Beacon Hill is located to the North of Sedgley Town Centre.
At the top of Beacon Hill, lies Beacon Hill Tower, a Grade II listed building. Unfortunately due to the poor condition of the internal steps the tower is currently inaccessible to the public.
Formerly a site of intensive quarrying from 17th century to around the time of the First World War, Beacon Hill has an industrial legacy which has created a series of parallel steep-sided ridges and gullies that have now become colonised by a rich and somewhat unusual wildlife. The site is popular with local residents on account of the panoramic views it offers from the summit, with the industrial Black Country on one side contrasting with Staffordshire on the other.
The site has several public rights of way and forms part of the Limestone Way which runs throughout Sedgley, Wrens Nest National Nature Reserve, Dudley Priory through to Dudley Zoo and Castle. The limestone here is a different formation to that of the other three hills, being some 10 million years younger, although still from the Silurian period. The rock is a different colour to the pale grey limestone of Wren’s Nest and Castle Hill, and the impurities that it contains made it less valuable. There are still fossil brachiopod shells to be found in the rocks and scree.
Beacon Hill Quarry is now a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation because of rare plants like greater knapweed, carline thistle and bristly ox-tongue found growing there, and also because the sheltered and sunny aspect of the quarry attracts some of the more unusual butterflies like wall brown and green hairstreak.
Beacon Hill Tenants and Residents Group, supported by Sedgley Local History Society have worked to promote and celebrate the open space for several years, supported by Dudley Area Committee. Following several public meetings, a ‘Friends of Sedgley Beacon’ was formed in 2010. The organisation has become a constituted group, working to develop and promote the site, and have formed partnerships with local organisations such as Queen Victoria Children’s Centre and Living Landscapes (Wildlife Trust), with whom activities have taken place on Beacon Hill.
Find out more - Friends of Sedgley Beacon Group