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Name:Hensbarrow Downs
Hill number:19290
Height:364.6m / 1196ft
RHB Section:40: Cornwall & Devon
County/UA:Cornwall (CoU)
Catchment:Minor Rivers only (South)
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Tump (300-399m)
Grid ref:SX 00134 57478
Summit feature:vegetated rock embedded in long grass
Col:119m  SX088655  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 200
(1:25k) 106 107
Survey:Leica RX1250
Comments:Replaced 2884 Hensbarrow Beacon in Feb 2017
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 110 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Eventful! Without map struggled to find the best place to start. This walk had it all, a bramble scramble, odd quarry views, deer! I was eventually escorted off by two security men in a landrover who were helpful and friendly. They guided me to the old Marilyntumpawumpa05/10/2018
From car park on road to west. Path leads along fence to mound with trig point; (path on north side of mound avoids brambles and gorse and gives access to trig point). Continue past mound to small building. 30m south a track leads up through scrub onto access roads and easy slopes to the flat summit.Winterfloodian21/09/2018
From the north, parked beside and hopped over the no entry barrier. There is a regeneration project bill board. I would never have known it was artificial.Topographer5709/08/2018
Parked on B road to north beside low double gates at SX 00225 57899. Used zig zag track to SX 00226 57779 then aimed directly for summit over vegetated earth, rocks and stones.David Gradwell01/08/2018
Quarry workings under way on west side, so parked outside double gates on B3274 to NE of summit. Followed wide quarry road NW, then turned left for 400m before turning right up smaller path. Followed this path anticlockwise until trig point appeared due west on right when we joined a bend in a quarry road. A gap in the bank gave access to the trig point, descending a short, steep bank and making my way through gorse and bracken. After visiting trig point, headed due east to gain the plateau where a faint 4x4 track led the way directly to the summit stone - a flat, vegetated feature. 70 m further is a large rock commemorating the restoration work of David Woodland. Returned heading due N and descending to the quarry road. Hot, dry day.Dartmoorman06/07/2018
Used the Moorsman approach. Note the gate is 200mtrs along the ROW from the CP. Collected trig COU on the return. with Elizyanne. No issues.GmacT04/07/2018
Had heard so much about it that I was longing to see this hill. Great views of surrounding quarries, the trig point/summit below!! After a short time in the creation of the world, the sphagnum Moss is well established on Hensbarrow. Enjoyable walk.elizyanne04/07/2018
via trig point from 297m spot heightcjo21/06/2018
If you are climbing this hill along with the trig point, it is worthwhile bearing in mind that immediately after the trig the next 200m involve a scramble through bramble, bracken, gorse and the ascent of a short cliff face (only 20m in height). This takes longer than you might expect and is far easier done in descent on the way back. So, to reach this summit, follow the track from the car park to the west then access the quarry road through a gate after about 150m. This permits an easy walk to where the track from the trig meets it. Then head upwards across easy moorland. Take in the trig on the return journey.moorsman17/06/2018
walked from car park by masts to white trig point and onwards to the top. Very strange to see the trig so low compared to the surroundings.gettingonabit13/05/2018
Parked to west. Revisit to go to HP. Went via trig which had been to on a previous occasion when hill was still ‘active’. Easily found way from trig up to summit plateau.PeterD23/04/2018
From gate to north - pretty much straight up and down. Early morning mist so no issue about being seen!SS13/04/2018
Nice! Parking in a disused gateway opposite the old quarry buildings at the high point of the B3274, north of the hill. Waited for the torrential downpour to stop, then hopped over the barrier. Zig-zag up the track until you see a good way up the hillside on steepish, dry, mossy grass. It looks like a proper moor, except much less boggy, and is very pleasant, with good views over the china clay works and to the sea. It's quite impressive for a reclaimed hill; the restoration seems to have worked extremely well. No signs of any security vans at any time. This approach seems to be non-controversial, as there is no working whatsoever on this side.Gill25/01/2018
From double gate to the N as others. Started to zig zag up the track but then just went straight up. Nobody about because it was Sunday and a bitterly strong cold wind.clivevilla12/11/2017
6/8M parked opp quarry entrance track then straight up no issues with accessrobertphillips07/11/2017
From double gate to NE. No security presence.squeegs06/11/2017
Parked at small CP to W, walked across to the TP and fought through undergrowth to quarry road on way to summit. At hairpin, saw security pick-up coming up this road. Was told by security man that this was private land, I should leave. Explained I only wanted to get to summit, concept of Marilyns. Some debate. Said I should get in his pick-up. He took me round to a different access point, and let me out to go up to summit (greater climb than from TP). He had half an hour, so, he said, no rush (I guess when he had to check in again). Then he took me on a tour of the site and back to the CP. In the end my visit was amicable. I did 7.5 km while wife was watching first half of footy match. We spent the night in CP in our camper (with tacit approval)! If you do not want to visit the TP (e.g. if you have done it before) an approach from the NE may avoid security. NB I was dropped off N of the summit for my final ascent. From TP, go left (N) to L of hairpin, to avoid being seen from road.henryfm22/10/2017
