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Public Rights of Way

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There is a network of footpaths and bridleways that traverse MOD Shoeburyness known as Public Rights of Way (PROWs). The routes are open to the public when the Red Flags are lowered and the Range is not active. You do not need permission to use the PROWs but must not attempt to access them when the Red Flags are flying.

If you choose to use the PROWs, you must not deviate from the designated paths. The vast majority of the area is private tenanted land, access to which can only be granted by special permission from the tenant. Once in the vicinity of the Range, you should also observe the signs and signals which are there for your safety.

Please contact the PROW Officer at Essex County Council who will be able to advise you on the restrictions of using the PROWs.

In particular, The Broomway can be hazardous to traverse without a guide. On the right hand side of this page, you can download a document which provides information for those intending to use The Broomway. We strongly suggest that you read this to familarise yourself with the dangers of using the route. We would also like to remind you of the provisions of the Wildlife and Countryside Act and the requirement not to disturb certain species of nesting bird by photography or any other activity.

Operational Safety Closures

From time to time, the Range is required to operate overnight. On these occasions, QinetiQ applies to Essex County Council to keep affected PROWs closed to ensure public safety. The Range is divided into four Land Areas and the overnight closures usually affect one Land Area at a time, which will be indicated by the flying of Red Flags.

Click on the pdf on the right of this page to see a map of the Land Areas and PROWs on MOD Shoeburyness.