The land now incorporating and north of the recreation ground was previously one of two airfields used from 1926 – 1984. Primarily used for aircraft repair and training, this airfield has become known for the No. 15 Ferry Pool staffed entirely by volunteer women who transported planes without the use of radios, to their operational stations worldwide during World War II. Read more about the Hamble airfields on the Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust website and the Hamble Local History Society website.
Also on the plaque there is a Skylark. Skylarks are brown ground-nesting birds best-known for their distinctive, almost vertical display flight, reaching up to 1000 feet in the air to advertise their territory. Their song was indelibly etched in British culture through the composition of Ralph Vaughan Williams, The Lark Ascending.” Skylarks are currently on the red list of most endangered birds in the UK. Find out more about Skylarks on the RSPB website.
This is the sixth marker post on the Hamble Peninsula Trails. From here it takes approximately 15 minutes to walk south east along the Principal Trail to Hamble Foreshore, or 5 minutes to cycle there.
The trail north along the Principal Trail to Bursledon Station, takes roughly 60 minutes to walk or 25 minutes to cycle.
Travelling north west along the Principal Trail to Netley Abbey takes around 60 minutes to walk or 25 minutes to cycle.
You can also use the supporting trails to find your own route either along the coast, or inland visiting Netley, Hamble and Bursledon railway stations, where you will find the Parish Posts designed by artist Madeleine Allison.