GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Black Down and Beacon Batch

4 miles (6.5 km)

Enjoy a climb to this lovely viewpoint on this circular walk in the Mendip Hills. Black Down is the highest hill in theMendip Hills, with Beacon Batch the summit point.
This route is the shortest ascent from the Burrington Combe car park just to the north of the hill. The walk makes use of the Limestone Link and the Mendip Way long distance trails to create a circular route around the hill. The route runs for just over 4 miles and includes a moderate climb.
Starting from the Burrington Combe car park off the B3134 you pick up a section of the Limestone Way, heading south. Other paths then take you south west up to the Beacon Batch summit which stands at a height of 325m (1,066ft). There's lovely views over the countryside below including the popular Blagdon Lake and Chew Valley Lake. The summit is also notable as the site ofseveral bronze ageround barrows, one of which anchors a concrete trig point. All of the barrows show signs of being opened in the past, but the only recorded excavation was donein 1820.
The route then descends across Black Down which is amoorlandarea, with its steeper slopes covered inbracken and its flattersummitinheather. DuringWorld War IIa bombing decoy town was constructed on Black Down, which was intended to represent the blazing lights of a town which had omitted to follow black-out regulations.
The descent takes you north west to Hill Farm where you pick up the Limestone Way. Follow it east and you will soon come to Read's Cavern where traces of Iron Age occupation have been found. You continue east past a series of other limestone caves before returning to the car park.
To continue your walking in the area you could explore Burrington Combe. The carboniferous limestonegorge has lots of fascinating rock formations to see. There's also some nice woodland trails in Rowberrow Warren and an Iron Age Hillfort to see at nearby Dolebury Warren.

Beacon Batch OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Beacon Batch Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


Head to nearby Blagdon village where you will find a number of nice pubs for refreshments after your walk. The New Inn (Postcode BS40 7SB) is a classic rural inn overlooking a fishing lake, serving real ales and pub grub with leafy beer garden. The Queen Anne and Seymour Arms are also great options.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


On Beacon Batch - - 8099

On Beacon Batch. The view north is dominated by Blagdon Lake which supplies Bristol

On Beacon Batch - - 971527

Horses on Beacon Batch with Chew Valley Lake in the background

Mendip Beacon Batch 01

Looking west from the trig point on Beacon Batch

Black Down 2005

Black Down

Bracken below Beacon Batch - - 2559524

Bracken below Beacon Batch

The Occupants of Mendip Blackdown - - 1929846

Deer on Mendip Blackdown.

Bluebells on Burrington Common. - panoramio

Bluebells on Burrington Common.

Bridleway - path junction near Beacon Batch - - 2559202



GPS Files

GPX File

Beacon Batch.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Beacon Batch.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)