Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Lickey Hills Toposcope

The Lickey Hills Country Park is found approximately 10 miles to the south west of Birmingham City Centre. The land is wholly owned by Birmingham City Council but it isn’t actually in Birmingham! The Lickey Hills  are in fact in Bromsgrove, and the park was gifted to the people of Birmingham in the late 1800s.

The toposcope, which can be found at the top of Beacon Hill offers extensive views across Birmingham. At 975ft above sea level, you can see all the way to South Staffordshire Pennines in the north; Dudley to the northwest; Cannock Chase to the east and over to Birmingham Airport in the southeast. Behind the toposcope, now obscured by trees, you can see to the Cotswolds and sometimes into Wales. It’s a pretty humbling place to be, seeing the land stretching out for miles in all directions!

The Lickey Hills toposcope is quite elaborate, and resembles a small fort. I think the actual toposcope is the metal plate at the top of the fort, and the fort was just built to house it as a centenary celebration. If you can confirm or deny this, get in touch!

Some panorama pictures can be seen here. And here are a few photos I took while I was there a few weeks back:

I got the bus to the 47 terminus and then walked the rest of the way - it is about a mile and a half from the terminus to the beacon. I have doodled over a Google Earth screengrab to highlight key places. The 98 bus also goes up here (I made a booboo and put 92 on the picture); it stops near to The Old Hare and Hounds before turning off to head towards Rubery.

I have marked on BIG HILLS because I'm pretty certain they weren't that steep when I was younger. Good for the thighs though. There is a car park near to the beacon; it is on Monument Lane. There is also a car park at the golf course on Rose Hill, and at the visitor centre on Warren Lane. Bins are few and far between, please take rubbish with you, and please clean up after your dog!

The Lickey Hills are close to the hamlet of Lickey, which dates back to 1225.


  1. Hi Laura, your blog is very helpful! I will be starting school at the University of Birmingham as an international student next year and it has been a great joy reading your posts about Birmingham. Thank you!

  2. Awesome! Are you on twitter? Lots of the UoB departments are on there. I'll also be back at UoB next year too! What are you studying? Glad you like my blog :)

  3. a nice piece of information has been shared about Birmingham city, i must say that this is simply beautiful and captivate one in the beautiful feelings that one for sure would like to pay a visit to this place especially having a look at various images that have been mentioned above. Car parking Heathrow is also there to make you feel happy over the smoothy parking facilities it provides each time one travels and get the vehicle parked.

  4. Donating a park to the public is quite a noble cause for it has become a heritage these days. It is no doubt beautiful and does look like a small fort. gatwick chauffeur parking

  5. The place looks amazing , it sure resembles a small fort. If you find out the reason of building it, let us know too. Traveling to places like this one is always wonderful. the beauty of somewhat remote places like this one is uncanny. cheap gatwick parking offers assistance in your travel plans.

  6. The Castle (fort) was donated by the cadbury brothers to the people of birmingham.