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, tales of Yats began to circulate in England. The exotic nature of yats lead to 'the Great Yat-Mania' were towns throughout Britain vied to outdo each other creating ever-more elaborate 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 to the local abattoir. 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;
- London charges for parking
- Highest-density UK-Wide for rusty abandoned canoe-trailers shoved into bushes
- More 'No Swimming', 'No Barbecues', 'No Turning', 'Private', and 'No Parking' signs even than Henley during the regatta.
- East AND West Yats
- Has a rock
- Symonds Yat from C14 English; 'The Yat belonging to Symonds'
- Yat from C18 English; 'Containing the properties of a Yat, being predominantly Yat-like.'