A BEACON will shine across the skies of Somerset as part of a regional celebration.

The National Trust will be lighting beacons across the South West today (January 9) as part of a national network of beacons to celebrate 125 years since the conservation charity was founded.

They will be lit at dawn to mark the moment that the charity was founded by Octavia Hill, Sir Robert Hunter and Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley to give people access to nature, to beauty and to history.

Locations where the beacons will be lit include Cornwall, Devon and Somerset.

Chapel Carn Brea in Cornwall will be the most south westerly beacon lighting location in the UK, with beacons also being lit on Potter’s Hill near Woolacombe, Killerton near Exeter and Glastonbury Tor.

Beacons will also be lit at 17 locations across the UK between January 9 and 12 to mark the occasion.