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Beacon Way

29 km / 18 miles

Staffordshire, W Midlands
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
Horseshoe and name on black disc
Easy; Cycle Route; Canal; Lake/Reservoir/Loch; Urban
SP018913 - Sandwell Park Farm, W Midlands
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SK033072 - Brownhills West Rail Station, Staffordshire
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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
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Coppers End Guest House  (bookable online)
4 Km
27 Km

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GPX Route File
Beacon Way GPX Exchange Format Route File
Last Updated 30/08/2018 16:15:19 - Route Shortened by OS mapping
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Beacon Way Memory Map Route File
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Beacon Way Tracklogs 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