The Warcop Training Area is a UK Ministry of Defence military training area near the village of Warcop in Cumbria. Part of the Defence Training Estate, the area consists of approximately 24000acre of MoD freehold land.HistoryThe training estate was established in 1942 originally as a tank gunnery range and tanks still use it to this day. On 19 October 1944 a Short Stirling bomber (LK 488), crashed on Mickle Fell whilst on a training flight from its base at RAF Wratting Common in Cambridgeshire; of the seven crew, only one survived. On 4 June 2014, one soldier died and two others were injured in a training accident when a military vehicle rolled over at 11 am.Coverage of the training areaWithin the training area are Little Fell and Mickle Fell, Burton Fell, Warcop Fell, Cronkley Fell and part of Murton Fell.Most of the training area is in Cumbria but a portion is County Durham. The area forms part of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and about two-thirds of the area falls inside the Appleby Fells Site of Special Scientific Interest.Military useWarcop Training Area is used six and a half days a week by the Infantry Training Centre at Catterick Garrison, other regular British Army and Army Reserves using the Warcop Training Camp. The camp also has its own assault course and zip line.