Another bimble – Beacon Hill

Posted by @ 10:15 pm on Saturday 26th February, 2011.
Categories: Great Escapes

 Last week was half-term here. The kids were reluctant to go out, but we persisted in our efforts to drag them with us.

Beacon Hill Country Park was the venue for Thursday's walk. It's an interesting place - at 245m (802 feet) Beacon Hill is the second highest point in Leicestershire and the site of a Bronze Age hill fort. The walk up from the Lower Car Park is through pleasant wooded areas with good access, and there are many opportunities for geologising. Add in a few wonky trees, some interesting fungi and some weird moss, and it's a good day out.

As you will see from some of the pics, the kids didn't enjoy it at all...

Cones

Catkins

Through the woods

Searching for sticks

Bracket fungi

Mushrooms?

The Den

Bracket #1

Bracket #2

The Old Man

Rocks near the summit

The Old Man again

Layers

Rockhoppers

Chris at the trig point

More layers

Chris on the rocks

Anna and the little people

 

Dip and strike

Panorama - full view

 

Panorama in a scrolly-thing

Anna #1

Anna #2

Ella

Anna #3

3 of a kind

One up, two down

Bedding planes #1

Bedding planes #2

Toposcopy

The Great Unwashed... washed!

Stone Angels

On edge #1

On edge #2

Bedrock

A herd of moss

Wonky trees #1

Wonky trees #2

Wonky trees #3

Holey tree

Fungi?

Another bracket

 

Not a bad day out, I reckon we'll be going there again.

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8 Responses to “Another bimble – Beacon Hill”

  1. AlanR says:

    What a great day out. Wonderful trees fungi and geology. Terrific photographs, too difficult to pick the best one.

  2. What wonderful photographs of wonderful landscape! I laughed out loud when I saw 'bedrock' - very clever!

  3. bruce says:

    Panorama in a scrolly-thing

    wonderful i shall have to investigate further

  4. Mark says:

    Yes - the scrolly thing is very clever.
    This is pretty much where I learned to love open spaces, along with Bradgate Park (really enjoyed the atmospheric photos from there too) and Swithland Woods. Actually, what sticks in my mind about Beacon Hill is playing hide and seek amonst rhododendron bushes - are they still there, or perhaps I've remembered wrong?

  5. BG! says:

    So does this mean that you are a flatlander in exile, Mark? You'll be telling me next that you used to live down the road from us :mrgreen:

    Either way, your memory serves you well - Rhododendron bushes are still there, they've used some of them to make a labyrinth near the lower car park.

  6. Really great article with loads of brilliant photos - it must have taken you ages to upload them all!

    I started my own walking blog 6 weeks ago: http://walksandwalking.com/

  7. BG! says:

    Cheers for that, David.

    Had a look at your blog earlier - good stuff - that pic of you on the Llanberis path is a cracker 🙂

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