Old Sarum Airfield

Directions:- Take the A338 towards Salisbury and follow it around the town centre and then turn onto the A36. At the first roundabout take the A345 towards Amesbury, you will see the airfield about three miles along this road on your right.. Turn right at the lights and take the second entrance into the airfield.

Photo Interest:- There is the usual collections of privately owned light aircraft and these have been augmented by the old aircraft collection that was once housed at Boscombe Down. This is now housed in hanger one, but the web site should be checked for opening times. The normal day to day operations are easily observed as the car parking area parallels the landing strip. Interestingly, apart from some white stones marking the edge of the car park, there is no fence to contend with and no wire mesh (my own personal pet hate) to be seen. The Gyro-copters(?) pictured above seem to be frequent fliers and the flying school is invariably involved in training circuits, giving plenty of photo opportunities. Restaurant for coffee and bacon butties adjacent to the car park although please note that this can be busy at lunch times. There are a number of other private hangers which are used by small aviation based businesses. Permission can occasionally be obtained to visit the Tower and the main hanger which, at the time I visited, had a brood of Owls hiding in the rafters.

Drawbacks:- Subject to the usual weather problems found on all grass strip airfields.

Contact:- www.oldsarumairfield.co.uk