Safety

Brief

Do not touch any military debris- it may be dangerous.
If you encounter any suspicious objects: mark the area, note the location and inform the Operations room at Sennybridge Camp on Tel : 01874 635599 or main Guardroom on 01874 635570.

Range Danger Areas

Sennybridge training area is physically marked on the ground by MOD warning signs along the outer perimeter which are outlined on the 1:25,000 and 1:50,000 maps of the area informing unauthorised civilians to keep out. The area is controlled by Byelaws and defined as a danger area. Live firing takes place most days on Sennybridge, and as the Epynt Way does not encroach on the Impact area the public can still use the Epynt Way ensuring they stay on the route which is clearly marked by waymarker throughout with 1.2 metre posts and finger posts at junctions with external paths.

Safety

It is the responsibility of each individual to ensure their fitness for the route planned, assess the weather, have appropriate equipment, inform relevant persons of their plans, route and timing, park considerately, observe the Countryside Code and keep dogs under control. Mobile phone reception is very variable and in general poor.

The Mynydd Epynt which forms the main part of the MOD Sennybridge Training Area, is a relatively high plateau or Pamir rising up to 400m above the surrounding lower lying rivers and towns. Being glacial in origin the sides are therefore steep as can be the side snouts or moraines on the southern side. Most of the walks are fairly strenuous in terms of length and/or terrain. Allowance should be made for this.

The ground varies in nature but is generally field or moorland with clumps of reed/coarse grass. Walking boots rather than trainers or wellies are strongly advised. Sunglasses are advised in summer especially if walking west towards the setting sun.

Waterproof clothing should be carried for trunk, legs, hands and head. The weather can change very rapidly and can often be different to that forecast. The temperature can drop quite markedly in rain and wind with the combination leading to a risk of hypothermia. If walking after heavy rain the ground can quickly become sodden and in parts very boggy.

  • Visibility should be good for safe walking. This can reduce dramatically and quickly.
  • Take water and food appropriate for the duration of your trip.
  • Walking poles/sticks are a valuable aid in this steep and boggy terrain.
  • Study the maps of the planned route, reading them in conjunction with the route description, before starting.
  • Please do not light fires and take any litter home with you.
  • Camping (wild or otherwise), for your safety, is not permitted within the MOD Training Area boundary.