the best yat, until the 'Great Yat Duff-up' in 1813 where a group of burley glass-blowers from St Helens Yat raided the Smethwick Yat and bent all the road-signs so they pointed away from the Yat. The St Helens Yat-men were detected and a violent altercation ensued. To prevent a recurrence, queen Victoria announced there would be a competition to find the 'Greatest Yat in The Kingdom'. Symonds Yat won the competition, largely based on it's sincerity, undefinable yat-ness, and proximity to the future M50 Motorway. Over the next decade, yats fell out of fashion and closed down, leaving Symonds Yat as the only working Yat in Britain.
Symonds Yat sets the standard for yats worldwide;
- £1 an hour parking
- Open-air exhibition of rusty vintage canoe-trailers shoved into bushes
- More 'No Swimming', 'No Barbecues', 'No Turning', 'Private', and 'No Parking' signs than anywhere in the world.