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Name:Beacon Batch
Hill number:2891
Height:325m / 1066ft
RHB Section:41: South Central England
County/UA:Somerset (CoU)
Catchment:Axe (Weston), Catchment Boundaries
Watershed:Severn Estuary
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Tump (300-399m), Clem
Grid ref:ST 48464 57270
Summit feature:trig point on mound
Col:88m  ST962905  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 172 182
(1:25k) 141
Observations:tumulus 20m E is 20cm lower; tumulus 50m E is 30cm lower
Survey:Abney level
GPS data:show GPS entries for this hill

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Ascent from Ellick House to Beacon Batch; East to Wireless Station and south to Blagdon Farm Hill where HP is on road. Descent south through fields to Blagdon and then up and west back to start. Sunny and breezy spring day. 4.81miles; walking time 2hrs,10mins; average speed 2.2mph.Howards22/03/2020
Run up from Churchill along the Limestone Link. Weather was sunny with blustery showers and cool. Few walkers about. Saw Green Woodpecker, Crows, Wood Pigeon, Meadow Pipits, Robin Blue Tits and Blackbird. Descended through Rowberrow. Time 76 minutes for 9.18 miles.isabelle01/03/2020
Night run from Churchill along the Limestone link to the summit. Went back through Rowberrow Warren and Rowberrow.isabelle03/02/2020
Run up from Churchill along Limestone Link. Weather was mild with a few light showers but some sunshine. Saw a Raven. Plenty of people on the summit area. Time 75 minutes for 9.25 milesisabelle12/01/2020
Run up from Churchill while my daughter was skiingisabelle15/12/2019
a 10.5 mile run from Churchill Ski centre along in parts a very muddy Limestone Link. Views from the summit were limited as cloud base was about 300 metres. It was mild. Time taken 90 minutes. Wildlife seen Roe Deer, Buzzard and Raven.isabelle24/11/2019
From Burrington village via Burrington Combe.IanHHill07/10/2019
Parked in a Car Park to the N. Easy walk up to the Trig.fosal2901/09/2019
Second of 3 walks today courtesy of the U2 bus: Havyatt Green - Beacon Batch - Rickford Hill - Havyatt Green.Mark Jackson01/08/2019
Cycled up from my home in Streetisabelle31/07/2019
Parked in car-park by the rock climbing wallStevooo27/04/2019
Here for the trig point TP:UK log: Lovely easy walk from masts, good parking at reservoir (N51° 18.477' W2° 43.234' ST 49871 56788). #1 of the trip on the way to Okehampton for the annual trig baggers meet. In good company with Coinneach Hutch. High point of the Mendips apparently.thejackrustles28/03/2019
Run up from the top of Cheddar Gorge via Black Rock, Velvet Bottom and Rains Batch. It was sunny and pleasant with no wind saw my first Wheatear of the year. Good views to as far Dartmoor. Time taken 65 minutes for 8.5 miles.isabelle25/03/2019
7.5m Circular Walk Starting from Cheddar Gorge, lovely and quietJephcote8323/03/2019
From car park near Ellick on B3134. A sea of mud to wade through just after the start.NormanW09/02/2019
Route: Shipham – Beacon Batch – Velvet Bottom – Cheddar Cliffs – Cheddar Gorge. Stats: 5hrs14, 13.63km, 416.1m ascent. Weather: claggy for most of day, but ended with glorious sunshine above Cheddar Gorge for sunset. Notes: spent c. 30 minutes at sunset taking photos from Cheddar Cliffs; OODS walk.millionmts19/01/2019
From CP near Ellick farm. Drizzle, intensified by stiff breeze, visibiltiy 100m. Bit wet at the end.iangalbraith07/01/2019
Pleasent drive and walkkatreides788722/12/2018
Usual running route from the top of Cheddar Gorge. Cool day with a brisk east wind. Saw a few Crows Pigeons and a Raven but little else. Wasn’t as wet as I was expecting underfoot. Reasonable views but it was a milky sky so this was limiting.isabelle13/12/2018
Circumnavigated Black Down, led by Dave W. Investigated cave entrances including Bos Swallet and Reads Cavern. Visibility at summit was only about 100m, so not able to appreciate the view!Speleoprez23/11/2018
Walk with Suzanne from Cheddar Gorgedc9617/11/2018
