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Beacon Hill - Top

RegionEast Midlands
ClubLeicestershire Orienteering Club
Nearest townWoodhouse Eaves, Leicestershire
PostcodeLE12 8SP
Carpark locationBeacon Hill Top Car park - take timed ticket at entrance and pay on exit at machine

Available Maps

Traditional & Smartphone Virtual orienteering courses

Beacon Hill is the most popular orienteering location in Leicestershire.  website 

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

Hazards: Small crags up to 5m high, some small ponds, traffic in the car park, grazing animals.  If you have a group you might want to look at the risk guide at Beacon Lower car park.

Groups: There are beginner practice sessions to be found at the Lower car park.

Safety: Take care on the perimeter track as it's multi-use for horses, bikes and pedestrians.

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'.

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

Parking Fees: Autumn 2018 £2 for up to one hour, £3 and then £4 for over three hours.  Card or Cash payment pay just prior to exit.

Map updated February 2019, minor update June 2020

Courses

Course

Controls

Length
(km)

Suitable for

Estimated
Time (mins)

Start

 

White

11

1.8

Beginner children probably followed by parents

20-40

Top

 

Yellow

9

1.9

A child with some experience

25-45

Top

 

Orange

11

2.7

Adult beginner confident junior

35-70

Top

 

Lt Green

13

3.7

Hard

40-80

Top

 

Score

22

 

Many controls are too hard for juniors

Hardest course available

45

Broombriggs

 

Score

30

 

Adult or children

Some controls are too hard for beginners

45

Top

 

 

The 3 map pack consist of Orange, Light Green and Score maps.

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.

VOC Details

Maprun Smart phone Orienteering

Use the MaprunF app.MaprunF app Garmin watch owners may wish to use the sister app MaprunG.

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.

Courses Available
Courses

Length

(km)

No.

Controls

Suitable for Expected time (mins) Results
White 1.7 12 Beginner 20-45 White
Yellow 2.8 15

Child with some experience

Adult beginner

30-60 Yellow
Score 45 minutes 5.9 28

Experienced orienteer, but some controls can be found by a beginner

The course is a start and finish anywhere course. So choose a starting control and finish at the same point.

20 points per control lose 10 points for each minute late.

45 Score
Green 3.9 13 Experienced orienteers 40-70 Green
Race Map    

Blank map to be used by the more experienced. Use the course on your phone.

Download the "Maprun Control descriptions" to use with this map.

   

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

Click 'Events near me' or click 'Select Event' and go to the UK/Leicestershire/Beacon Hill 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.

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