• Laura Purkess

Turners Hill, West Midlands

Location: Rowley Regis, West Midlands

Nearest town: Dudley

Peak: 269 metres above sea level

Rank: 26/48

Difficulty: ★

Date climbed: 6 July 2020


Geography


Turners Hill is a relatively nondescript county high point. Rising up from the M5 on the western edge of the West Midlands, there is no plaque proudly marking its peak. Dudley's suburbs encroach on much of the summit and the local golf course sprawls across the top. But on the plus side for less keen climbers, you can pretty much park (for free) at the peak and walk 100 metres east or west to find a spectacular view.


Beyond the golf course, two transmitter towers mark the hill's summit. One of these is a unique brutalist concrete design; the other your standard Eiffel Tower knock-off!



The hill's prominence over the surrounding area means the views are far-reaching. The eastern side has a uniquely unobscured view of the Birmingham skyline, which is striking, albeit lacking many identifiable landmarks. You can spot the BT Tower (if you know what you're looking for) and even the golden crown atop the Library of Birmingham with a good pair of binoculars! Football fans: you can also see The Hawthorns, home of West Bromwich Albion. The western side overlooks a quarry, similar to Bardon Hill in Leicestershire, but private land around the TV transmitters restricts access to these views.



There's not much else to say about this one, so here are some photos of animals from the nearby West Midland Safari Park*, which we were on our way back from visiting when we 'climbed' Turners Hill.



Amenities


Next to the golf course and around 100 metres from the view points, there is a pub called the Wheatsheaf.


*Would highly recommend, and every £24pp ticket purchased lets you return for free within the same season!

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