4rd Marilyn of the day on way down to Cornwall to see Steve/Charlie/Harris. Walked up from Burrington Ham car park.Longwojo18/09/2018
From Burrington Ham car park.Winterfloodian16/09/2018
Walk up from Tynings Farm with my Mum and the children.isabelle31/08/2018
Usual run up from the top of Cheddar Gorge. Was cloudy but fairly warm with the threat of rain in the air. I saw a Buzzard, Skylarks, Meadow Pipits, Magpie and Stonechats.isabelle11/08/2018
From the south. Nice, but stick to marked paths. Direct route encounters two parallel BWF's with a bramble ditch in between.Topographer5708/08/2018
Lovely varied walk with clear pathsejjohnstone11/07/2018
Walk up from Tynings farm with the girls. Was rather overcast and breezy. Very dry underfoot for a change. Views across the Severn to Cardiff and to Minehead and Exmoor.isabelle17/06/2018
MC. Round trip in just over 20 mins.Martin6617/06/2018
Parked at Higher Burrington CP ( Burrington Ham). Walked uphill for 100m, crossing road and took well signposted bridleway. Passed through one gate and followed central path, gently curving L uphill, leading directly to summit TP mounted on the summit mound ( with accompanying horses). Overcast but clear visibility over Severn Estuary to Wales. Dry underfoot, so no issues with mud. Very pleasant, easy walk.Dartmoorman04/05/2018
Usual running route up from Black Rock Quarry. Still a lot of snow on the ground following the blizzard of 1st March. Saw nobody else out. Drifts along Rains Batch were 10-15 feet high. Most of the top area was snow free. Saw Kestrel, Raven, Crows, Winter Thrushes and a Pheasant and a Rabbit. Did 7.5 miles took 1 hour 20 mins due to the snow drifts.isabelle04/03/2018
Storm Georgina meant this was a rather damp walk, involving a stream cum bridleway, a muddy morass, and then a boggy motorway to the top. Nice hill, but too popular for its own good?Gill24/01/2018
Usual run from Black Rock Quarry. Put up a Snipe near the summitisabelle13/01/2018
Busy car park on B3134. Muddy path past Black Mount (Ellick House). Very muddy cow field as enter open access land but vere left and uphill to find established path to tree then left fork to summit.SteveSmith10/01/2018
Early morning with K from road end at masts to eastAshley19/11/2017
7/8M in the dark from burrington cp on muddy tracks/paths.robertphillips08/11/2017
7.5 mile circuit of Beacon Batch from Black Rock Quarry. Now feels like early Winter. Took 65 minutes for 7.5 miles. Only wildlife was a few Meadow Pipits. Plenty of people out and Mountain Rescue and lots of school groups.isabelle05/11/2017
With jess and tom.Friesidepixie29/10/2017
8.5 mile circular run from the top of Cheddar Gorge near Black Rock Cottageisabelle29/10/2017
From Burrington Combe car park, up via West Twin Brook, limestone link east then direct to summit. Descended via Black Down and bridleway to Link. An enjoyable round trip.AlanD06/09/2017
with Charlotte and Noahcraigfoley27/08/2017
with Mum and Dadnoahfoley27/08/2017
With Tony Gordon.zoob11/08/2017
Dedicated parking area alongside the road just east of north. Short walk down the road then a path all the way to the summit. 2.56km return 30 minutes.moorsman28/06/2017
From Burrington Combe. Nice circular walk and great views into Bristol channeltwg2726/06/2017
TD, C & HThis Dog01/06/2017
My 100th Marilyn! From the car park in Burrington Combe, up through wood and along Limestone Link to the east before picking up a path to the summit. We continued west and then dropped down the path beside West Twin Brook back into the wood. A lovely hill with great views on a beautiful day. With Keith, Aunty Eilidh and baby Ross.islamidget27/05/2017
Walk up from Black Rock Quarry at the top of Cheddar Gorge. Lovely sunny Spring day. Few people on the summit. On the way back saw a stunning Male Redstart. Distance 5.1 miles in 1 hour 40 minutes. Went through Long Wood on the way back, it was a lovely sea of blue.isabelle22/04/2017
Parked at 489582. Easy parking, walked back up road to Elwick House and followed path as on OS map, great views of Blagdon lake, Chew Valley lake and Bristol Channel.Hippy7720/04/2017
