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 from this page, 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. The following weekends in 2016 have been reserved for firing:
16/17 January 2016
13/14 February 2016
12/13 March 2016
8/9 October 2016
19/20 November 2016
10/11 December 2016
There will be no firing during the periods below (all dates inclusive):
Christmas/NewYear 19 Dec 2015 - 04 Jan 2016
Easter 25 Mar 2016 - 04 Apr 2016
Bank Holiday 30 Apr 2015 - 03 May 2016
Spring 28 May 2015 - 06 June 2016
Summer 30 Jul 2015 - 05 Sep 2016
Christmas/NewYear 19 Dec 2016 - 08 Jan 2017
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