RAMBLERS are being warned to observe red flags on Holcombe Moor this weekend as military live firing exercises return.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is set to hold two days of live fire training at its training area from 9am to 5pm on January 11 and from 8.30am to 1pm on January 12 ­— however it is possible these timings may change.

During this period red flags by day and red lamps by night will indicate that the range is active and live firing is taking place.

The Range Danger Area will be strictly out of bounds to the public on these occasions.

The Defence Infrastructure Organisation, which manages the area, said: "The public have access to the Public Rights of Way on the remainder of the training area at all times, but should be aware that Dry Training may be in progress with Blank and Pyrotechnic Ammunition.

"Do not attempt to touch or remove anything from Holcombe moor training area – it may be dangerous."

The Friends of Holcombe Moor have also reiterated the warning after the MoD previously closed off the Bull Hill section of the moor to the public when people ignored the red flags.

Christine Taylor, from the Friends of Holcombe Moor, said: "After a lot of negotiating by Friends of Holcombe Moor the MOD have once again let people walk to the trig point on Bull Hill, so it is imperative that people keep out when flags are flying otherwise we will loose the route to the trig point again."

For more information on the training activities call 01204 512615.