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Name:Hensbarrow Beacon
Hill number:2884
Height:313m / 1027ft
Parent (Ma):19290  Hensbarrow Downs
RHB Section:40: Cornwall & Devon
County/UA:Cornwall (CoU)
Catchment:Minor Rivers only (South)
Class:Clem, Unclassified
(Cm,Un)
Grid ref:SW 99682 57557
Summit feature:ground at boundary stone 8m north of trig point
Drop:6m
Col:307m  SW 9968 5750  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 200
(1:25k) 106
Observations:all visible china clay tips are higher (Abney level)
Survey:obvious summit
Comments:Replaced by 19290 Hensbarrow Downs in Feb 2017
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 197 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Met a non-SOTA radio ham broadcasting for charity on a revisit (for me) who couldn't stop thanking me for taking a portrait of him at the trig!Eddie10/07/2019
Came down here to visit the trig point after visiting the new Mayilyn top nearby. Afterwards I took the footpath north back to the main road.Father Ted05/05/2019
My 2000th log on hill baggingAlan Caine31/03/2019
After visiting the Marilyn's new location.NormanW30/03/2019
Easy but waterlogged walk from small car park at SW991575.Isbjorn04/11/2018
Directed here by security men. An oddest of topstumpawumpa05/10/2018
on return from new summit with elizyanneGmacT04/07/2018
trig point on way to marilyncjo21/06/2018
If only ascending this hill it is an easy walk from the car park to the west with the trig visible most of the way. If you are also climbing Hensbarrow Downs read on. After the trig the next 250m is through deep vegetation including brambles, gorse and bracken and includes a short, but steepish, cliff face. This is all best done in descent. The advice is to to look up the logs for the other hill and then ascend this one on the way down.moorsman17/06/2018
From car park to west en-route to Hensbarrow DownsKate_and_Euan19/07/2017
En route to re-located summit.richtea504021/04/2017
A revisit because I feel sorry for it. Poor thing has lost its status and it must be bad enough to have to put up with slags as neighbours.Martin R17/03/2017
Second visit, in the mist, with Chris Peart. The spoil heap is now transformedColin Crawford16/01/2017
Revisit en route to newly designated higher summitRHW27/11/2016
Parked in layby 992 575. Walked straight up / down path. Easy walk but boggy / wet underfoot. Great sunset views over StAustell.Hippy7705/11/2016
TD, C & H.This Dog22/10/2016
Parked in layby on B3274 to the north. Followed PF around landscaped spoil heaps to much lower trig and high point.mart079722/09/2016
Missed carpark to west and parked into the side of the road slightly to the north as was early morning. Walk to the trig was straightforward from west but some water on the path so wished I had wellies not approach shoes. Also made ascent up to plaque on actual summit to ESE on rewilded workings.Danmawr30/07/2016
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
From the west in rain and low cloud. No views. Solo. Stopped off on the way to Penzance for a few days break.mike.hoult03/04/2016
Expect to be back when higher surrounding land is given top statusBramley13/10/2015
KeithByTheC06/05/2015
A Truly Mindless Experence! Found the trig point and looked up at the St Austell Alps. I suppose we will have to come back one day when its decided that the summit is the top of one of the slag heaps. The path from the north was a prickly little number not appreciated by Mrs M.mindlessflogger09/04/2015
From N. V brambly start. Would have been better off driving up to china clay workings to W.squeegs01/04/2015
Parked in the small car park to the west (SW99230 57536) Made way along overgrown path to the boundary stone and trig point on the natural summit, a distance of less than ½km. (S)gerrybowes13/03/2015
4/7 Parked to west and went to top of landscapped slag heap may be higher yet !Fergalh12/12/2014
A short solo walk from the west in very wet onditions. Parked at 992575.bolton17/11/2014
Second visit to boundary stone top, but this time visited new top on landscaped old china clay workings.PeteF01/11/2014
From rough car park across heath land to trig point where I operated for SOTA. Thunderstorm on summit with flying sparks around our radio equipment so we packed up earlier than expected on safety grounds, it was also inclement needless to say...G4OBK (Phil)07/10/2014
Not the best of summits! Crappy weather, and lots of earth movers nearby. Got soaked. Still, picked up a couple of nearby geocaches.Munroist393525/05/2014
From the CP, soggy field, overlooked by slag heap. Bagged that just in case. W Jenxnordicstar17/04/2014
A simple walk to the trig from the free car park at the top of the road to the west.Sprog15/04/2014
Bagged whilst in the area geocaching. Nabbed trig point too. Odd being on a peak that is lower than ground (man made) around it!CornishGazza30/11/2013
From the West.tim74713/05/2013
. CreakingHiker13/05/2013
left the littered car park, walked past the summit and climbed the large tip beyond, in the poring rain - it's nearer than you think.jimbloomer28/01/2013
Trig and spoil heap from B3274 lay by near footpath. Spoil heap worth it for view if it's a clear day!Matt Hicks11/09/2012
Quick walk with Mum, up to the trig point from the north. It was misty and drizzly so we weren't tempted to explore the artificial summits - in fact you could only just see that the trig point wasn't the highest ground!davidpettit8409/10/2011
Trig set amongst stunning colours of gorse & heather. Industrial activity on the slag heaps both sides of the road, so couldn't explore either of them. However, they've clearly not reached their full height yet, so no point bagging them - stick to the twheresthepath16/09/2011
quick out and back from small parking area, weather thundery showers.stig_nest16/09/2011
Sorry to its lovers but I disliked this hill - easily amongst top three worst of 250 marilyns so far - it is just depressing and who knows which topt it the highestgigglejon04/08/2011
Snowy slopes led up to the top of the much higher man-made hill. The summit of this seemed well established and there was a small cairn. Then descended to the trig, on a small hillock.Aye Jimmy22/12/2010
Light drizzle, gale, low mist, mediocre views to sea.iangalbraith12/11/2010
Visited the trig area (Hensbarrow Beacon) and new top (Hensbarrow Down)RobertP16/02/2010
Parked in quarry entrance off road to the east and dashed up the spoil heap, descending via the official top.Herbert Anchovy22/01/2010
Continued up the now grassy spoil heap behind the 312m trig point to reach a height of 366m on my altimeter. Other nearby tips may be higher though!AndyS31/10/2009
With Kate. From car (17:20) at nearest point on road to E followed track and sometimes overgrown path to huge regrassed china clay spoil heap. Quarrying seemed active on top; couldn't find trig point. Highest pt was at edge of a crater. dbb19/09/2009
Upright stone near the trig pillar. Spoil heap to East is about 50m higher (c. 360m) - "current" top is at SX 00031 57397 on crater rim.webmaster14/08/2009
Sad little top dwarfed by the spoil heaps.Overthehilljill09/05/2009
Parked in small car park to west at SX 99230 57536. Upright stone a couple of yards from trig is obviously higher. A veil of thick mist blotted out the true ghastliness of this 'hill'. (And any possible higher point for that matter!)David Gradwell06/04/2009