Otterburn Training Area

The Otterburn Army Training Estate is a military training area near Otterburn, Northumberland, in northern England. It is owned by the UK's Ministry of Defence (MoD) and operated by Landmarc on contract from the MoD's Defence Infrastructure Organisation.[1] The range is used for training up to 30,000 soldiers per year.[citation needed] The site was established in 1911[2] and covers about 242 square kilometres (93 sq mi) of the southern Cheviot Hills, 23% of the Northumberland National Park.[3] The National Park was established in 1956, 45 years after establishment of the Artillery Range.

Otterburn Training Area
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The southern entrance to Otterburn MoD camp
Otterburn Training Area is located in Northumberland
Otterburn Training Area
Otterburn Training Area
Location within Northumberland
Coordinates55°22′10″N 2°18′20″W / 55.36944°N 2.30556°W / 55.36944; -2.30556
TypeTraining Area
Site information
OwnerMinistry of Defence
Operator British Army
Site history
Built forWar Office
In use1911 – present

Otterburn is the UK's largest firing range, and is in frequent use. The ranges are used by AS-90 artillery and M270 Multiple Launch Rocket Systems; Otterburn is the only place in the UK where the MLRS can be fired, requiring an 11 mile long by 2 mile wide firing range.[2][4] Because of the danger posed by live fire exercises, recreational use of the area is restricted, although it is possible for the public to use some parts of the estate subject to the relevant bylaws. The MoD publishes a booklet, Walks on Ministry of Defence Lands, which offers advice on this.[5]



  1. ^ Frances Perraudin (24 August 2016). "Tributes paid to soldier killed in Otterburn live firing exercise". The Guardian.
  2. ^ a b "DTE Otterburn Public Information Leaflet" (PDF). Ministry of Defence. 4 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Otterburn Ranges". Northumberland National Park. Retrieved 27 June 2018.
  4. ^ Nicholas Schoon (26 April 1997). "Travel: Tanks for the wildlife". The Independent. Archived from the original on 2 December 2014.
  5. ^ Walking guides on the Defence Estate, including Otterburn. Ministry of Defence

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