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. The 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 2020 there were 490 bids submitted prior to the COVID-19 pandemic (Regular – 73, Reserve – 185, Cadets – 232). There were also a further 189 bids during the pandemic (Regular – 46, Reserve – 110, Cadets – 33).

In 2020 the ranges and dry training areas were in use for 171 days a significant drop from the 263 days in 2019 due to COVID-19.

As at 1st November 2021 there have been 523 bids submitted for this year (Regular – 124, Reserve – 234, Cadets – 165).

Altcar Training Camp Mission

Is to make Altcar Training Camp and its ranges and training areas available to support the training requirements for:

  • Regular units/organisations
  • Reserve units/organisations
  • Cadet units/organisations – SCC, ACF, ATC & CCF

And to enable irreducible spare capacity to be used for:

  • Other Government Departments e.g. Police & other Emergency Services
  • Other users through the Alternative Venues initiative e.g. Civilian Rifle Clubs and other organisations

In addition to the above, be prepared to provide accommodation and training facilities for operational surge activities/requirements

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