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Beacon Way

Staffordshire, W Midlands

29 km / 18 miles
This green route is from Sandwell at the heart of the West Midlands conurbation, and goes via the outskirts of Birmingham through the countryside of Walsall and into Staffordshire. The walk takes in the Forest of Mercia, lakes, nature reserves, woods, and the banks of canals. Barr Beacon, one of the highest hills in this area, gives its name to the route. The northern end links with the Heart of England Way on Gentleshaw Common. The full route is shown on OS maps.

The linking waymarked Forest of Mercia Timberland Trail (9 miles and on OS mapping) is a circular walk in the Forest of Mercia north of Walsall.


Path Type: Paths Marked on OS mapping
Waymark: Horseshoe and name on black disc
Attributes: Easy
Cycle Route
Start: SP018913 - Sandwell Park Farm, W Midlands View on StreetMap
Finish: SK033072 - Brownhills West Rail Station, Staffordshire View on StreetMap


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger 139
OS Landranger Active 139
OS Explorer 220, 244
OS Explorer Active 220, 244

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Beacon Way GPX Exchange Format Route File
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Route Profile:

28.5 km (17.7 miles)
257 m (843 ft) ascent
225 m (738 ft)  maximum height

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