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
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.