Whether fly fishing or skydiving you can find suitable accommodation along the Avon Valley or in the centres of Amesbury and Salisbury.
There is plenty of family bed and breakfast accommodation, cheap and luxury, two good quality hotels in Amesbury for example The Antrobus Arms Hotel
as well as holiday cottages and campsites within easy reach. There are also two VW campervan hire companies, one Stonehenge Campervans and the other based in Mere
, not too far away.
Netheravon and Upavon were two important Saxon estates on the river, Upavon the upper and Netheravon the lower. The Wiltshire River Avon has some of the finest chalk river trout fishing in England particularly around this area where Frank Sawyer, author and the inventor of the Pheasant Tail Nymph, claimed to be the most successful trout fly pattern in the world, was the riverkeeper.
Netheravon has close links with the villages of Haxton and Fittleton on the eastern side of the river and the bridge to Haxton has existed from at least the Middle Ages.
Netheravon airfield opened in June 1913 is the oldest continually used military airfield in the UK. The aerodrome was first used for balloon operations and then by Royal Flying Corps biplanes where the earliest flight squadrons were formed and pilots trained prior to posting to France. In 1918 the Royal Air Force was founded by combining the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service.
At cessation of hostilities many squadrons were disbanded at Netheravon and No.1 Flying Training School was founded in 1918. Between the wars Netheravon continued as an active airfield with several squadrons based there and height records for both aircraft and parachuting records were broken.
Flying training continued before and during the Second World War but in 1941 fledgling Airborne Force Units which up till then were scattered around the country were all moved into Netheravon. It became the designated centre for training and co-ordinating these airborne forces country wide. Parcahute Brigade HW was based at nearby Bulford and specialist soldiers were trained to fly and land troop carrying gliders. The soldier pilots were not only trained to fly and land the gliders but once they had landed they picked up their weapons and joined the battle.
As Airborne Forces were developed Netheravon became increasingly involved in the training, planning and execution of raids into enemy territories. These operations culminated in the preparation and planning of the D-day landings and at the peak exercises involved over 250 aircraft and 2500 troops. Although no missions departed from Netheravon airfield itself the base had the pivotal role of training, executing and supporting major Allied Airborne Forces’ operations into the landing zones of mainland Europe throughout the summer of 1944.
After the war ended Netheravon was wound down and the last RAF flying units were disbanded in 1950. Netheravon Camp became the depot for RAF police and police dog handling. The Royal Air Force finally handed over to the Army and was used by the Army Free Fall Parachute Association, the Southern Command Gliding Club and the Royal Artillery Flying Club and became one of the major free fall parachuting and skydiving centres of Europe.
In 1966 the Army Flying Corps resumed flying at the base operating helicopters. AAC 7 Regt(V) operated helicopters at the airfield from 1995 to 2009 when they transferred to Middle Wallop.
Today it is the Joint Service Parachute Centre on weekday and Army Parachute Association use the airfield at weekends.
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