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Beacon Fell Middle and Yellow Courses October 2020

RegionNorth West
ClubSouth Ribble Orienteering Club
Nearest townGarstang/Chipping
PostcodePR3 2NL
Carpark location Follow brown tourist signs to Beacon Fell and the Visitor Centre/Cafe PR3 2NL Small charge for parking

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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.

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.

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.

Other Things to do in the Area

Virtual Orienteering Safety Aspects

You are reminded that your take part in this activity at your own risk

 

As with any countryside activity, there are various hazards that you need to be aware of and you need to take action to avoid these to remain safe. These include :

 

Slippery paths/slopes, especially where steps (wet leaves and perhaps ice), and uneven surfaces including tree roots.

 

Large crags/cliffs and other rock features. (particularly Williamson Park)

 

Lakes and ponds – slippery margins.

 

Prickly vegetation.

Branches/twigs

 

Moving vehicles in public car parks and access roads

 

Members of public, dog walkers, cyclists – please avoid and be courteous to.

 

Corona Virus

Please remember to stay safe when undertaking any type of orienteering - and to stay within the government's guidelines on social distancing - these courses are provided as an opportunity for us to individually (or in families) enjoy a small bit of our sport again.
We hope that you enjoy the ability to use these maps, but please be mindful of your own health and others', we ask that you will:

heed the current government restrictions for example if you have a pre-existing medical condition
keep yourself safe, but also be aware and keep any members of the general public safe, so handwashing/cleaning is important and do consider this as technical training, not a race - always give people you encounter 2m of space - if you need to divert or stop and wait, please do so
support the government's efforts to manage the infection.

 

The map can be downloaded from this site for free

 

Maprun Smart phone App

This is a Virtual Orienteering course, where your phone uses gps to register at the start, the controls and the finish. Your phone beeps each time. Then upload your results to see your position on the leader board.

 

Download the MaprunF app (not the Maprun app) for free

There is now a MaprunG for use with Garmin and certain other watches.

http://maprunners.weebly.com/

Probably best to download the app and the course to your phone when you have wifi, but it can be done at the venue if you have data.

To use the Maprun app when at home or in the car park, start the MaprunF app

Click 'Events near me' or click 'Select Event' and go to the UK/Lancashire folder to find the courses.

Folder

Course

Lancaster, Wyre, Fylde, Ribble Valley

Williamson Park

Lancaster, Wyre, Fylde, Ribble Valley

Beacon Fell

South Ribble, Chorley, Preston

Worden Park

   
   

 

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.

Enter your name to appear in the results.

Make sure your GPS is on and that you are not in power-saving mode.

One final tip - if your phone does not beep at a control but you know you are there, just carry on - you can review your result using the Review Results function (top right menu bars) when you finish.

See here for a quick guide to using MaprunF

If you have any queries or want more information please email Development@sroc.org

 

Maps Available From

Download from this portal for free.

Further Information

  • White and/or yellow standard controls suitable for beginners
  • Green colour standard or above controls available for experienced orienteers