In the mid-twentieth century Hamble had several active airfields used by companies including Fairey’s, Avro and British Marine Aircraft (later renamed Folland Aircraft) to build aeroplanes, seaplanes and flying boats.
Read more about the history of Hamble Airfield on the Hampshire Airfields website and on amateur historian Derek Haselden’s website.
Below the seaplane are a row of ‘Pinus Radiata’ or Monterey Pine, like those growing in nearby Royal Victoria Country Park. Originating from the Californian coast, Monterey Pines were introduced to the UK in 1833 and are unusually salt tolerant so they can often be found thriving in saline zones like the Hamble Peninsula.
This is the fourth marker post on the Hamble Peninsula Trails. From here it is a 40 minute walk or 20 minute cycle north west along the Principal Trail to Netley Abbey.
In the opposite direction it takes approximately 25 minutes to walk south east along the Principal Trail to Hamble Foreshore, or 10 minutes to cycle there.
The longer trail to Bursledon Station in the north east of the peninsula, takes an additional 75 minutes to walk or 30 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.
Explore the Hamble Peninsula Trails