Both of usTonyandsue07/04/2017
Cheddar Gorge too, very muddyTeasyChris26/02/2017
4/5 Marilyns today. From car park to north up past Ellick House through mudbath then on up track to summit returning more to the east.SS05/02/2017
Came up from the north where there is a car park but don't do what I did and set off up the wrong hill - travelling under the influence of SatNav can disorientate you at times! Pretty crowded up here today even though its December. Had to wait for a noisy family to vacate the mound before I could make my final ascent.Father Ted17/12/2016
Walked up from Tynings farm with daughter Amelia. Good view down Channel and over to Pen y Fan. We saw Pied Wagtail, Kestrel and Meadow Pipits. Weather closed in with rain on the return. Took an hour there and back.isabelle15/10/2016
An evening stroll on the way to Plymouth from Elick farm . Apparently much visited Mendips high point on one of several tumuli amongst heathland.Denise 07/10/2016
Just dodged a bit of rain quick way up from the road leading to cheddar gorge.nickywood109/09/2016
Large car park at 489581, followed footpath which starts a few tens of metres SE on opposite side of road. Took the more direct track up hill which petered out into grass humps. Would have been better to take the right hand track which I followed down from trig.rogreeves01/09/2016
Short walk from lane. Finally logged at four attemptRamblingpaul24/08/2016
Nice walk from Cheddar along North side of gorge, and continuation through Velvet Bottom nature reserve and Blackmoor, up Rains Batch road and up to Beacon Batch, headed West then South to Tynings farm then straight across to Warrens Batch road back to Cheddar, 9 Miles in dull weather.DanTrig11/06/2016
A walk up from Tynings farm it was warm with a fresh breeze. Good views today to Dunkery Beacon, Steep Holm, Flat Holm, Pen y Fan, Black Mountains, Bristol and the rather quiet Airport.isabelle31/05/2016
started in car park base of dolebury hill along the hill through the woods to the moor and trig point, down to burrington combe then followed edge of moor to the woods and back to car.orbit bad15/05/2016
Very pleasant if windy climb from car park at top of Burrington Coombe.Cas-gwent10/04/2016
Solo walk from Sandford Quarry via the wonderful Dolebury Warren hillfort, skies clearing as I went. Walked up from the plateau to the northwest, via the damaged Bronze Age barrows on Black Down. The summit is the centre of a really impressive barrow cemetery of 7 barrows, all large and mostly intact. Good to see the signs advising people to stay off them to avoid erosion. Great views right across to Exmoor and the mountains of South Wales. From here headed to Cheddar via the path above the gorge, making for a tiring finish over rough terrain.thesweetcheat02/04/2016
Up from car park near Ellick Farm. Bracing, wet and windy.squeegs26/03/2016
From Burrington Ham CP near Ellick Farm. Quite muddy in placesr.ashwell11/03/2016
Walk up from Tynings Farm. It was mild and breezy with lots of cloud. It was muddy in places. I saw a few Snipe, Meadow Pipits and Fieldfares and a Roe Deer. No other walkers we about.isabelle14/12/2015
Solo.simon and co04/12/2015
Run from Black Rock in Cheddar Gorge.tomd407/10/2015
Whilst on holiday in Glastonbury.Kate_and_Euan30/09/2015
Otis and AlanGlenford06/09/2015
Parked on road by Ellick House. VERY muddy!Poolton12331/08/2015
Parked off road at Ellick. Paths to TP. Solo. Great viewpoint.mike.hoult09/08/2015
With Minnie from top of Burrington Combe, easy up to barrows & trig, down Black Down to Rods Pot & back to car, followed by a drive down Cheddar Gorge, warm sunshine light cool breeze, dry+++apricorum22/04/2015
Up from the road at Ellick. A crisp, sunny winter's day with frost on the ground, though very muddy in parts. The Splott steelworks (adjacent to my house) visible across the Bristol Channel.huwthomas18/01/2015
4/6 Interesting climb up from North East from main road. Again slippery when wet ! but interesting top with ancient monument nearbyFergalh26/11/2014
