The name ‘Beacon’ probably comes from around 1000’s, its ideal visibility from surrounding areas meant it was used to house a warning beacon. It was used for this purpose for many years, as well as in 1500’s when it was lit to warn of the invading Spanish Armada.
Beacon Fell is on the edge of the Forest of Bowland, sitting on the South Western tip, away from the main Bowland Fells. From Beacon Fell there are excellent views of nearby Parlick Fell and Bleasdale to the North. To the West you can see Blackpool and the Fylde. And on a clear day it can be possible to see as far as Snowdonia and Isle of Man.
In 1995 the iconic sculpture ‘Orme Sight’ became a permanent feature, designed by Thomson Dagnall. As the name suggests, on a clear day it was possible to see to The Great Orme at Llandudno through the eye of the sculpture. Unfortunately this is not possible now as the feature has been subjected to vandalism.
In 2011 the free car park became a pay and display, but £1 for all day parking [June 2013] is a fair price, especially considering town centre parking can be £2.50 for a couple of hours.
There are many different tracks and paths around Beacon Fell and it is difficult to recommend a specific route. From the visitor centre there are leaflets with coloured routes, including Tramper Trails, but we find it best just to go and explore. We sometimes let the dog or kids chose the way (until we need to get back).
The visitor centre is by the main car park and has some educational brochures about the surrounding area and a nice cafe which also sells ice cream.
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