Altcar Training Camp

Altcar Training Camp is owned and managed by NW RFCA as one of the UK’s premier facilities for small arms marksmanship training. Altcar Training Camp lies at the estuary mouth of the River Alt, towards the southern end of the Sefton Coast sand dune system, twelve miles north of Liverpool in the village of Hightown. The estate covers 620 acres of range and dry training areas, and 500 acres of beaches and sand dunes which are available for training when there is no live firing.

The site is used extensively by Regular, Reserve and Cadet units from all three Services for military and civilian activities and training. 

In 2015 528 bids were received from units for use of the site – to date (October), we have received over 630 unit bids for 2016. The ranges and dry training areas were in use for 297 days in 2015, with over 108,000 ‘heads on beds’ excluding some 12,000 day users that year, and 320,000 meals served.

Altcar Training Camp Mission

To make Altcar Training Camp and Ranges available to support the training requirements for:

  • Regular Forces units
  • Reserve Forces units
  • Cadet units (SCC, ACF, ATC, CCF)
  • Police & Civilian Clubs
  • Operational support to deployments and contingencies


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Reserve Forces