Beamsley Beacon

  • Outstanding Views
  • Old Bronze Age burial mound
  • Pleasant climb through gritstone

Having looked over Beamsley Beacon (1298’/393 ms) and its broad ridge to Round Hill many times as I drove up Beamsley Hill I have often been tempted to explore further. However it took till 2016 that I did and found it pleasant, with outstanding views and some historical interest. However once past the Beacon the walk deteriorates in interest and, if I am honest, I would stick to the relatively short pull up to the Beacon and its mini friend (the Old Pike) 200 metres further on. I walked on to Round Hill but it is relatively disappointing.

The history comes from the Beacon itself which has been a lookout post for many centuries. Whilst that is not surprising, the fact that Bronze Age man also used the spot of the beacon as a burial site or possibly some type of hideaway some 4,000 years ago is. Now it is farmers, grouse shooters and a flock of walkers who visit the beacon and deserving of continued attention it undoubtedly is.

Recommend: Rather than park at Langber extend the walk a little by starting at Beamsley and taking one of the short cuts through the wood. A return via the road seems sensible.

A good, quiet alternative to nearby Bolton Abbey

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Beamsley Beacon

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL2 Yorkshire Dales South & West Buy Map
Start Point: SE078524. Beamsley village just off the A59 at the Bolton Bridge. Head along the road for 200metres and take the footpath to the left.
Height to Climb: 303 ms (995 feet)
Terrain: Hard in the lower reaches above Beamsley (avoid by taking the quiet road from the village) but easy on the fell itself
Eating & Drinking: Return to the Devonshire Arms at Bolton Abbey.
Similar Walks Nearby: Bolton Abbey
Addingham and the River Wharfe
The Strid on the River Wharfe
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