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“It's at Yelverton not Buckland Monarchorum!”

RAF Harrowbeer Airfield
Devon
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“It's at Yelverton not Buckland Monarchorum!”
Reviewed 1 June 2011

Interesting place a few hundred metres from Yelverton shops and church. Before you go look at the RAF Harrowbeer website via Google and also the excellent Google Earth pictures which show the layout and runways. This WWII fighter aerodrome was built hastily after the devastation of the Plymouth Blitz in a belated effort to protect the city and dockyard from enemy bombers and raiders. Moorland was flattened and tarmacked. Many protective bays were built for the fighters with lots of other protective pill boxes etc. Interestingly the church tower was shortened and the first floor of the row of shops were removed both to reduce the risks of damage to aeroplanes taking off or landing. Decommissioned and redundant at the end of hostilities, the area quickly became a favourite picnic site, an area for informal games, ice cream vans and the runways an acknowledged and much used area for a lot of Plymothians very first driving lessons. An interesting area with some but disappointingly few information boards with details of the not so far off history.Lots of family groups playing football rounders cricket etc, frequent horse riders, often tents,dogs, plenty of kites on breezy days, usually two or three ice cream vans and othe shops at Yelverton and Leg o' Mutton Corner. Great views north and east over the moors.

Why do tripadvisor get basic location details wrong? This site is absolutely Yelverton and not Buckland Monachorum.

Visited March 2011
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