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Public Rights of Way Routes

There is a network of footpaths, bridleways and byways 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 routes and must use them in accordance with their legal grading (i.e. footpath - suitable for pedestrians only; bridleway - suitable for pedestrians, horses and pedal bikes; byway - suitable for pedestrians, horses, pedal bikes and vehicles). The vast majority of MOD Shoeburyness is private tenanted land, access to which can only be granted by permission from the tenant. Once in the vicinity of the Range, you must also observe and obey the signs and signals which are there for your safety.

More information about the permitted use of PROWs is available from Essex Highways.

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 familiarise 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.

Landwick Gate Car Park

The car park at Landwick Gate is part of the MOD estate and is not for use by recreational visitors to Wakering Stairs.  

Operational Safety Closures

From time to time, the Range is required to operate overnight. On these occasions, QinetiQ applies to Essex Highways 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 and local signage. Any closures of this nature are notified on our website.

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