Trig, second visit.PeteF25/10/2014
Parked at the drive end for Ellick House by the information board. It took less than 20 minutes to reach the summit. Operated on HF for SOTA before leaving to heading off to Long Knoll.G4OBK (Phil)17/07/2014
From Cheddar with Mr Bailey via the eastern side of the gorge and the extremely dull North Somerset county top. Excellent views once the rain stopped.Richard07/06/2014
Parked at Burrington Ham car park 489581 – Walked up road for about 120m to start of bridleway – Up bridleway and path to summit. (Solo)gerrybowes04/03/2014
Taken in on a 40 mile bike ride from Street. Although I left the bike at the col with the radio mast hill as no bikes were permitted on the top. It was a gloomy relatively mild day it was clear enough to just see the Welsh Coast, Steep Holm and Flat Holm.isabelle18/11/2013
From CP on B3134tim74706/09/2013
. CreakingHiker06/09/2013
SOTA with Alastair M0TYMM0YDH11/08/2013
Via Ellick HouseBramley08/06/2013
After memorising the route from a map viewed in a local garage, we set off from the B3134 and battled with the blinding light of a fast setting sun. After a bit of a struggle we reached the summit of the Mendips and were rewarded with fine views over Weston super mare and into Wales. Now I know how Hillary, Herzog and Buhl must of felt. After planting the summit flag, I congratulated Mrs Mindless flogger and gave her a big hug - I wouldn't have made it without her. The descent was uneventful - no problems with altitude sickness were encountered.mindlessflogger05/05/2013
BillyPete Pozman16/02/2013
Just 20 minutes from the road and worth the detour on our way to Blagdon Hill Farm despite the very muddy conditions.Newton Maximus28/12/2012
Start: Aveline's Hole(?!). Notes: via Rod's Pot, along edge of conifer plantation and across Black Down to summit. Returned via Burrington Ham. Muddy.raffemeister16/12/2012
Parked van at ST489580. circular walk that included top of North Somerset. Rather grey day views limitedOverthehilljill30/09/2012
Up the paths from hiding the bike near the car park on the road bend. Chestnut ponies standing sentry on the tumuli.Eddie20/07/2012
W Jenx from Ellick HO on B3134. Lots of off road and CP parking. Easy up horsey lane to top. Good views. Struck by absence of wind farms in view, cf a similar location in Scottish Borders!nordicstar13/05/2012
parked off the minor road to south of summit. lovely day, bit cold though..wild ponies around summit areastig_nest16/11/2011
From Tynings Farm up to trig pointMariana Trench01/10/2011
Lovely hill - up from B road to north in glorious sunshinegigglejon03/08/2011
G TIdris16/07/2011
Climbed from road, near Ellick House. Work was in progress to restore the area around the barrow and trig point.Isambard14/03/2011
A foggy day for my last English Marilyn! Ascent from Ellick House.Aye Jimmy18/02/2011
Train to Weston Super Mare, bus to Cheddar, walked up from there via Warrens Hill Road. It took an hour and twenty minutes and was straightforward, if a little dull and laborious in places. Very muddy paths on summit dome.johnabutler207/10/2010
From Ellick House- easy to park on B3134 layby. Did a E-W route over the heath, over the top. Returned at a lower level with some views over Barrington Combe. Cloud lifting off Mendips, then sun felt warm.pwheeler29/06/2010
Been here a few times, great viewskingfu01/11/2009
From the car park on the B3134 - easy climb on excellent paths.David Gradwell02/10/2009
Walked up from Blagdon village using the footpath at swymmer's cottage to the wireless station then clear footpath to the trig pillar.Some nice views down to Weston .Then walked to Burrington combe to see the impressive cliff wallshodder09/09/2009
Walked up with the bairn from the car park to the NE and then headed on to Blagdon Hill Farm. Grand views and plenty of bluebells!Herbert Anchovy22/05/2009
Walk included a round above Cheddar Gorge.Man of Kernow122/05/2009
Circular walk from Cheddar, walk up one side of the gorge and looped around down the other. Good views from the top, shame about the motorsport noise all day.rhalstead01/03/2009
