Name:Hensbarrow Downs
Hill number:19290
Height:364.6m / 1196ft
Section:40: Cornwall & Devon
Col:119m  SX088655  
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Entry no.Date recordedGrid Ref.Feature / Observations / SurveyRecorded byStatusSubpointLatest review
1739729/11/2016SX 00134 57478  F: vegetated rock embedded in long grass
O: It's not possible to say that this is undoubtedly the highest point, in view of the vegetation, but it's a good summit marker and I couldn't find anything higher.
S: Leica RX1250
1739926/12/2016SX 00132 57483  F: Embedded stone
O: Without being aware of the stone mentioned by alda, it's the point that seemed to me to be the top.
1740422/12/2010SX 00135 57486  F: Small cairn on flattish area.Aye Jimmy

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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
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
Glad now that I ventured to the highest looking ground on my ascent of the beacon. Time now not wasted!moorsman18/06/2016
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
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
After visiting trig on Hensbarrow Beaconcitygent20/06/2009
Visited with Ian after bagging Hensbarrow Beacon. Still had time to do three other Cornish Marilyns on the same day.chriswatson18/11/2008
Bagged the summit as somebody with a cross and I saw it at the time. You'd have needed to get there before Start of next Day to confirm it because the day shift were moving it about. Assuming that the new, permanent summit is a bit higher, more likely lower, maybe left a bit or right s bit. 50p says it's not where it was 19/04/2008.Eddie19/04/2008
Unstable on first ascent in 2008. Grassy and settled on top on the second visit in late 2016.mae15/03/2008
Confirmation of ascent to re-defined summit on 21/04/2017.richtea504029/11/2007
Hensbarrow revisited at new location on 1st April 2017 (did wonder who was the fool!)Tony S12/04/2007
With: hb sb ab; Parked at quarry entrance to W by radio masts then walked to Trig Point. From here we scrambled up the waste E of trig to locate the summit somewhere about SX000573.Ian Baines03/08/2003
Of course Judy and I went to the highest point.GordonAdshead01/09/2000
Spoil heap overtops trig point, cairn @ 000575, track goes most of way. Track from road summit @ 992575RHW28/08/1999
Because this is a bing, not a real hill, I no longer collect marilyns or report my totals to bingsoc. However I have logged this so that I can still use hillbagging as a counter for no of natural p150s visited. This summit did not even exist when I bagged Hensbarrow Downs.fasgadhblank
Note: local information is that all the china clay tips etc re regularly patrolled by security, weekdays AND weekends to deter local children/youths from clambering around.............RocksRockblank