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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 the Pay station

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 of 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 found at Beacon Lower car park on this website.

Courses are affected by Jewel hill closure.  Please check the Leicestershire County Council website. Orange light Green and Score have been modified to miss this area for ground-nesting birds.

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





Suitable for

Time (mins)






Beginner children probably followed by parents







A child with some experience







Adult beginner confident junior




Lt Green










Many controls are too hard for juniors

Hardest course available







Adult or children

Some controls are too hard for beginners





The 3 map pack consist of Orange, Light Green and Score maps. Note there is a summer pack and one for the rest of the year.

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

Courses are affected by Jewel hill closure.  Please check the Leicestershire County Council website.  Suggest  Maprun White Miss 1 Map run Yellow miss 1 & 2. You will get a mis-punch!

Use the Maprun6 app.Maprun 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





Suitable for Expected time (mins) Hazards Results
White 1.7 12 Beginner 20-45 Ground nesting birds Summer White
Yellow 2.8 15

Child with some experience

Adult beginner

30-60 Ground nesting birds Summer 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 Ground nesting birds Summer 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 Maprun6 app

If you are at the site or are close by, click 'Events near me' or at home, 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.

Beginners there are a couple of features to help you navigate: Before the start, the location and track are always shown. Once you pass the start the location and track disappear ... unless you have enabled 'show track' or 'show location'. These features can be enabled in 'Options and settings' before you start. For some courses, we had added a ‘show me’ feature. Where it's available there is a button on the screen but you can only use it a few times.

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