Permanent Orienteering Courses

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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 files sizes are large there are two separate packs; you need both. 

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: 

Map was redrawn in 2018 for Leicester 5 Parks Challenge (Beginners) event.  There is no legend on any maps so download a free legend too.

 

Courses

Course

Controls

Length
(km)

Difficulty

Estimated
Time (mins)

Sstart

White

8

0.7

Beginner children probably followed by parents

10-25

Abbey

Yellow

12

1.4

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

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

Lengths of courses shown are in straight lines between controls, and the estimate of times are for someone running to someone walking. Both will vary depending on your route choice and ability.

 

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 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