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Visited Bolt Head Airfield on 26 July 2019 after two previous attempts were thwarted by persistent low cloud over the airfield whilst everywhere else was pretty clear - unusual apparently, guess we were just unlucky. Anyway we flew in from Dunkeswell in a 152 and made an uneventful approach over the water to Runway 29 (grass)which at 620m is plenty long enough. There is a hangar with about half a dozen resident aircraft and nothing else really - apart from a cold war bunker that was built to serve as a government command center in the event of a nuclear attack. Fascinating looking place and I would love to be able to look around inside it sometime.We walked from the airfield over a couple of fields and down to the town of Salcombe where we took a ferry around to the main part of town - which saves a long walk. Salcombe is an attractive seaside resort and well worth a visit. Other than a steep and quite long walk back up to the airfield it's a taxi (which we opted for). A nice trip to a nice airfield but be prepared to not see anyone there.
Visited in Tiger Moth G-ANFM 15th July and had a great night stay. The airfield is much improved from the basic farm strip it was last time I visited long ago and in excellent condition. very friendly people who could not do enough for us. Kevin very kindly brought us hot drinks, cake and biscuits first thing in the morning and when I thought we had a technical problem came back to check out the engine.
Only wish we could have stayed longer in such a beautiful place.
Great place . Only landed to swap pilots . Loved the views .
Efficient and friendly briefing over the phone from Simon when I visited last month. Basically don't overfly Salcombe etc which was easily avoided by approaching along the coastline. Stunning scenery on the approach and plenty of runway for my PA28. A gate from the airfield leads on to the public footpath where you can head off into Salcombe or, if pushed for time - as I was - there is a lovely National Trust barn selling scones, tea etc. £15 landing fee.
|“||Easy to find and very well kept strip. Landing fee a little higher than expected at £15 for a PA-28, but for access to such a superb location it's worth every penny. PPR by telephone very friendly and polite; I was requested to text my details. There is an honesty box in the "C" hut so you will need the right money. Overnight stops are an additional £5 per night. The runway surface is very reasonable, in fact better than some licenced places, but RWY 11 has a marked upslope for the first 30m or so. The approach and climbout are unobstructed in both directions apart from a 4' barbed wire fence at each end of the runway.
There are a great many footpaths in the area, all well signposted once you get onto the road, which lead onto the costal path and down the to various headlands and coves. In retrospect, a walking guide would have been a good investment; there are some recommendations on the airfield web site at boltheadairfield.co.uk
I ended up at the superb East Soar Farm (http://www.eastsoaroutdoorexperience.co.uk) which is primarily an outdoor activity centre for children with special needs, but also offers refreshments and home-made cakes in a beautiful rustic open-plan barn as well as various forms of accomodation, including camping with absolutely everything provided. It's just 10 minutes walk from the strip, and all you need to bring is your toothbrush. |
|“||Lovely airfield in idyllic spot on the Devon coast near Salcombe. Updated link to info here http://www.devonstrut.co.uk/#/bolt-head/4565863197 |
|“||Flew into Bolt Head just because it looks like an interesting airfield to tackle. Called for PPR as requested on the website and got s very relaxed "no problem". I wasn't disappointed with the airfield - the circuit to the south over the sea is unusual and the aproach to Runway 29 across the river estuary and heading towards the 400' high hillside is different to say the least.
However it's a good level runway and at over 600m long there is plenty of space to get the Jabiru in and out.
There are no facilities however it's about at 20 minute walk done to the town. Pay the £10 landing fee into the honesty box in the little hut.
5 visiting aircraft in the short time I was there so clearly a popular spot. |
|“||Very pretty spot. We camped overnight. Nothing at the strip itself, but down the hill about 15-20 minutes walk is a caravan/camping park, apparently owned by the same people as the strip, and the facilties can be used there (the landing fee can also be paid there if you don't have change for the honesty box!)
Lovely footpaths all around, really lovely day out if you like walking. |
|“||Great airfield. Very easy to find (the largeish aerial next to the old bunker is a give away), and exeter will give you a good service till you get there. Runway is in great condition, uphill at the western end. Watch out for the fence posts on the narrow taxi way. No fuel but if you're desperate exeter and plymouth are nearby. |
|“||Lovely grass strip on the former wartime airfield.....
situated up on the cliffs , easy to find.
£10 landing fee, and £ 5 to park overnight.
No real facilities but a superb location !
45 min walk down into Salcombe with a choice of Pubs
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