This circular walk provides a good way to discover the highest point of Mendip Hills with 360° views using a section of The Mendip Trail, West Mendip Way and interesting paths in preserved nature reserves including Long Wood and Velvet Bottom!
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
Park your car at Blackmoore reserve car park (close to Charterhouse Outdoor Activity Center and Hugh's church).
(D/A) From the Blackmoor information sign, head to the track on your left for 100 metres before you turn left to the footpath.
(1) After 200 metres, head towards the three steps on your left. Walk around the pond, cross a small footbridge (two planks) and ascend the field past the gate. Turn right in Bushy Road before you go up left Rain's Batch which leads to the Wireless Station.
(2) When you reach the station, head to the metallic barrier on the left taking The Mendip Trail. Go straight ahead for almost one kilometre (the path can be very muddy during wet conditions!) before you reach a gate with several paths. Use the footpath slightly on your right forbidden for cycling, horse riding and engine vehicles (signpost) which leads to the highest point of Mendip Hills, Beacon Batch (325m).
(3) From this characteristic OS marker triangulation post, the 360° view is wonderful. On clear days, you can see Blagdon Lake and Bristol Channel far away! Continue straight the larger gravel path for almost half a mile.
(4) At the fork, bear slightly left (arrow) for half a mile again until you join a large perpendicular grassy way with a small wooden post.
(5) From this post continue straight the large path on the left which finally leads to a bridleway signpost and a gate. Go through this gate going down the rocky path between fences.
(6) At crossroads with Tyning's Farm, turn left following the road (and West Mendip Way) for one kilometre going past Gruffy Nature Reserve and turn right when you reach the next road. Follow straight this driveway before you bear right at the fork. Go past farm buildings and continue until you turn left in the open meadow.
(7) Walk along the field for one kilometre before you bear left at the fork entering Long Wood. Descend the path which finally leaves the woods.
(8) Ignore West Mendip Way which continues by Black Rock path in front of you but bear left to the gate with four signs. Past this gate continue keeping the left side using the large, flat and grassy path towards Velvet Bottom. Go across this old industrial site which is now a beautiful nature reserve!
(9) You finally reach a road, cross it over going slightly right to the next path (footpath signpost). After 350 metres, you just need to turn right on the road which leads to the Blackmoor car park.(D/A)
D/A : km 0 - alt. 239m - Blackmoore Reserve car park
1 : km 0.26 - alt. 244m - Three steps
2 : km 1.51 - alt. 310m - Wireless Station
3 : km 3.04 - alt. 321m - Beacon Batch viewpoint
4 : km 3.62 - alt. 311m - Fork
5 : km 4.26 - alt. 305m - Wooden post
6 : km 4.92 - alt. 260m - Crossroads with Tyning's Farm
7 : km 7.61 - alt. 236m - Long Wood
8 : km 8.07 - alt. 193m - Velvet Bottom
9 : km 9.96 - alt. 239m - Road
D/A : km 10.32 - alt. 239m - Blackmoore Reserve car park
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