If you fancy a walk, cycle or motoring tour when you visit our aviation heritage sites, alongside our regional trails series here are some other suggestions for walks, routes and trails in the great outdoors:
RAF Biggin Hill trail map
The Biggin Hill Memorial Museum has a 1.6 mile walking trail tracing the history of RAF Biggin Hill (now in the London borough of Bromley, south of London) which takes in key buildings, memorials an pubs used by RAF pilots. It also has a driving trail which takes in key sites further afield, including Chartwell, Winston Churchill’s residence and the Queen Victoria Hospital, where pioneering burns treatments and plastic surgery techniques were used in the treatment of air crew.
If you are near the London of Borough of Hillingdon you can take a tour the key sites frequented by members of the Polish Air Force during the Second World War. Most were stationed at RAF Northolt with the Polish Fighter Wing, with a smaller number working at RAF Uxbridge. From their bases, through their social venues, to their final resting places, you can follow in their footsteps by following the interactive map and trail (the leaflet is published in English and Polish).
Another heritage trail tells the story of RAF Kenley and the men and women who served there. RAF Kenley is the most intact fighter airfield associated with the Battle of Britain, alongside the meadows and ancient woodland of Kenley Common. There are still a significant number of structures remaining from WW2, which have become some of the youngest scheduled ancient monuments in the country. Kenley Common is located in the London borough of Croydon and is open and freely accessible all year round. The trail information is on signs and information boards around the perimeter of RAF Kenley Airfield which is still in active use by the Ministry of Defence. A map with the sign locations is here.