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Detailed guide: Public access to military areas

Ministry Of Defence

February 18
17:01 2021

Overview

Location details, opportunities and restrictions for accessing military owned land in the United Kingdom.

It is important to read the information safety before accessing a military site. In addition further information on access restrictions can be found on the MOD byelaws page and the firing notices.

Health and Safety reminder for all military training areas and ranges

  • do not touch any military items

  • wash your hands before you eat

  • clean your shoes and boots before you enter your car or home

Further safety guidance for dog walkers can be found in our safety guide, Your dog and you on MOD land

Locations in East England

Barton Road

Location details and access opportunities and restrictions for Barton Road, Southwest Cambridge, between Barton and Comberton.

Location

Southwest of Cambridge, between Barton and Comberton.

Site Description

This site is a small Rifle Range, in the undulating countryside of Cambridgeshire.

Access Opportunities

A small network of public rights of way, including the locally promoted Whitwell Way, (which is open at all times) connect the local villages across fields.

The training area is used for live firing. Red flags are flown during the day and red lamps are lit at night during firing periods at which time access is prohibited to the Range Danger Area.

Further Information

Contact the Commandant 01206 736149

OS Map References

OS Landranger Sheet 154(Cambridge, Newmarket & Surrounding Area)1:50,000
OS Explorer Sheet 209(Cambridge, Royston, Duxford & Linton) 1:25,000

Beckingham training area

Location details and access opportunities and restrictions for Beckingham training area, East of Newark-on-Trent, near the villiage of Beckingham.

Location

East of Newark-on-Trent, near the village of Beckingham.

Site Description

An area of grassland lying in the floodplain of the River Witham where the waterlogged fields in winter and sympathetic management has resulted in a rich variety of wild plants. In addition to enjoying the plants you will also find a wide range of insects and some interesting birds. The site is adjacent to Stapleford Wood.

Access Opportunities

There is a network of public rights of way mainly in the western area of the site.

The Training Area is used for live firing. There is no access at any time to the live firing Danger Area.

Further Information

Live firing notices are issued to local parishes and the police.For further information, contact the Range Office on 01636 626367.

OS Map References

OS Landranger Sheet 121
(Lincoln & Surrounding Area) 1:50,000
OS Explorer Sheet 271
(Newark-on-Trent: Retford, Southwell & Saxilby) 1:25,000

Fingringhoe ranges

Location details and access opportunities and restrictions for Fingringhoe ranges, South of Colchester, in the Colne Estuary.

South of Colchester, in the Colne Estuary

Site Description

This is a remote area, south of Colchester, with much of the site below sea level, consisting of reclaimed wetland and marsh. The site extends out into the Colne Estuary, renowned as one of Essexs prettiest estuaries, with attractive waterside communities and contrasting landscapes of woodland, fields and marshes.

The marshland area of Fingringhoe Ranges is part of the Colne Estuary Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and is also designated a Ramsar site and a Special Protection Area (SPA). There is a Nature Reserve to the north east of the site.

Access Opportunities

A public right of way follows the northern and western boundaries of the site.

The training area is used for live firing. There is no access to the Range Danger Area.

Further Information

Contact the commandant on 01206 736149.

OS Map References

OS Landranger Sheet 168
(Colchester & The Blackwater Area) 1:50,000
OS Explorer Sheet 184
(Colchester) 1:25,000

Middlewick ranges & Friday Woods training area

Location details and access opportunities and restrictions for Middlewick ranges & Friday Woods training area on the southern perimeter of Colchester.

Location

On the southern perimeter of Colchester.

Site Description

Colchester is a large garrison town. Middlewick Ranges and Friday Woods Training Area are to the south of the town and include both live firing Ranges and areas used for dry training, not involving live firing.

The areas are a mixture of woodland, arable cropping and grassland, incorporating Donyland Woods. Some of the land is designated as part of the Roman River Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

Access Opportunities

Public rights of way, including footpaths and bridleways, run through parts of the Ranges and Training Area.

The Range area is used for live firing. Red flags are flown during day and red lamps are lit at night during live firing periods during which time access is prohibited to the live firing Range Danger Area.

The Friday Woods Dry Training Area is a very popular area for local dog walkers. Please see Related pages/documents on the right for details of a walk around Friday Woods.

Further Information

Contact the Commandant on 01206 736149.

OS Map References

OS Landranger Sheet 168
(Colchester & The Blackwater Area) 1:50,000
OS Explorer Sheet 184
(Colchester) 1:25,000

Watton Brook

Location details and access opportunities and restrictions for Watton Brook, Norfolk.

Location

Site Description

Stanford training area consists of almost 11000 hectares of heath, woodland and farmland used for a wide range of army training activities, including live firing.

Access Opportunities

For a walk along a brook, through a meadow and a small willow Carr please see Related pages/documents for details around Watton Brook.

Access is not allowed when the red flags situated at each end of the walk are flying. It is therefore advisable to check the access times with the Range Control prior to a visit to the area.

Further Information

For information on access times call 01842 855235 (Manned 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays

OS Map Reference

OS Landranger Sheet 144 (1: 50 000)
OS Explorer Sheet 229 and 236 (1:25000)

Location in the Midlands

Kingsbury Ranges

Location details and access opportunities and restrictions for Kingsbury Ranges in North Warwickshire.

Location

In North Warwickshire, 4 miles south of Tamworth, near the villages of Piccadilly, Kingsbury and Wood End.

Site Description

The landscape of the Rifle Ranges at Kingsbury is gently undulating, with areas of grassed over spoil heaps, a relict of historic coal mining activity, and Kingsbury Wood, a broad leaved/mixed woodland which has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

Access Opportunities

There are two footpaths in the south east of the area, and the area north of the tramway contains two other public footpaths. These are outside the Range Danger Area and are accessible at all times.

When the Ranges are used for live firing, red flags are flown.

Further Information

Live firing notices are issued to local police stations, post offices and residents who wish to be informed.

For further information on live firing times contact the booking cell during office hours on Tel: 01785 763159 or 01785 763132.

OS Map References

OS Landranger Sheet 139
(Birmingham & Surrounding Area) 1:50,000

OS Landranger Sheet 140
(Leicester & Coventry Area) 1:50,000

OS Explorer Sheet 232(Nuneaton & Tamworth) 1:25,000

Leek and Upper Hulme

Location details and access opportunities and restrictions for Leek a

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