Extending approximately 6 nautical miles to the south of Lulworth Cove is the Lulworth Gunnery Range. During firing periods, mariners are asked to avoid the range area and keep at least 1 mile clear of the target buoys on St Albans ledge. The extent of the inner range is shown on the chartlet opposite.
The latest firing programme can be downloaded directly from the Government site by clicking this link here, but normal firing times are shown below. (All local times.)
Monday to Friday 0930 - 1700 hrs
Saturday 0930 - 1600/1700 hrs
Sunday 0930 - 1300 hrs
Although Tuesdays and Thursdays are usually chosen for night firing, sometimes other days are selected. Firing begins as soon as it is dark and lasts until 23.59. The timing obviously varies with the season of the year.
Territorial Army training is annual and firing takes place at weekends, but this only occurs a maximum of 6 times a year and is programmed well in advance.
There is unlikely to be firing during the periods below (all dates inclusive), but please check on the official Lulworth range site opposite:
During firing, range safety boats are on station (in all practicable weather conditions) at the outer extremities of the danger area. They can be contacted on VHF Channel 8, call sign “Lulworth Range Safety Boat”. Range control also monitors Channel 8 during firing.
You can also call 01929 404712 during working hours or 01929 404819 for current range information.
Lulworth Range chartlet (click to enlarge).
Note that the firing times are presented in set of tables. These list the times in a table for each week. Times relevant to mariners are listed under the heading: "SEA DANGER AREAS IN USE"
Download firing times