Name:Beckton Alps
Hill number:19313
Height:35m / 115ft
Parent (Ma):2874  Wendover Woods [Haddington Hill]
RHB Section:39: Central and Eastern England
County/UA:Greater London
London Borough:Newham (LB)
Catchment:Thames
Class:Tump (0-99m), London Borough Top
(Tu,0,CoL)
Grid ref:TQ 43118 82066
Summit feature:reinforcing bars protruding from ground.
Drop:31m
Col:4m  TQ432821  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 177
(1:25k) 162
Observations:bars probably from now demolished ski-lift or associated bldg.
Survey:obvious summit
Comments:Artificial hill, new Tump replacing hill 5591 as Newham LB top, May 2017
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Notes:
  • Newham London Borough top

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 61 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Easy walk from Beckton DLR station.colinfielding12/06/2024
DLR to Beckton, up the road to the retail park, down Alpine Way. Main entrance gate is padlocked, but there's a gap in the fence, oppsoite the gate to Brckton Retail Park (near Screwfix sign and two green phone junction boxes). Obvious path to top, veer of left at area of hardcore half way up and you reach remains of steps to summit. Good views which quite a few locals were enjoying. Wildflowers and nature had taken over.Lazylizzie18/05/2024
Had some spare time before a flight from London City so I walked up from Beckton DLR station. Gate by the roundabout was open leading to the zig-zag path. Followed path avoiding litter and entered through the hole in the gate which was nicely padlocked. Up to the top to enjoy the views before heading down and a walk to Albert dock and the airport.Buck06/12/2023
11 of 17. From East Ham station on the District line.WAYNE ROWLETT23/07/2023
Access appears to have been tightened since previous logs, circled site, no gaps in fences, all gates padlocked, no obvious way in, not possible to climb fence on a busy Sunday. Did highest ground on perimeter and then as this is artificial went and did 5591 Wanstead Flats (previous Newham top) as well because arguable Beckton Alps shouldn't be the Borough top if not natural ground and entirely unaccessible (on health/contamination grounds)arrans15/01/2023
As a detour from the Capital Ringlerritt10/07/2021
On own. From Beckton DLR. Access can be gained through gap in main double gate at corner of Woolwich Manor Way (A117) and Newham Way (A13) roundabout. Then follow surfaced zig-zag path to summit gate which is also locked but again gaps in railings allow access to summit. Hot summer day with extensive views in all directions. Well worth being the urban explorer for this one!Beeliner14/06/2021
Two gaps in the fences to squeeze through, felt very urban-explorer. Odd that itís all locked up these daysRockdoctor11/07/2020
Not quite able to make the summit as it's all locked down thanks to Covid-19!pclyndes03/05/2020
From Stratford, along the Greenway to the base of the hill, then through the open gate on the west side, up the zigzag path to the upper fence, through the gate with the missing pieces, and up the rough path to the summitMariana Trench13/09/2019
Highways sign: 'Beckton Roundabout traffic lights failure, expect delays.' Monster traffic jam, 2hrs for 4 miles. Man shot dead in area, police cars striving to wend their way through. Local low-life on approach to hill. Just another Sunday afternoon in E.London?Aye Jimmy08/09/2019
Route as described below - gap in the fence easy to climb through. Went post-touristing at Victoria Dock parkrun first then up with GFE and r1. Great view from the top.Fionalevey17/11/2018
With Fiona and Graeme after Victoria Dock Park Run and via Beckton DLR stationr117/11/2018
As per previous visitors - from Beckton DLR station.Ramblingpaul21/09/2018
Very nice view from topJanko27/08/2018
Climbed up here to deal with England semi final disappointment. Gate open near A13 roundabout. Fence near summit has a gap adjacent to locked gate. Fine views of Canary Wharf at dusk.mrs_ts711/07/2018
Route as per Campbell Singerbwm10/07/2018
Last week Ladhar Bheinn - this week Beckton Alps. From the north end of Whitings Way at the bend with Eastbury Rd there is a tarmac path which gradually rises outside the intimidating fence. Pursue this to its high point where the fence spars have disappeared giving easy access to the top. Great views over east London and panorama of Docklands.Campbell Singer01/07/2018
There are some bent railings on Whitings Way. No real path so a bit of a thrash to the topDC11main17/06/2018
I walked up from Beckton DLR station following the usual route along the zig-zag path. Unfortunately the hole in the fence next to the gate has very recently been fixed. I walked round the perimeter which is now complete. I was not prepared to tackle a six foot spiked fence. Ah well!! Near enough as I'm no pedant.Sixtyplus25/05/2018
From Beckton DLR station via zig zag path and gap in fence. Great views over London!Tony J28/04/2018
Parked at Sainsbury's Beckton to the north ( Retail park off A 13) and then walked on rubbish strewn footpaths to the top. Access through tall metal fence from unlocked gate to west from A117, then followed zig zag partly overgrown tarmac path to second fence/ gate, through missing bars and then along grassy ridge to small rubbish strewn plateau. Hazy, smoggy views over London but pleased to be at this infamous top, with great potential.Denise 10/04/2018
