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Beacon Hill - Lower car park

RegionEast Midlands
ClubLeicestershire Orienteering Club
Nearest townWoodhouse Eaves, Loughborough
PostcodeLE12 8RW
Carpark locationLower Beacon Hill pay on exit

Available Maps

Traditional & Smartphone Virtual orienteering courses here

Beacon Hill is the most popular location in Leicestershire for Orienteering.
Beacon Hill Website

Courses start in the car park and longer courses go round the top of Beacon Hill.   The shorter courses are on the level.

Permission: Larger Groups should seek permission from the Leicestershire County Council Ranger to use the park. You will also be advised on any activity which might affect your plans for your day.

Groups of beginners can practice by using the Star and Loop system.  Download Maps here.  Start in the car park so need care going to the control 28. Download the Youth Leader Guide and then print off the maps you need.  Use the Youth Leader Risk assessment as a guide.

Safety: Take care on the perimeter track as it's multi-use for horses, bikes and pedestrians. Beware moving traffic in the car park.

Animal grazing. Longhorn cattle often graze the east and west side of Beacon Hill (from 1st April to 31st October) and pigs or sheep are enclosed in the areas marked 'out of bounds'.

Known problems: For further information and known issues relating to controls, please see the Leicestershire Orienteering Club website

Feedback on your experiences: to advise the club on any issues please email at. website

Value Map Pack: The 3 map pack contains the Orange, Light Green and Score course maps.

Parking Fees (pay at Pay station cash or card): Autumn 2020  £2 for up to one hour, £3 and then £4 for over three hours. The contactless reader is hidden in the recess under the sign.

Map Updated: February 2019 

VOC Details

The 45 minute Score course may be started here, but you need to download the course from the Beacon Hill Top list.

Other Things to do in the Area

Beacon Hill is home to the Annual National Forest Wood Fair, and some of the wood carvings can be found on the routes. See Pictures.

Extra car parking and the visitor centre/cafe have been added in 2019 and are not reflected on the orienteering map.

Maps Available From

Course

Controls

Length
(km)

Suitable for

Estimated
Time (mins)

Start

White

11

1.8

Beginner children probably followed by parents

20-40

Top

White

8

1.4

 

 

Lower

Yellow

9

1.9

A child with some experience

25-45

Top

Yellow

7

1.7

 

 

Lower

Orange

11

2.7

Adult beginner confident junior

35-70

Top

Orange

9

3.4

 

 

Lower

Light Green

13

3.7

Hard

40-80

Top

Light Green

11

4.0

Hard

40-80

Lower

Score

22

 

Many controls are too hard for beginners

Hardest course available

45

Broombriggs

Score

30

 

Adult or children

Some controls are too hard for beginners

45

Lower

Score

30

 

Adult or children

Some controls are too hard for beginners

45

Top

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

Further Information

  • 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
  • Green colour standard or above controls available for experienced orienteers