Alternative starts are at Bashley Lakes Hide (Effington bus stop) waypoints 9-12 and Old Beams Inn at Ibsley (bus stop) waypoint 21.
Ibsley was a busy RAF and USAAF Fighter airfield during World War II, after which it became an accommodation base for personnel from the nearby R.A.F. station at Sopley. R.A.F. Ibsley opened on 15th February 1941, flying activities ceased in 1946, and the station finally closed in 1952.
It took 6 months to build and needed a large depth of foundations which came from the bomb damage of Southampton. This airfield was only bombed by a single bomber.
It was at Ibsley, during the late summer of 1941, that the flying sequences for the classic film 'First of the Few' starring David Niven, Leslie Howard and Rosamund John,depicting the story of the development of the Spitfire by Reginald J. Mitchell were filmed, with pilots of No's. 118 and 501 Squadrons taking part between operational sorties.
Coffee / meal stop at Hockeys - there are two pubs, The Alice Lilse - (my favorite of the two) and the old beams at Ibsley,
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