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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.

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

Safety: 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. 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

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. 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.

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Available Maps
3 map Summer pack(O/LG/Score)£1.20
3 maps (Orange, Light green Score)£1.20
Beacon Check LettersFREE
Maprun Control descriptionsFREE
Maprun Green£0.50
Maprun Race Map Blank mapFREE
Maprun Score 45£0.50
Maprun WhiteFREE
MapRun YellowFREE
Orange£1.00
Score£1.00
Summer Light Green£1.00
Summer Orange£1.00
WhiteFREE
Yellow£0.50
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Further Information
Region: East Midlands
Nearest Town: Woodhouse Eaves, Leicestershire
Postcode: LE12 8SP
Carpark: LE12 8SP
Forest & more rural
Suitable for beginners
Suitable for intermediate orienteerers
Suitable for advanced orienteerers
Available Maps
3 map Summer pack(O/LG/Score)£1.20
3 maps (Orange, Light green Score)£1.20
Beacon Check LettersFREE
Maprun Control descriptionsFREE
Maprun Green£0.50
Maprun Race Map Blank mapFREE
Maprun Score 45£0.50
Maprun WhiteFREE
MapRun YellowFREE
Orange£1.00
Score£1.00
Summer Light Green£1.00
Summer Orange£1.00
WhiteFREE
Yellow£0.50
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Traditional Start
Traditional Finish
Long horned cattle
Sculpture
MapRun easy start
Maprun Hard start
Maprun Green Finish
VOC Details

Maprun Smart phone Orienteering

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.

Hazards: Ground nesting birds in Summer

Courses Available
Courses

Length

(km)

/controls

Suitable for

Expected time

(mins)

Results
White

1.7

/12

Beginner 20-45 White
Yellow

2.8

/1.5

A 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 access the maprun map, scan the QR code. OR

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.

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