Wednesday, September 30, 2009
THROWLEY AIRFIED AND DISTRICT
All that we could find of the old airfield
Having obtained permission from the local Parish to park near Belmont,we RV @10;00
and set off on the dead straight footpath about 1 mile long to THROWLEY FORSTAL,a charming little village cluster with some nice old cottages around a small green.And then off to Dodds Willows and the airfield,long since abandoned from 1918.Located here to intercept Zepplins and Gotha bombers on their way to London.A little hiccup finding the footpath around a farm at BELLS FORSTAL and then to LEVELAND where we stopped for coffee on a hillside,to be interrupted by some curious horses.Past a farrier working on a horse and out on to the A251 road then back into TENANT WOOD,WORKHOUSE WOOD and across arable land to VALLEY FARM.
Up a gentle hill to Parsonage Farm then through a mature vinyard to THROWLEY CHURCH to look at the wargraves of 2 pilots of the newley formed RAF,a short walk back to Belmont and then the drive home.
8 of us 6 miles grey mild dry.
Note:-The villages were very helpful with directions and were welcoming.