Only really had time for one park walk during the second lockdown (before I had to go back to work in the middle of November 2020). We went to Beacon Hill a the Lickey Hills Country Park (by car). After getting the skyline view updates, we walked into the woods, down and around the muddy paths. Got as far as a stream before going back up. The woods were covered in leaves and was quite wet.

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Another visit to Beacon Hill at the Lickey Hills





Only really had time for one park walk during the second lockdown (before I had to go back to work in the middle of November 2020). We went to Beacon Hill a the Lickey Hills Country Park (by car). After getting the skyline view updates, we walked into the woods, down and around the muddy paths. Got as far as a stream before going back up. The woods were covered in leaves and was quite wet.


Beacon Hill into the woods with mud

The weather in November 2020, hasn't been great. We were in lockdown again for 4 weeks. So couldn't go far unless going in the car. And I wouldn't go back to work in the City Centre until the middle of the month (by which time the weather had improved a bit).

Before then we went in the car to Beacon Hill at the Lickey Hills Country Park on the 10th November 2020. Was a bit cloudy. First priority was to get updates of the skyline. Then we had a bit of a walk down the hill into the woods. Some paths were quite muddy and wet, so shoes and jeans got covered in the muck.

Some signposts pointed to the Rose & Crown and Monument Lane. Although we ended up not getting close to either of those (apart from the road with the stream).

 

Birmingham Skyline, November 2020

First up checking out the Birmingham Skyline. New to the skyline is 103 Colmore Row and The Mercian.

As well as The Bank Tower's 1 & 2.

You can see why they call Birmingham the City of trees!

If you zoom in a bit, you can see Old Joe at the University of Birmingham on the skyline with The Sentinels and the Beetham Tower.

Zooming in from Beacon Hill to see 103 Colmore Row to the left of The Cube.

103 Colmore Row was seen behind Chamberlain Tower at The Vale Village (University of Birmingham).

The zoom in to The Mercian finds it in front of The BT Tower. The Bank Towers's 1 & 2 seen to the left.

You also have the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and Park Regis Birmingham Hotel in this view.

Beacon Hill Toposcope

All my main Toposcope photos were taken back during my earlier May 2013 visit so wasn't going to take any new shots of it. But took this pair after the muddy walk down and around the woods as we headed back to the car park.

Was good to be back at the top of the hill, after getting a bit lost around the woods as you will see below. Nice to see the Toposcope again!

Around the woods in the mud

At first the path in the woods close to the top of the hill looked quite dry.

There was leaves all over the ground below the trees.

The further you got in, the more autumnal it looked, but off the paths.

Up to the fingerpost. Rose & Crown to the left, Monument Lane to the right.

Behind the fingerpost, the hill going down. Don't walk down this bit!

We first headed towards the Rose & Crown. But the path got muddy the further you went down, so we went back up.

Now heading in the direction of Monument Lane, some trees still have leaves on in yellows and greens.

Still a bit muddy as we went down the hill.

Getting further down and there was a lot of leaves on the path.

Some green fields nearby.

End of this path near the steps, was very muddy with a puddle, but found another way around.

This way seemed less muddy down to the stream.

The stream near the road. I think this was closer to Rose Hill, but we didn't head that way.

Other side of the stream, lined with rocks. We headed this way.

Heading up a bit, this path looked dry.

Saw a bridge over the stream and steps, so headed up this short cut to get back up to the Toposcope.

Leaves on the path as we went back up.

Back on the main path back up to the top of the hill.

Not far now as there was daylight behind the trees.

Back up at the top with the field at the top of Beacon Hill.

 

For my original post on Beacon Hill go to this post here: Beacon Hill at the Lickey Hills Country Park.

 

Photos taken by Elliott Brown. Can be found on Twitter: ellrbrown.