On West Mendip walk.bolton12/09/2008
Climbed while on day two of West Mendip Way. ( Batey, Dick Twitcher and Neil the Sad Light Blue)CJM12/09/2008
Easy route from obvious car park on B3134.Dugswell204/06/2008
From car park at 490580 (17:00) walked up path through heath to summit. Rain started on way down. Finished 17:45. dbb29/05/2008
Marilyn 325 - good series of tracks on the hill.Buteobuteo16/02/2008
Revisit. Stony grassy knoll amidst heather. Beeline from SSE was not a good idea: from trig a good path leads due S to meet pasture fence.RHW22/07/2007
The car park to the North East is a good place to start. The car park is not sign posted. Pleasant walk.destaylor14/05/2007
fantastic view down the bristol channel and into walesDARRENG14/08/2006
Good views from summit; completed as part of circular walk linking to the North Somerset county top at Blagdon Hill Farm and Burrington Coombe.wheresthepath26/11/2005
Makes for a good mountain bike ride. very good views obvious trig point and pathsRhayader_wander22/02/2005
Walked up from Burrington Combe after a quick trip into Goatchurch Cavern and an investigation of some pleasant sinkholes. Carried on to Cheddar Gorge from the summit.DanHolme22/02/2005
Trig pillar; car park at ST 48944 58120, start of path at Middle Ellick Farmwebmaster08/11/2003
Approached from the Blackdown Common Nature Reserve car park on the B3134. yorkie30/09/2003
from Burrington CombeMonty Cola16/12/2002
Parked at car park at the north side of this hill. Very very snowy so paths were abandoned and we head straight to the summit. Highest of the Mendip hills but the view was limited on this day.ChinnockC29/12/2001
Parked at Lower Ellick Farm and descended down the B3134 to Lionel's Hole. Made a steep ascent to the Limestone Link via East Twin Brook. Then west over West Twin Brook and then south over Black Down. From there followed paths to the summit.garyhoney21/04/2000
Date is first visit. Notes from later...heath, fair view. house on B3134 @ 490580, tks to summit RHW27/08/1999
with my lovely pal JJ from Florida and a second time with jamie 20/08/07vegibagger17/08/1997
Bagged Beacon Batch & Dundry Down after a successful meeting / interview in am. in Bristol with Steve Berry at Himalayan Kingdoms - got to lead my 1st commercial trek the following summer to K2 & Gondogaro La -exciting times.Chris Pearson14/05/1996
Parked in the Ellick Farm led a group of scouts (1st Little Stoke) to the Beacon Batch summit trig pillar (S1516) at ST 48461 57265 325.178m > Rowberrow Woods > Tyning's Farm > > Charterhouse > Ellick FarmTony Hartry IV19/02/1995
Parked in the village of Rowberrow led a group of scouts (1st Little Stoke) > Rowberrow Warren > BEACON BATCH summit trig pillar (S1516) at ST 48461 57265 325.178m > Ellick Farm > Burrington Combe > Dolebury Warren > RowberrowTony Hartry III13/11/1994
Parked in the Ellick Farm led a group of scouts (1st Little Stoke) to the Beacon Batch summit trig pillar (S1516) at ST 48461 57265 325.178m > Rowberrow Woods > Tyning's Farm > > Charterhouse > Ellick FarmTony Hartry II23/04/1994
I ran the Beacon Batch hill race when I was down in Keynsham working for Cadbury/Fry - early '90s.M3WDD05/06/1992
Parked in the Burrington Combe Garden Centre > Rowberrow Woods > Tyning's Farm > Beacon Batch summit trig pillar (S1516) at ST 48461 57265 325.178m returned via Ellick FarmTony Hartry15/05/1992
Climed via the radio mast. It was an easy walk to the trig point. Good views north over the reservoirs to Bristol.isabelle20/02/1991
Complete guess as to first date, but climbed many times, usually from Barrington Combe.douglas_easton01/07/1990
With: solo; Walked up to here as part of walk about Cheddar Gorge.Ian Baines29/09/1979
Re visited with Denise on 07/10/2016. A frighteningly long time since my original visit!RichardM15/12/1978
Breaking in army surplus boots in preparation for our first visit to the Lakes at Easter.arranc07/04/1968
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