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Beacon Fell

RegionNorth West
ClubSouth Ribble Orienteering Club
Nearest townPreston/Garstang
PostcodePR3 2NL
Carpark locationPR3 2NL Small charge

The Beacon Fell Country Park consists of 110 hectares (271 acres) of woodland, moorland and farmland. The Beacon Fell summit is 266 metres (873 feet) above sea level and offers spectacular views of the Forest of Bowland and Morecambe Bay. On a clear day it is even possible to see the Isle of Man. There is an abundance of wildlife for those who are prepared to be observant. Rabbits and hares are frequent and are easily spotted. Roe deer are a little more elusive, but patience may well be rewarded! Stoats and weasels can be seen running across the road or clambering over the dry stone walls. As many as 11 species of dragonflies and damselflies may be seen around the ponds during the summer months.

 

There are 5 courses available:

Short 1.4 Km (say 30 minutes to walk round)

Medium 2.5 Km (say 45 mins)

Long 4.1 Km (say 70 mins)

Two junior courses of about 750m and 1 Km (10 mins and 20 mins)

Map packs are available from the cafe for a small charge.
 

Other Things to do in the Area

The woodland trail

The woodland trail takes about 40 minutes to complete, taking you past Larch Avenue, Shield Wood, Tarn Wood, Middle Wood and the summit. As you go round the trail you will see the different species of trees that have been planted in the wood and the different habitats that they have created.

Sculpture trail

Starting at the Orme Sight adjacent to the visitor centre the trail leads up to the summit of Beacon fell. The trail features a number of sculptures carved by local artist Thompson Dagnall.

Fellside trail

The fellside trail is a circular route provided for horse riders. The route takes approximately one hour to complete.

Beacon Fell summit

A triangulation pillar is situated on the site of where the beacon would have stood. Records show that there was a beacon here as long ago as 1002 AD. Later maps show it as part of a chain used to warn of impending danger such as the approach of the Spanish Armada in 1588. More recent beacons have been used to celebrate such occasions as coronations and jubilees. Rising to a height of 266 metres above sea level the summit gives fantastic panoramic views of the Bowland Fell and Parlick Fell.

There is also a cafe on site from where the permanent course maps can be purchased.

Maps Available From

Cafe in Visitor Centre

Further Information

  • White and/or yellow standard controls suitable for beginners
  • Orange and/or light green standard controls suitable for people with some experience
  • Green colour standard or above controls available for experienced orienteers