Lickey Hills Country Park - View From Beacon Hill
Beacon Hill is the most famous view at the Lickey Hills Country Park. Few locals have never been on the hill and looked out across the city.
The hill rises to a height of 297m (975 feet) above sea level giving expansive views of the surrounding countryside. On a clear day, from the toposcope, points in 13 old counties can be seen.
To the north, looking over Waseley Hills and Clent in the foreground, the South Staffordshire Pennines can be seen in the far distance. To the north west, looking over the M5 motorway, the sky line is Dudley and the Black Country.
Looking eastward over Birmingham, Barr Beacon, Cannock Chase and, occasionally, Bardon Hill in Leicestershire can be seen. To the south east, the view stretches over Longbridge, Kings Norton and Birmingham Airport as far as the Forest of Arden.
Trees now obscure the view to the south and south west but when the trees were younger, the view stretched as far as the Cotswolds.
To the west, the view extends out over Bromsgrove, Droitwich and Worcester to the Malverns and on into Wales. When visibility is good, the landmarks of the following counties can be seen:
County - Landmark
Worcestershire - Worcester
Staffordshire - Dudley Castle
Leicestershire - Bardon Hill
Northamptonshire - Borough Hill
Oxfordshire - Epwell Hill
Gloucestershire - May Hill
Monmouth - Abergavenny Sugar Loaf
Herefordshire - Bromyard Downs
Shropshire - Clee Hills
Brecon - Black Mountains
Radnor - Radnor Forest
Montgomery - Moel y Golfa