Penn Beacon

When looking easterly from Plymouth or when travelling along the A38 from Cornwall, Penn Beacon stands out as the first piece of high ground in view. You could argue that this view of Penn Beacon is better than the view from it, this is down to the Lee Moor China Clay works below it. In fairness however the China Clay blot only covers views in one direction. Southerly there are views across the South Hams all the way to the sea and easterly there are great views to Western Beacon. A walk to Penn Beacon is usually linked with Shell Top to make a nice half day walk starting from Quick Bridge or Rook. There are no military firing ranges in this area.

Height – 427metres          OS Grid Reference – SX599629

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Penn Beacon cairn looking down to the Lee Moor China Clay works

Penn Beacon cairn looking down to the Lee Moor China Clay works

Trig point at Penn Beacon, Shell Top is the hill behind

Trig point at Penn Beacon, Shell Top is the hill behind

Looking from Shell Top down to Penn Beacon, even with the cloud South Hams is seen stretching out beyond

Looking from Shell Top down to Penn Beacon, even with the cloud South Hams is seen stretching out beyond

Western Beacon on the far right from Penn Beacon

Western Beacon on the far right from Penn Beacon