Permanent Orienteering Courses

Permanent Orienteering Courses

British Orienteering is pleased to support the use of virtual (smartphone) and permanent Orienteering courses. The promotion and use of virtual and permanent Orienteering courses relate only to England, Scotland (with restrictions), NI and the Isle of Man, as government Policy and Guidance in Wales currently restricts these activities. For more information on courses, you can do with your smartphone see our Virtual Orienteering page.

Permanent Orienteering Courses are a great way to get out and go orienteering at any time. A wide variety of places including parks, gardens, country estates and woodlands have courses set up with marker posts showing the check points. All you need is the map to help you find your way round. These maps will come with instructions on what to look for and an explanation of the symbols used, so it's worth taking a note of these before you set off. 

The majority of permanent courses are suitable for beginners, usually categorised as white (very easy / up to 2.5km), yellow (easy / 2.6km to 5km) or orange (medium / 5km to 7.5km), but if you want a more difficult course these are available on some areas too.

Covid-19 - Getting a map: At present, many leisure centres and visitor information centres are closed, so when using the search facility for a map, make sure you pick one that you can download and that the venue, including car parks are open. Please note trail-O is a specialised form of orienteering, not to be confused with trail running.

Whether you're looking for a different walk with the family, wanting to discover new places or hidden corners, or adding variety to a training run, Permanent Orienteering Courses have a lot to offer.

Find available courses using the interactive map and filter boxes below.

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Beacon Hill - Top

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

Available Maps

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

These courses start in the car park and longer courses go round the top of Beacon Hill. 

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.

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

Courses

Course

Controls

Length
(km)

Difficulty

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.

 

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