Open gate in railings on W side (close to major road junction) accesses crumbling zigzag path up through litter strewn woodland to upper railing enclosure. Turning right (S) reaches gap in railings and easy walk to open grass/mud/litter summit. This evening murky brown grey views out over a sea of buildings. We take in the scene of filth and endless noise thinking this little hill with great views out over London and its trees bursting into leaf has to be an opportunity wasted.RichardM10/04/2018
This must be the most surprising - and one of the most distinct - summits in London. Walked from Beckton DLR via the zig-zag path and the improvised gate in the railings. Just below the summit, a row of metal plates have been co-opted as message boards. The save the NHS slogan is clear on the summit side, and partially over-written on the outward facing boards.Nick Down115/02/2018
Belvedere to Beckton. Ditto PeterD's experience.Smudge26/01/2018
Through open gate to SSW, up zig zag path, through very large gap in fence. Good view as sun setting. Big traffic jam on A13.PeterD18/12/2017
Staying in Bloomsbury for Pension Trustee meeting tomorrow. Long trip on tube then DLR to Beckton. Hlf mile easy walk from station. Up zigzag path from Alpine Way (gate in lower fence open) then through large hole in upper fence to reach top. Popular spot judging by the amount of litter on top, which is not surprising given the fantastic 360 degree views. Back by DLR to the excellent Docklands Museum.Hillsidenick11/10/2017
TD & CThis Dog20/08/2017
Beaten to this by one of my sons, who did this many years ago, when it was a ski slope. Can almost see his house in Charlton from here & where he works, in Canary Wharf. Nearly as good a viewpoint of London as from the Shard.ngthack13/08/2017
Entered by gate SW corner, surfaced track leads to locked gate with wide gap adjacent, as others logs. Back to gap and continued clockwise to exit by another gate E side. Supposed to be flying to Canadian Rockies today, good old Air Transat delayed the flight by a day, this very much a second choice destination!RHW07/08/2017
Seven and a half years after I thought I'd completed the borough tops, I get to do so. Surprisingly good views and several sunbathers on the top.Richard08/07/2017
DLR to Becton. Tarmac path used as others had. Terminus of a DLR line so on return journey was able to sit at front and enact the schoolboy dream of being the driver.trimarc229/06/2017
As per Gordon, new double yellow lines on some of Alpine Way but parking still possible there. Outer fence has an unsecured gate and inner fence has a wide gap, so no access issues at present. With my nephew Andrew on a warm and bright day. Lovely views to the west: Shard, Gherkin, Canary Wharf, elevated section of A13!jonglew24/06/2017
Another 440 mile re-completion task. My heart sank to find the hill surrounded by a 7 foot high steel bar fence with signs - KEEP OUT Danger Hazardous Site. However I parked on Alpine Way at TQ43242 81882 to avoid the yellow lines and entered the gate at 43084 81912 to find the asphalt zizzag track still there and must have been there a good fifteen years. Encouraged to find a steep muddy track cutting out the zigzags but clearly used recently I got up to the last bend to find a large gap in the top fence, leading up to the high point. An interesting point with good views of Central and East London.GordonAdshead30/05/2017
After Swanfield Street, using the DLR. Very relieved to find the large gap in the security fence SW of the summit! Wonderful views towards the City.Mark Jackson27/05/2017
A viewpoint symbol on my old 1974 OS landranger map led to my discovery of this quirky Tump with its great name. It is an old ( toxic?) slag heap remaining from the once huge Beckton gas works. It looked quite big on a web search (Tired of life? Climb the Beckton Alps). Subsequent Lidar shows it to p31. I took the DLR which delivers at the end of the line to the foot of these mighty Alps. A zig zag tarmac path through tress led to severe steel security fence but with a handy piece missing alllowing access to the summit with a wonderful sense of dereliction. Not exactly the Aiguille de Midi , although the cable car across the Thames can be seen as can a good view over nearby London City Airport and to Canary Wharf . The hill rises aromatically above Europe's largest sewage works and a gold / silver metals recycling plant.All in all combined with a DLR above ground train ride to get here an interesting spot - and it steals the Newham Borough high point crown.Chris Pearson27/04/2017
Date climbed 04/11/2017. Logged previous London completion to sync dates. Ascended as others on a dank wet day, coming out of London on the DLR to terminus. Paths and gates unchanged as previously described. Didn't linger, did feel the old ski alope must have been a fair spot in its day.nordicstar15/10/2013
with steve hanshawrob_s_smith12/10/2008
Estimated date. With Matt and Heather in school holidaysCXB01/08/2001
Pure guess. Went skiing there many years ago.destaylor01/01/1980
BrianMatthews26/01/2024
FinnTumps30/07/2023
marraneth01/01/2023
Matt03/09/2022
Bigmiggy04/07/2019
arjh11/10/2018
PGCE09/10/2018
Nomad Perkins26/01/2018
TFCope26/01/2018
Martin R14/11/2017