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Abbey Park

RegionEast Midlands
ClubLeicestershire Orienteering Club
Nearest townLeicester, Leicestershire
PostcodeLE4 5AJ
Carpark locationAbbey Park Road

Available Maps

Abbey Park is managed by the Leicester City Council more details on the park can be found here.  For some large events, the park gates are sealed. The area is flat and split in two by the River Soar, which forms a lake at its widest point, a canal is the south-eastern edge of the Park.   The Cafe is in the centre of the park.

Beginners: Groups with beginners may wish to practice in the Centre of the park using the Star Loop pack. Download the guide and if you want the star loop maps referred to then download these too. As file sizes are large there are two separate packs; you need both. The Youth leader risk assessment should be used as a guide.

Groups: You should contact the Parks Office who will advise you about other events and may even check all the markers are in place. Jenny.Jackson@leicester.gov.uk

Warning about usage: For further information and known issues relating to controls, please see the Leicestershire Orienteering Club website.

Map updated: 2018

There is no legend on the map so download a free  Sprint Legend

Courses Available

Course

Controls

Length
(km)

Suitable for

Estimated
Time (mins)

Start

White

8

0.7

Beginner children probably followed by parents

10-25

Abbey

Yellow

12

1.4

A child with some experience

15-35

Abbey

Orange

12

2.4

Adult beginner confident junior

25-50

Abbey

Orange

12

2.3

Adult beginner confident junior

25-50

Pets Corner

Yellow

11

1.6

A child with some experience

15-35

St. Margaret’s Pastures

Orange

15

2.7

Adult beginner confident junior

25-50

St. Margaret’s Pastures

Score

20

 

Adult or children

Some controls are too hard for beginners

30

St. Margaret’s Pastures

 

 

 

VOC Details

Use the Maprun6 app.Maprun6 app Garmin watch owners may wish to use the sister app MaprunG, but you will need a printed course map.

Your phone (watch) beeps when you get close to the feature (a virtual control detected by your GPS signal). Upload your results to see your position on the leader board.

We suggest you download a MapRun map from here but you can just use the one on your smartphone.  There is no legend on the map so download a free  Sprint Legend

            Courses Available

Course

Length

(km)

No. Controls Expected time (mins) Suitable for Comments Results
White 1.0 9 10-25 Beginner    
Yellow 1.9 10 15--35 Child with some experience   Yellow
Orange 3.5 17 22-55 Adult or experienced child one control moved Jan 2021 because of safety concerns  
Score 20   19 20 Adult or experienced child 20 points per control lose 10 for every minute late Score

To use the Maprun app when in the car park, start the Maprun6 app

If you are at the site or are close by, click 'Events near me' or at home, click 'Select Event' and go to the UK/Leicestershire/Abbey park folder to find the courses. Click the one you want. Click ‘go to Start’ when you are ready. When you get near the start your time begins once your phone beeps.

Beginners there are a couple of features to help you navigate: Before the start, the location and track are always shown. Once you pass the start the location and track disappear ... unless you have enabled 'show track' or 'show location'. These features can be enabled in 'Options and settings' before you start. For some courses, we had added a ‘show me’ feature. Where it's available there is a button on the screen but you can only use it a few times.

Other Things to do in the Area

In the park Abbey Ruins, River Soar, Pets Corner

Close to Leicester Golden Mile

Close to Abbey Pumping Station 

Close to the National Space Centre  

Further Information

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Loops and stars exercises available for groups
  • White and/or yellow standard controls suitable for beginners
  • Orange and/or light green standard controls suitable for people with some experience