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photoblog image Beacon Hill Re-visited  #4/4

Beacon Hill Re-visited #4/4

Last year I posted a short series taken at Beacon HIll, a popular spot on a very high point in Charnwood Forest, just South of Loughborough.  This short series was taken recently when we took our lunch up there on a nice sunny day.

 

This one is especially for Alan, the trig point marker at the top of Beacon Hill, 802 feet above sea level and the second highest point in Leicestershire.

 

On a really clear day, which this wasn't sadly, one can see right across to the Derbyshire hills in one direction, the Eastern Leicestershire hills in another, Nottingham, Derby and Leicester, and it is said, Boston Stump in Lincolnshire on a really good day.

Beacon Hill Re-visited #4/4

Last year I posted a short series taken at Beacon HIll, a popular spot on a very high point in Charnwood Forest, just South of Loughborough.  This short series was taken recently when we took our lunch up there on a nice sunny day.

 

This one is especially for Alan, the trig point marker at the top of Beacon Hill, 802 feet above sea level and the second highest point in Leicestershire.

 

On a really clear day, which this wasn't sadly, one can see right across to the Derbyshire hills in one direction, the Eastern Leicestershire hills in another, Nottingham, Derby and Leicester, and it is said, Boston Stump in Lincolnshire on a really good day.

comments (14)

  • Chris
  • England
  • 9 Jun 2011, 08:02
They don't use these things any more Brian but I'm glad they survive as a reminder of the highest points in the land
Brian Walbey: So am I Chris, they are still a little part of our heritage, so much of that is going these days.
All about GPS etc. I still favour this visual indication of high points. The view looks promising even on such a day
Brian Walbey: There are great views from here Martin.
what a wide view you have there over the hills
Brian Walbey: great views in all directions Chantal.
Quite a rocky landscape.
Brian Walbey: It is a very rocky area being mainly Granite apparently dating back to the earliest of times.
The view still looks good even on a hazy day, Steve remembers it well Brian smile
Brian Walbey: I'm glad Steve remembers this place Linda, there is a good view over Loughborough from here.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 9 Jun 2011, 11:23
Lucky trig point to have this outlook constantly.
Brian Walbey: Yes indeed Ray although if the weather is a bit rough then it isn't an ideal place to be, I have laid into the wind up there and not fallen over.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 9 Jun 2011, 16:20
All the way to Boston - now that would be seeing "clearly". Pleasing composition Brian.
Brian Walbey: Lol. Thanks Mike.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 9 Jun 2011, 18:40
Is this as big as it looks or is the scale confusing? I've only ever seen small trig points. Would love to be able to spot the Boston Stump!
Brian Walbey: No it is the usual size Ingrid, I just got down low to get this angle and the rocks on which it stands. I suspect one would need binoculars to see as far as Boston Stump to be honest.
Excellent series Brian
Brian Walbey: Many thanks Richard, home ground for us of course.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 9 Jun 2011, 19:04
Well, that's a surprise. I never expected to see it rocky up there; I would have thought it was a grassy area.
Brian Walbey: It is very grassy Alan but the trig is on a small mound of rocks, in fact the granite hills here are some of the oldest in history so the scientists say.
I couldn't figure out the scale of things until you mentioned the trig point! I thought it was some kind of small house!
Brian Walbey: I got right down low to get it from this angle Tom which is why it looks so big.
Rugged rocks, always interesting when geological features seem so different from the surrounding terrain.
Brian Walbey: The whole area is Granite apparently dating back to the beginning of the Earth John, perhaps one day I will show some images of the rocky outcrops here.
I like your beacon Brian.... you have still captured a great landscape for a misty day....great framing with the beacon just left of center....petersmile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Peter. The beacon is actually an old fashioned trigonometrical point as used for the display of heights on maps and so forth. These days of course gPS has taken over.
These rocky outcrops in Charnwood Forest always seem misplaced to me, being so much south and east. I remember a herd of cattle with spectacularly long horns in the woods just down to the right of here.
Brian Walbey: A local farm breeds these Longhorn Cattle and they are often let loose to roam and graze on Beacon Hill to keep the grass cropped. I posted this last year (if the link works) http://brianaw.shutterchance.com/photoblog/Beacon_Hill%2C_Leicestershire_5%A3%21%3Bslash%A3%21%3B5_/

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