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Castle Hill - Gorse Hill

RegionEast Midlands
ClubLeicestershire Orienteering Club
Nearest townAnstey, Leicester
PostcodeLE7 7AN
Carpark locationOn street on Gorse Hill off Leicester Road, Anstey

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Safety: The area is split into two by the A46, where courses cross the A46 you must use the tunnels or bridge.

Terrain: The area is actively managed by volunteers. The minor paths and woodland change fairly regularly. The western area is part of a flood protection scheme and can be very wet and muddy.

Starting Point: There are other courses at different start points within this park. Including a 45 minute score which could be started here.

If you need a map legend download one here Legend

Castle Hill Country Park

Course

Controls

Length
(km)

Suitable for

Estimated
Time (mins)

Start Point

White

7

1.1

Beginner children may need to be shadowed

12-25

Ancient Monument

White

13

2.1

 

15-30

Beaumont Lodge

White

12

1.9

 

15-30

Gorse Hill

Yellow

11

2.5

A child with some experience

20-40

Anstey

Yellow

12

2.4

 

20-40

Gorse Hill

Yellow

13

2.2

 

20-40

Heatherbrook School

Orange

10

2.6

Adult beginner /confident junior

20-40

Ancient Monument

Green

17

4.0

Experienced Adult or Junior

60-120

Gorse Hill

Score

25

 

Some sites are too difficult for beginners

45

Anstey

Score

25

 

 

45

Heatherbrook School

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

VOC Details

Use the Maprun6 app.Maprun 6 app  Garmin watch owners may wish to use the sister app MaprunG, you will need a printed course map.

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 map from here but you can just use the one on your smartphone.

Map Updated  August 2020 and November 2020 for Maprun courses

Courses Available
Course No. of controls Length Suitable for Expected Time (mins) Hazards Comment Results
Maprun Green 15 4.0 With some orienteering experience 35 to 70 Dual carriageway, water courses and ponds 90% parkland Green

Maprun Urban

Blue

16 5.6 With some orienteering experience 40 to 75 Dual carriageway, water courses and ponds 50% urban 50% parkland paths Blue
Sprint 1 10 2.4 With some orienteering experience 15-35 Traffic

Normally break before  doing Sprint 2

 
Sprint 2 10 2.4 With some orienteering experience 15-35 Traffic    
Sprint A 8 1.8 With some  orienteering experience 10-30 Traffic Normally break before doing Sprint B  
Sprint B 8 1.8 With some orienteering experience 10-30 Traffic    

Control Descriptions: IOF descriptions are used if you need help download an instruction sheet. IOF sheet

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

 

Other Things to do in the Area

Bradgate Park 

National Space Centre 

Maps Available From

 

 

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