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My wife & I are traveling to Harrowgate to visit my son & his family at Easter and I was thinking about an airfield visit. I will only have one day to go out.
Looking at Wikimapia, I have Dishforth, Dalton & Topcliffe. Any ideas. I have seen Dalton on http://www.airfields.fotopic.net/c1528140.html and I know the other two are army/RAF and they are very funny about photos even over the wire?
If not at these three are there some more close by.
I have been to Marston Moor, Rufforth & Acaster Malbis so far.
Richard, why not try THOLTHORPE just north of Linton-on-Ouse. Due east of Harrogate and the north.
There still seems to be some sections of runway/taxiway/dispersals extant and remains of the earlier (original Type C bomb store) plus the added but separate Type D.
Some (refurbished) WW2 contemporary buildings and hangars remain. With your charm I sure that you should be able to get on site.
What about Elvington?????
Marston Moor and Rufforth both withing driving distance!!
... traveling to Harrowgate ... at Easter
I used to visit my parents in North Yorkshire at Easter Richard (from Bristol) It was always the worst journey I ever made each year - even Easter Saturday was clogged until very late afternoon.
Very good luck, but Marston Tholthorpe and Elvington all have something to offer.
Tholthorpe is worth a visit. A bit of door-knocking at the tower (now a house) might yield a result. There is a very nice plaque on the rear of it, in both French and English and there's a nice memorial and Maple tree on the village green.
Elvington - you'll be in there a while. Can only agree with others. There's plenty to see, the memorial garden is superb, as is the road side one, along the lane from the entrance through the village.
Dalton - It's not military. The technical site belongs to haulage/coach company. If you ask nicely at the office, they should let you have a look around but it's quite busy (when we were up there, there were also a couple of very loud, large dogs - thankfully chained up!)
Topcliffe is probably the no-no. It's Alanbrooke Barracks with (IIRC) the Royal Artillery in residence (if I'm wrong - please post!)
Plenty more to see around that part of the world though, so you shouldn't have any problems filling a day!
I was reading an edition of Flypast, apparently you can get a guided tour of the Halifax at Elvington, but you have to apply 14 days in advance.
Thank you for all your help, I will obviously let you know how I get on.
I managed Thalthorpe, Dolton, Linton on Ouse & Dishforth.
Thank you for all your help.
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