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