With Izzy and rosie. Parked in small car park to west. Walked up via access roads. Nipped to trig then straight up to summit. Wandered around a bit. Not sure where exact summit is. Not sure it matters anyway. There maybe higher manmade summits near by.Longwojo12/10/2017
From car park to west via trig point. Area around trig very overgrown. We were stopped by a truck driver on our way back between summit and trig point who advised that the hill was still a working site... it didn't look like it was to us. Might be better approaching from east to avoid conflict.Kate_and_Euan19/07/2017
as for gerrybowesarranc14/07/2017
Hm - well at least the trig looks smart in its white paint.RocksRock23/04/2017
Parked in wide gateway to NE at 002579 - Up vehicle track for 400m & then made way up hillside to summit rock. Visited the David Woodland memorial plaque (Helped with the heathland regeneration) which lies 70m East at 00203 57489. Recompletes the Marilyns of England, Wales & IoM. (PM)gerrybowes21/04/2017
As GB, reclaiming this marilyn. A 35 minute walk from the east side. No access problems as work has now finished. Nature is now developing this site with many wild flowers in bloom. Keep the conservationists away and let it regenerate itself .bolton21/04/2017
Ascent to re-defined summit.richtea504021/04/2017
Both of usTonyandsue11/04/2017
Walked east from small carpark on road by aerials to newly painted white trig and then over rough grass/ gorse/bramble ( growing fast) to new summit- all very flat. Embedded rock seemed to be high point. Dreek and low visibility so no views but the weather certainly meant it felt like a mountain!Denise 19/03/2017
In thick cloud via the trig pillar. Plateau summit supporting moss/grass/reed grass/liverwort/common heather/willow and gorse. A wander (or should that be wonder) around and we conclude the top of the large almost buried boulder is the high point.RichardM19/03/2017
A revisit just to make sure. It's a slag-heap with some parts vegetated. However there are some real hills as equally unattractive.Martin R17/03/2017
Parked car at twin gates to the east. Walked more or less straight to top. No access problems anymore. 465yards from road on gps. Plaque on stone 100 yards south of top.DARRENG15/03/2017
Re-completed English, Welsh and IoM marilyns. With DARRENG.andrew brown15/03/2017
Muddy car park, wellies along muddy track to trig then an indistinct path of sorts aids upward journey to summit with Iain Brown.Dugswell209/03/2017
From small parking area near trig, straight forward up and down.rhalstead04/03/2017
From the W, small dirt car park near 297m spot height. Track goes past the trig with its fresh coat of white paint, then directly on to the higher spoil heap which has a large flat and featureless top. Small boulder embedded in grass seems to be the accepted HP, I couldn't tell as cloud down on the hill giving very low viz.jonglew21/02/2017
A preemptive strike, with Colin Crawford. On my previous visit, in 2012, I retreated when encountering machinery working on the summit area.Chris Peart16/01/2017
I travelled down for the new Hump so it made sense to revisit this one to be certain. Quite a transformation from my 2004 visitColin Crawford16/01/2017
Left EM at 03.00 on a cold misty and ultimately wet morning. Parked in wide entrance on road to east and followed numerous paths up to the summit just as it was getting light. Very murky. With AW.Campbell Singer08/12/2016
Early morning drive down to Cornwall. Gloomy climb up at dawn to new top from the north east.Alan Whatley08/12/2016
Revisit while in the area, of the now-landscaped summit. The Beacon is a poor affair nowadays, a gorsy bump at the foot of its much larger neighbour. Looked at the impressively pointy SE summit, disappointingly only about P15m.RHW27/11/2016
Easy walkHippy7705/11/2016
A walk up with my 2 daughters to the summit trig and boundary stone. We went up on to the slag heap and we were surprised by how pleasant it was with short cropped grass and great views. We saw Golden Plover, Snipe, Skylarks, Meadow Pipits as well as a Kestrel hunting. This tip should be the recognised summit. There was a plaque close to the summit in memory of Roger Woodland who helped with the rewilding.isabelle04/04/2016
Stopped off on the way to Penzance. Solo.mike.hoult03/04/2016
Done with Hensbarrow BeaconFergalh12/12/2014
A tough old scramble about in difficult vegetation! Misty day wondered where we had arrived and no wonder everyone goes to the coast down here!nickywood118/10/2014
The slag heap climbed w Jenx after the proper natural hilltop. At the time I heard an interview on TV with the CE of the clay works saying that when extraction finishes the spoil heaps will be used to fill in the quarried pits. Time will tell.nordicstar17/04/2014
Using tracks from the westAndrewFinnimore10/09/2013
Accidental ascent in heavy rain, seeking out the summit with care, thought it was the summit, but it wasn't - then.jimbloomer28/01/2013
Snowy day, visited this man made summit before descending to the summit near the trig. There was a small cairn on a large flattish area.Aye Jimmy22/12/2010
Visited the trig area (Hensbarrow Beacon) and new top (Hensbarrow Down). Explored the top of the new summit (and GPS track confirms visited the new grid reference).RobertP16/02/2010
Climbed the spoil heap first and then descended to the trig point in early evening gloom. Top wasn't vegetated at the time and I suspect the top was still being sculpted into its current shape.Herbert Anchovy22/01/2010