Walk 2941 - printer friendly version
Out Wood & Beacon Hill from Loughborough Walk
Author - Jon Ivins
Length - 6.8 miles / 11.1 km
Ascent - 650 feet / 197 metres
Grade - easy/mod
Start - OS grid reference SK516176
Lat 52.7535580 + Long -1.2369193
Postcode LE11 3TN (approx. location only)
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.
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. Continue past the sports ground on your left. After 700 metres, leave the track (grid ref. SK518170) and follow the path/track through Out Woods to reach Woodhouse Lane (grid ref. SK511163). Turn right along the road and after 200 metres turn right through a wooden kissing gate along a path clearly signed 'permissive path'. Follow this rather sinuous path around the edge of 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 path to the summit and enjoy the view. 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.