logo Walking Britain

Leicestershire Walk
Out Wood & Beacon Hill from Loughborough

County/Area - Leicestershire

Author - Jon Ivins

Length - 6.8 miles / 11.1 km    Ascent - 650 feet / 197 metres

Time - 4 hours 0 minutes    Grade - easy/mod

Start - OS grid reference SK516176
Lat 52.753558 // Long -1.236919
Postcode LE11 3TN (approx. location only)
what3words start trick.closer.ending

Maps Ordnance Survey Logo Anquet Maps Logo

Ordnance Survey Explorer 246Sheet Map1:25kBUY
Anquet OS Explorer 246Digital Map1:25kBUY

It is recommended you take a map. The preferred scale is 1:25k.

Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - Out Wood & Beacon Hill from Loughborough
Click thumbnails for larger images.

This Leicestershire walk starts from the outskirts of Loughborough and visits the county's highest point The Beacon. The summit offers fine views over a large area of Leicestershire and the East Midlands. The route takes you through The Out Woods with careful navigation and a relevant map necessary to complete the walk. For those requiring refreshments there is a convenient pub in Woodhouse Eaves village. Part of the walk crosses a narrow brook via steppingstones, please take this into account if it has been very rainy.

Free car parking is available in Watermead Lane adjacent to the start of the walk on Nanpantan Road to the southwest of Loughborough centre (SK516176). After parking take the signed track running south and parallel to Watermead Lane (out past the club house and sports fields). Continue past the sports ground on your left. After 700 metres, before the sign saying private farming land turn right leave the track (grid ref. SK518170) and follow the path/track up into Out Woods. Once in the woods take the path ahead of you to reach Woodhouse Lane (grid ref. SK511163). Turn right along the road and after 200 metres turn left right through a wooden kissing gate along a path clearly signed 'permissive path'. As you come out of the woods, keep the fencing/wall to your right go up, follow through the woods, then in the woods take a left up it's a bit of a scramble onto a ridge (at the top there are rocks coming out of the ground virtually upright). Follow the path through the woods where the three paths meet turn right and follow the map, you then come out at a brook with a wooden bridge over it. Walk across the field with the brook on your left. Take a right and the brook is now on your left again. Follow the path, where the gate is you can come out into the field but do not walk - up the field, keep the brook to your left. Walk through the field, if not overgrown you can keep to the narrow path. You then take a sharp left through the gate and over the stepping stones. Follow this rather sinuous path through Felicity's Wood and over a ladder stile into Dean's Lane (grid ref. SK504152).

Turn left and almost immediately right onto a path signed as 'Beacon Hill Country Park - North Gate'. Follow the path initially through trees to reach open land with Beacon Hill now in sight. Follow the wide path then cut through left on to the summit and enjoy the view. (If not too windy lovely to sit and have lunch on the edges or the bench). From the summit descend east on a clear path soon a joining a clear track that leads to Beacon Hill Lower Car park (grid ref. SK521148). Just before reaching the road take the track on the right (to the left of a wooden bench). Continue a short way along this track soon bearing left onto a narrower path that leads parallel to Breakback Road to reach a T-junction with Woodhouse Road (grid ref. SK524146).

Turn left into Woodhouse Eaves and walk to reach the Old Bull's Head pub on the right. Just opposite the pub, turn left down Brook Road along a signed footpath to Loughborough. Continue along this lane for 1.5 km to reach a junction of tracks (grid ref. SK520156) just south west of Pocket Gate Farm. Continue along Brook Road and locate the path on the right a short way past the junction of tracks (approx. grid ref. SK519155). Now comes a tricky section of navigation. Follow the path through the trees to join a clearer path at grid ref. SK519156 heading north. This path is marked with orange flashes and leads north through Out Woods. Continue on this path north for 1.4 km following the orange flashes to reach a T-junction with the track used for the first part of the walk at grid ref. SK513167). Turn right and retrace your steps back to the start.



Other walks nearby

Walk 1540 Wood Brook and Buck Hill from Nanpantan Reservoir - easy - 2.5 miles/4.1 km

Walk 1487 Blackbrook Reservoir & Nanpantan from Mount St Bernard - moderate - 12.0 miles/19.5 km

Walk 2315 Old John & Beacon Hill - easy/mod - 8.8 miles/14.2 km

Walk 2234 Belton, Osgathorpe, Worthington & Wilson from Diseworth - moderate - 13.8 miles/22.4 km

Walk 2080 Belton, Osgathorpe, & Worthington from Diseworth - easy/mod - 10.3 miles/16.7 km

Walk 1465 Sileby, Barrow on Soar and Walton from Seagrave - easy/mod - 12.5 miles/20.3 km

Walk 1592 Thornton Reservoir - easy - 2.5 miles/4.1 km

Walk 1543 Desford, Botcheston and Thornton (Reservoir) from Ratby - moderate - 11.0 miles/17.9 km

Walk 1591 Thornton Reservoir From Ratby - easy/mod - 6.3 miles/10.2 km

Walk 1537 Frisby on the Wreake & Brooksby from Rearsby - moderate - 12.3 miles/19.9 km

Recommended Books & eBooks

The End to End Trail

The End to End Trail
More information

Map and Compass

Map and CompassAn instructive guidebook explaining map and compass techniques, to help readers enhance their outdoor experiences. Whether you are experienced in map-reading, or have never used a compass before, this guidebook will sharpen your skills and have you exploring new areas in no time. There are also tips for GPS and digital mapping technologies.
More information

Social Media

Follow Walking Britain for the latest news.

Facebook Twitter

CBD For Walking & Hiking

Discover the benefits of CBD for walkers and hikers. More info.

Mountain Weather

Stay safe on the mountains with detailed weather forecasts - for iOS devices or for Android devices.

Digital Mapping Guide

Digital Mapping Guide - a simple guide of how to start using digital mapping. Includes advice and useful links.