This walk climbs to one of the highest spots in the Birmingham area. The beacon is located to the north of the city, not far from Walsall.
You can start from the car park next to the hill and follow a circular footpath around the site. From the 236 m (774 ft) summit there's great views over the city to several landmarks including The Wrekin, Lickey Hills Country Park, Cannock Chase Country Park, and Lichfield Cathedral. On a clear day you can even see the hills and mountains of Wales. On the top of the hill there's also a distinctive domed war memorial. The structure was built in 1932 to commemorate those that gave their lives in the Great War of 1914 to 1918.
Surrounding the hill is some pleasant countryside so its easy to continue your walk if you have time.
PostcodeWS9 0QW - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Barr Beacon Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Barr Beacon Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Barr Beacon OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Barr Beacon Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The Foley Arms is conviently located on the northern side of the hill. They have a good menu and can be found at postcode B74 3NU for your sat navs.
The hill is popular with dog walkers with some nice paths and surrounding countryside for you to explore with your canine friend.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The long distance Beacon Way passes over the hill, providing an opportunity for extending your walk. You could follow it to the nearby Sandwell Valley Country Park, Park Lime Pits or Chasewater Country Park. The splendid Walsall Arboretum and the Walsall Canal are other good options in the area around the hill.
Just to the east of the hill there's the expansive Sutton Park where there are miles of good cycling and walking trails.
For more walking ideas in the area see the West Midlands Walks page.