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photoblog image Beacon Hill, Leicestershire 2/5

Beacon Hill, Leicestershire 2/5

Beacon Hill is one of the highest points in Leicestershire and is just a few miles from Loughborough. It has excellent views out to Nottingham, Derby and the Peak district Hills.  A lunchtime picnic and walk in June allowed me to take this series of images.

 

As you can see there actually is a beacon on the hill which is lit at times of national celebration when streams of beacons are lit right across the country.  Presumably in times gone by they would have been lit for warning purposes.  The trig point marker is just visible at the top of the hill.

Beacon Hill, Leicestershire 2/5

Beacon Hill is one of the highest points in Leicestershire and is just a few miles from Loughborough. It has excellent views out to Nottingham, Derby and the Peak district Hills.  A lunchtime picnic and walk in June allowed me to take this series of images.

 

As you can see there actually is a beacon on the hill which is lit at times of national celebration when streams of beacons are lit right across the country.  Presumably in times gone by they would have been lit for warning purposes.  The trig point marker is just visible at the top of the hill.

comments (14)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 5 Oct 2010, 04:02
Got some good looking grass up their, too, Brian.
Brian Walbey: yes indeed Ray, I think it is left to remain in a natural state.
  • Scotia
  • United Kingdom
  • 5 Oct 2010, 07:22
I have never seen one of these before I can see why they used these to warn others. it looks pretty big.
Brian Walbey: It is quite large Scotia, I've never been there when they light it though.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 5 Oct 2010, 07:45
It looks as if you had it all to yourself Brian
Brian Walbey: Almost to ourselves Chris, one of the benefits of being retired and going places midweek.
The Vikings are coming!! Light the beacons!
Brian Walbey: Too late Bill, they were here during the Danelaw period.
Funny how we are obsessed with beacons.
Brian Walbey: But I would think it is quite exciting to see it burning Chad.
This series has persuaded me to add another place to me ever growing list of `places to visit`! (:o)
Brian Walbey: Thanks Rosalyn. If you ever do decide to visit here let me know, we are only a ten minute drive from Beacon Hill.
Interesting terrain, I like the rock outcrop at the top.
Brian Walbey: As one walks around the area up at the top there are some wonderful rocky outcrops of Granite that are considered quite important by the scientific community I gather.
I hadn't actually seen one before and didn't realise they still lit them
Brian Walbey: Yes it is lit at times when they have a national occasion for lighting them throughout the country Janet.
Lovely composition Brian. I really like the perspective here!
Brian Walbey: Many thanks Richard.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 5 Oct 2010, 13:05
The grass is high it is almost hidding the stone wall
Brian Walbey: They let a lot of the grass remain in its natural state away from the footpaths and parking areas.
A very nice composition Brian with the lone tree filling in nicely that bit of space to the right of the Beacon, well done, like it loads.
Brian Walbey: Thanks george. The lone tree version is on here on Wednesday.
We had a beacon like this near where we lived in England. I believe it was lit once - for the Millenium I think. (But I could be wrong on that).
Brian Walbey: I know for certain this one was lit for the Millenium Sheila.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 5 Oct 2010, 22:49
Now I would have thought that the beacon would have been on top of the hill for maximum visibility. Good to see one of the obsolete Mad House things still in situ. I like the depth you've got in the image.
Brian Walbey: Yes I can't understand why it isn't nearer the top Alan. I take it that your Mad House mob don't refer to trig points anymore then.
got the same fire beacons at sunderland, think they were used as signals as well as warnings , nice shot Brian
Brian Walbey: I think you are right Derek going back through history, bit like Red Indians and smoke signals.

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