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Where is it by Air? - For all you pilots!

 

EGHP - N5111.66   W00114.17

Ok, so you’ve found it on the chart and punched the coordinates into your GPS, but a little knowledge of the area never goes amiss!

The airfield lies just to the north of the east-west A303 about ten miles south west of Basingstoke. To the south of the A303 is a fairly large and dense wooded area, which stands out well on even the haziest of days. To the east of the field is a service station and on the western edge of the field are three hangars and a water tower in the north west corner.  A small white shooting tower lies just to the northwest of the field and nearer to the runway are some grain silos. There are no formal visual reporting points but the villages of Overton and Whitchurch are good feature for traffic arriving from the north and northwest, Bullington Cross (junction of the A34 and A303) to the West, Alresford to the South, and Alton to the South East. Also to the north of Overton is Kingsclere mast which is 500ft agl. stands out well.

The junction of the east-west  A303 and north/south A34 is known as Bullington Cross and is a good reference point for traffic from the west as it also conveniently marks the eastern edge of the Middle Wallop CMATZ stub. Traffic arriving from the east will easily see Basingstoke and the “split” of the M3 and A303.  Finally, from the southeast, the town of New Alresford stands out well with the small lake on its north eastern fringe.

Due to Popham being a little remote, if you require a taxi it is advisable to call a taxi from the relevant area nearest to your destination direction.  If arriving by air, we can call for you if you give us an accurate ETA and number of passengers.  If not previously booked, it could take a taxi around 30-40 minutes to get to us.  Please note, we are NOT a Taxi company!

The nearest rail connection is Micheldever Station (about a twenty minute walk) with hourly trains to Waterloo and Winchester / Southampton.  If you call us when inbound we can call taxi for you.  These have to come from either Winchester or Basingstoke so we can call the appropriate company relevant to your needs.  We can also advise of limited local B&B accommodation (see below).

Where is it by Road? - For all you Plane Spotters! 

 

Sat Nav SO21 3BD
 

The airfield lies directly on the north side of the A303 dual carriageway which runs roughly east-west about ten miles south west of Basingstoke in Hampshire.

From Basingstoke - take the M3 southbound.  At Junction 8, turn off on the A303 towards Andover and the South West.  Climb the hill on the dual carriageway and as you pass Popham Services (Little Chef & BP on left side, Little Chef & Esso on right side) you should be able to see the big orange airfield windsock on the other side of the dual carriageway.  Continue to about 1/2 mile and take the next exit left signed Micheldever Station & Overton.  Drop down to the bottom, turn right under the A303 bridge, turn immediately right again as if rejoining the A303 towards Basingstoke.  This is a two-way slip road and the airfield entrance brick and iron gates at the top of the rise on your left just 100 meters before you rejoin the A303. [Map]

From Andover - Take the A303 eastbound.  Note when you cross the junction of the A34 (Bullington Cross) and stay on the A303.  Discount one very small road on the left (to Norton), continue to the second main exit marked with countdown boards, signed Micheldever Station AND Overton.  Drop down the slip road, and at the end go straight on as as if rejoining the
A303 towards Basingstoke (this requires a little wiggle right and left) but the slip road is now signposted Popham Airfield. You will see the brick and iron gates of the airfield on the left, just 100 metres before rejoining the A303.
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From Newbury - Travel south on the A34.  Pass Whitchurch.  Turn left on the A303 eastbound towards Basingstoke (Bullington Cross).  Follow latter part of Andover direction as above. [Map]

From Winchester - Take the A34 northbound.  Turn right on the A303 eastbound towards Basingstoke (Bullington Cross).  Follow latter part of Andover direction as above.  [Map]

Can I get there by Rail?

The nearest rail connection is Micheldever Station (about a twenty-five minute walk) with hourly trains from Waterloo and Winchester or Southampton.  Exit via the tunnel (n.b. not the front entrance) out of the station and continue up New Road to the "T" junction.  Turn left and continue about 1/2 mile until you go under the A303.  Turn right up the slip road (towards Basingstoke) and after about 1/3 mile the airfield entrance is at the top of the rise on your left.

Local B & B

Please let us know if you are a local B&B and would like to be listed here
Name Telephone Location Notes

Mallards

01256 770039 3 Trims Court, Overton River views B & B
Norton Park Hotel

01962 763000

Norton, near Sutton Scotney

4 star deluxe hotel with leisure/spa facilities
The Hurstbourne

01256 892000

No info at present

      B & B
The Wheatsheaf Premier Travel Inn 0870 990 6476 Dummer, Nr. Basingtoke Large pub & full meals
The Swan Inn 01962 760470 Barton Stacey Village Pub B & B
The Dove Inn 01962 774952 Opposite Micheldever Station Village Pub with B & B
The Old Rectory 01256 895408 Freefolk, near Whitchurch B & B
Eastside Coach House 01256 465559 Mapledurwell, Basingstoke B & B
Tower Hill House 01256 398340 Dummer B & B
Fulmar B&B 07802 775201 Henstridge (not local - but recommended).  Click here B & B
Ms. Jenny Ball 01962 774520 Willow Cottage, Duke Steet, Micheldever, Hants, SO21 3DF B & B

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