Beacon Batch

5 October 2003

Beacon Batch in Somerset is the highest point of the Mendip Hills, at 325m/1066ft above sea level.

The views are extensive, particularly to the north and west. Here a view to the towers of the two Severn Bridges,
30km and 34km away.

A westwards view towards Weston-super-Mare, with Brean Down on the left, Steep Holm (about 26km away) the island in the centre, and the south Wales coast past Barry (nearly 50km away).

Beacon Batch looks down on the impressive Burrington Combe.

Looking north to Bristol International Airport

Having descended from the top of Beacon Batch down the face of Black Down, we took the
Limestone Link path back eastwards.

A close-up view of the limestone of the gorge of Burrington Combe. In places the cliffs are 250 feet high. Considerably less well known than its nearby twin of Cheddar Gorge, it is thus much less spoilt by development.



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