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Name:Barr Beacon
Hill number:5556
Height:227m / 745ft
Parent (Ma):2870  Walton Hill
RHB Section:39: Central and Eastern England
County/UA:Walsall (UA)
Catchment:Trent
Class:Tump (200-299m), Current County/UA Top
(Tu,2,CoU)
Grid ref:SP 06117 97275
Summit feature:small grassy mound
Drop:82m
Col:145m  SK053048  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 139
(1:25k) 220N
Observations:mound is 10m S of war memorial, itself on large, man made, grassy mound; trig point is 120m S at SE 06071 97385
Comments:Summit re-located from trig at SP 06071 97385 in July 2012. Trig sits on man made reservoir embankment.
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Notes:
  • Walsall current county/UA top

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 114 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Popped up here after playing with brass bar d at Rotary fun run in Walsall arboretum. Fascinating views for one used to looking this way from Shropshire!tumpawumpa23/09/2018
Easy. Large walkers car park. Even found the top. No view too misty.Play2End12/08/2018
After 7 months inactivity due to injury, started on this easiest of Tumps. Great viewsclimbingkershaw30/06/2018
4th tump of 5 today having climbed Wrottesley hill and Tettenhall wood from Albrighton then Church hill from Wednesbury metro station i took the 79 bus to Wet Bromwich bus station and the no. 5 to Pheasey, alighting at Collingwood Drive jct then i climbed up via the main road cutting across to minor road near school then onto Beacon Way to cross the road into the country park, and over to summit and war memorial, i then investigated the highest point on the reservoir before dropping onto a track onto the main road and the nearest bus stop near service station for the next bus towards Shireoaks hill.Dazingdale23/06/2018
A day trip down to Birmingham to collect a speaker cabinet...and 15 new hills completed on the journey :) All done by the simplest methods already given by othersthe_adam27/01/2018
With the Network of Ley Hunters.beorwulf09/09/2017
Parked down on Sutton road and walked up through woods to unbelievably stumble across 2 people having sex. Welcome to walsallThe-Z-Man29/08/2017
Did both new and former tops - needed the trig which is at the former, on a covered reservoir.jonglew24/08/2017
Very easy to new re-located summit near memorial, not quite so to get to original one which has a trig. Found missing metal bar in fence eventually, then it's easy but long wet grass.Aye Jimmy20/08/2017
Parked at N car park and ambled along to the south. Great views to the eastRocksRock10/07/2017
Enormous car park and short walk to memorial.Herbert Anchovy06/04/2017
Re-visit, no access to the trig now which I assume I had in 1998. Nice to see the bandstand type memorial againvegibagger27/12/2016
Short walk to memorial and surroundsBramley16/09/2016
Didn't hold out much hope for bagging this trigpoint, then my eagled eyed companion spotted a gap in the fence, initially I thought I couldn't manage it but preserved and was soon within the compound. Lots of diggers etc on site so best to double check before you enter. NIce and quite today on a bank holiday. Walked all round the summit as it was such a lovely day.thejackrustles28/08/2016
Visited before but not logged. This time on a 60 k cycle tour of Black Country tumps. We arrived here as the sun was setting and the domed war memorial glowed, with superb views east and west across urban scenery. Also managed the trig on nearby reservoir. Continued down through Sutton park to the Boldmere Bishop Vesey for beer and curry.Denise 04/08/2016
Last of 5 hills on a day cycle around the West Midlands. My closest Tump and visited many times before. Superb views W at sunset. War memorial with nice toposcope built on mound at high point. Note:- access roads closed to vehicles at 19:00 (earlier in winter or in adverse weather!) Visiting the trig point is a little more of a challenge.RichardM04/08/2016
Parked nearby and walked to the summit and memorial. Walked to the quarry SW of the beacon for a look around.AvidSockWearer15/07/2016
From the southern car park along the road to the war memorialMariana Trench28/05/2016
Final top of the black country region and all covered in a 24 hour period. One of the better tops in terms of view and theres plenty of open space. My overriding experience of these tops though has been the shameful blight of fly tipping all around the lanes and tops of the countryside. People of Birmingham, Wolvo, Solihul,Coventry and Walsall...Don't accept this. Shop those who do it and get your council cleaning up your beauty spots.stig_nest22/04/2016
From North car park to War memorial and then HP.PeterD22/03/2016
Drove up to within 50 ms of hp. Brilliant views on beautiful early spring dayBarbara Singer23/02/2016
Pleasant country park with great views. Drive almost to the hp.Campbell Singer23/02/2016
Short stroll to war memorial.mart079721/02/2016
Nice crisp clear morning. Parked on the lowest point of the car park, easy stroll to the top. Good views of future Hills. Views of Birmingham, Wolverhampton Walsall West Bromwich. and Sutton Coldfield to the east. Then had a walk around the area including Barr Beacon nature reserve.Viroco14/02/2016
Very short walk from cp to south.ngthack29/11/2015
Parked to the north on the car park. Walked south on the east side of the mast to the war monument. Good views.bolton19/10/2015
Staying with friends in Sutton; dashed up here in the evening, north carpark open till 7 in summer.agentmancuso10/07/2015
5/5 Car park was locked when arrived so walked up from road to impressive war memorialFergalh24/04/2015
Quick walk from car park.Brodie11/04/2015
On another bagging spree! 3rd top of 7 today.mcallmar10/04/2015
Short walk from North car park. Nice War Memorial.electricratman19/10/2014
Drove to car park and walked 2 mins to monument on top . Hot day , glorious viewsandyhudson18/05/2014
Very pleasant walk, from Sutton Coldfield railway station and up across the nature reserve, which was actually the highlight of the day.DanHolme11/04/2014
Quick stop off from the M6rhalstead01/03/2014
Parked nearby and walked up to here at the start of my days walk.Alancache30/01/2014
Large free car park to south side of hill. Excellent views with a very impressive stone war memorial on/near summit. Couldn't get to trig as behind impregnable reservoir compound fencing - but as it is not the highest point not too concerned.Hillsidenick17/12/2013
climbed with dave on the way to athlethics, dinner at the top, very peacefulmr bounce29/06/2013
Veiwed Barr Beacon from Sedgley beacon for many years, first visitjohndeturl01/06/2013
#3 of 3 today. Getting dark by the time we got here but I'm sure it's a pleasant spot in fine weather. Memorial under restoration while highest point apparently just over the reservoir security fencing.Newton Maximus16/11/2012
Started at car park close to top. Distance = 4.09km. Average moving speed = 5.7km/h. Time moving = 0:42:56.paulnewby8110/11/2012
The first and best of 3 county tops today, had a good explore of the area.magirob07/11/2012
There's also 227 spot height (OS large scale) 120m S by E of the trig. This is next to the war memorial which has had its copper roof and indicator plaque stolen. An easy stroll from the car park. Reservoir fence impregnable.jimbloomer20/07/2012
Done on way to Sutton Park with dog. Short stroll from parking area. Couldn't find gaps in fence, so had to climb over, 'interesting'. clear dry & breezyapricorum29/06/2012
Couldn't find the gap on the east side but found a 'gap' on the north side. More of a hole under the fence but big enough for an adult to get under. From there had to traverse the whole reservoir complex.garyhoney10/04/2012
Gaps still there. All very neat and tidy - fine place.destaylor13/01/2012
By war memorial.arranc19/08/2011
My home town top. Looks like a shit tip. Having gone back I suspect it always did.simon and co03/08/2011
Busy place on this sunny morning.Dugswell208/02/2011
so so windy! family day out with dog, youngest on bike.little linda30/01/2011
Bagged whilst attending a geocache eventbirder195110/10/2010