A Little Bit of Diggle History...

Diggle Ranges are probably the largest member owned range complex in Great Britain if not Europe.  Records indicate that target shooting took place in our valley as early as 1860 – probably as a result of the Volunteer Rifle Corps Act of 1859.  The Ranges as we see them today, were formalised some time later and we have records confirming that the Range House was constructed by the military around 1897.

The Ranges were in continuous use by the military until 1973 and at that time, five civilian shooting clubs were also sharing the facilities.  When the Army pulled out, the civilian clubs were able to purchase the Range House, Ranges and danger areas comprising some 660 acres of Pennine moorland. The five clubs eventually amalgamated into the Pennine Shooting Sports Association, managers of Diggle Ranges.  The PSSA Committee is composed of elected members who stand for re-election every three years.

Facilities at Diggle

The range complex is extensive – 660 acres in total and offering fullbore rifle shooting out to 1000 yards.  There are four ranges:

A Range - This is a 100 yard range with covered firing-points with eight permanent concrete benches.  It is used extensively for competitions and the United Kingdom Benchrest Association hold their 100 yard shoots on this range.
B Range - This ranges has grassed firing-points at 100, 200 and 300 yards with formal butts with six target frames.  At the 300 yard point is a covered firing area with five permanent concrete benches.
C Range Our 1000 yard range also offers shooting at 400, 500, 600, 800 and 900 yards via grassed firing-points.   At 600 and 1000 yards there are covered firing-points with eight permanent concrete benches in each.
D Range - A 100 yard sighting-in range, equipped with a covered firing-point and five concrete benches. The outdoor shooting facilities are backed up with a substantial stone-built centrally-heated Range House complete with toilet and kitchen facilities, members lounge, general clubroom and a well-equipped shop.

Parking - We have a proper surfaced car park adjacent to the Range House and further ladies and gents toilets and showers in a separate building. Basic ‘bunkhouse accommodation is also available for visiting shooters.

Shooting at Diggle - We have a large, active membership and cater for most shooting disciplines.  Formal competitions are held every weekend (click for calendar) throughout the year and we also host several national events, including Practical Rifle, GB F Class, Quigley and Benchrest plus our famous Egg Shoot and Fly Shoot.   Regular competitions are held for the following disciplines: Target Rifle - F Class - Benchrest - Classic Military Rifle - Under-lever Rifle - Black-powder Cartridge Rifle - Practical Rifle & Civilian Service Rifle - Practical Shotgun - Mini Rifle - Tactical Rifle & McQueen - Disabled Shooting - Click (here) to view our shooting calendar.

Membership - The Pennine Shooting Sports Association has over 300 members but applications for membership are always welcome e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  We are managers and owners of Diggle Ranges and we believe that we offer excellent value to shooters wishing to become members of the PSSA. Day visitors holding an FAC are welcome and a £15.00 range fee is payable, which entitles the user to shoot on any of our ranges subject of course to safety constraints.

Range Hire - We are proud to have British Aerospace amongst our regular clients.  Greater Manchester Police and the Royal Armouries are also frequent users. We are happy to hire out the facilities to commercial bodies or private clubs.  Individual ranges can be hired by the day or half day or the whole complex may be hired exclusively.  We can supply targetry and butts crews by prior arrangement.  Please e-mail our chairman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   to discuss your requirements. 

Finding Diggle Ranges - Click (here) to view map on our contacts page. Our ranges are located approximately ten miles north-east of Manchester in the foothills of the Pennines close to the villages of Uppermill and Diggle.  Uppermill and the surrounding area is a popular tourist destination with many attractions including a museum and a working canal – passing through the second-longest canal tunnel in the UK.  Shops, cafes, restaurants etc. are open all day Saturday and Sunday.  A cash-machine is available at the Natwest Bank in the centre of Uppermill approximately two miles away. There are many hotels, guesthouses and B&B accommodation.  Below is a small selection who are well used to welcoming shooters. 

The Diggle Hotel – just over half a mile from the Range offering safe parking, excellent food and accommodation.
Tel: 01457-87-2741
Sunfield Stables – Even closer than the Diggle Hotel and offering bed & breakfast accommodation.
Tel:  01457-87-4030
Grains Bar Farm Hotel -  About five miles from the range but very popular with visiting shooters. Bed, breakfast and evening meals available. Tel:  0161-624-0303
Harrop Green Farm – Situated in Diggle so less than a mile from the Range. Farmhouse accommodation very popular with visiting shooters. Tel: 01457-87-3937
Waggon & Horses – Situated in the centre of Uppermill so great for an evening out with plenty of pubs and restaurants within easy walking distance. Tel: 01457 872376
The Old Bell Inn Hotel -  First class hotel very popular with shooters who like good accommodation and excellent food. Tel: 01457-87-6597
The Saddleworth Hotel -  By far the best hotel in the area and only two miles from the Range.  This hotel has it all.
Tel:  01457-87-1888

Being a tourist area, Saddleworth hosts many events and festivals – including the famous Brass Band Contest.  At such times, accommodation will fill up very quickly so try to book well in advance if you are coming for a specific shoot.