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Otterburn Ranges

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Spectacular unspoilt landscapes to enjoy

When you can go

Sometimes areas are cordoned off from the public for military exercises. Visitors are welcome outside of live firing times if no red flags are displayed. But you may still hear blank ammunition and pyrotechnics being used. You are free to access land to the north of the River Coquet at all times as here there is no live firing. Find the Otterburn firing times on the Ministry of Defence’s website, here.

Safety guidelines

  • When military exercises are happening, red flags around the boundaries indicate restricted access.
  • Do not pick up, kick or remove any object.
  • Do not stray off the public rights of way or tarmac roads.
  • There is no guarantee that roads and tracks will be salted or cleared of snow in bad weather.

Where you can go

The Otterburn Ranges Access Guide is shows the areas open to the public during and after firing. It includes the Otterburn Ranges Byelaws. You can get a free copy from National Park Visitor Centres, Information Points, Libraries, Tourist Information Centres, local shops and pubs.

Description

This remote area is the wild heart of the National Park.

Covering nearly a quarter of Northumberland National Park, it is a wildlife lover’s paradise.

Explore the Otterburn Ranges with Google Street View
 

Moorland birds, wild goats and even the rare black grouse have flourished here with so few humans around.

This is because Otterburn Ranges has been owned since 1911 by the Ministry of Defence.

What’s on offer?

  • Walking, cycling and riding routes.
  • Birdwatching and wildlife.
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The wild, open, undulating landscape of the Otterburn Ranges. Photo by Peter Skelton.

Getting There

Car: From the A1, follow the A696 to Otterburn, then follow the signposts for Otterburn Ranges.

  • Twenty three per cent of Northumberland National Park (stretching from the A68 to Upper Coquetdale) is owned by the Ministry of Defence and used as a military training area.
  • It is the shared aim of the Northumberland National Park and the MoD to encourage as much access to the area as possible.
  • If you are in any doubt about where you can go, please contact the Range Liaison Officer by phoning 0191 239 4201/0191 239 4227.
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Planning

Planning in the National Park

Northumberland National Park Authority is the statutory Planning Authority for the area of the Northumberland National Park. View our planning pages here.


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