Access on MOD Warcop training area

Warcop Training Area, situated in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty between Appleby and Brough, is one of the largest Army training areas in the UK.

The use of public rights of way in the Danger Area (these can clearly be identified on the Ordnance Survey map OL19, Howgill Fells and Upper Eden Valley) is limited to MOD non-firing access days only when live-firing is not taking place. 

If the red flag is flying, or red lanterns displayed, do not enter the area

A list of access (non-firing) days are available from the local paper, libraries, tourist information centres, youth hostels, by calling 0800 783 5181 and from the Gov.UK website

When using these rights of way on the non-firing days please be aware that although they are inspected regularly by the MOD you must ensure you do not pick up or touch any objects or military debris found as there is a residual risk from unexploded ordnance on any military training area and it is essential you follow the waymarked public rights of way.   

Watch the video public safety on MOD training estate.

Warcop training area - access opportunities leaflet (PDF 3MB) is also available and can also be obtained from local Tourist Information Centres. 

Permits to climb specified routes up Mickle Fell are available from:

The Range Officer
Warcop Training Area
CA16 6PA. 

Guided Walks are occasionally organised, allowing access to otherwise unavailable areas such as Helbeck Woods and Little Fell, telephone 017683 43227 for details.

Further information about Warcop Training area from