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Barr Beacon

RegionWest Midlands
ClubHarlequins Orienteering Club
Nearest townAldridge
PostcodeWS9 0RG
Carpark locationAccess from the corner of Bridle Lane and the B4154 (Beacon Road), south of Aldridge town

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Barr Beacon is a mile long sandy ridge with a covered reservoir in the centre. It is generally open with trees and vegetation more on the side slopes and a good path network used on beginners courses. Please take care crossing internal roads to car parks.

Courses start and finish at the war memorial. There are two beginner courses, two trickier ones and two harder courses. The course distances on the maps are measured as straight lines between the checkpoints - expect to cover approximately half as far again as you skirt obstacles. Running the two harder courses back-to-back will give you a decent orienteering workout.

Barr Beacon is one of the highest points in the West Midlands. It is very accessible from all of the West Midlands conurbation.  It offers spectacular panoramic views, and from the top, you can see surrounding landmarks including the Wrekin, Cannock Chase, Lichfield Cathedral, Birmingham City Centre, and the Lickey Hills.  All in all, you can see at least 11 counties from up there:  West Midlands, Warwickshire, Staffordshire, Shropshire, Leicestershire, Gloucestershire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire and even Powys Wales!  

Other Things to do in the Area

Just across the main road from the car park is the spectacular (and geologically fascinating) Beacon Quarry - part of the Black Country Geopark.

The Award-winning Leather museum and Art Gallery are on Walsall's inner ring road.

Maps Available From

Maps are available here or from the Walsall Council website.

Further Information

  • White and/or yellow standard controls suitable for beginners
  • Orange and/or light green standard controls suitable for people with some experience
  • Green colour standard or above controls available for experienced orienteers