Templeton Airfield Walk

templeton airfield,pembrokeshire

Templeton Airfield Walk

Templeton Airfield is located not far away from Narberth in Pembrokeshire. Opened originally for operational use during World War Two, it is now mainly farmland although the MOD still owns it. Templeton Airfield in more recent times is for training exercises.
 
Templeton Airfield can be walked & is an intriguing place to visit if you seek to find more about its military history. Most, if not all of the buildings have now gone from the airfield that made this an RAF base.
 
Read more & see images of Templeton Airfield below.
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Directions to Templeton Airfield

At the Kilgetty roundabout, follow the A478 to Narberth until you reach Templeton. At the crossroads in the village, there will be a pub on your left (The Boars Head) if approaching north, or right if approaching from the south. Avoid taking the A4115, instead, take the other turn off. Follow this road for about a mile until you see a storage site (the nuclear bunker, pictured below). Take care to park so as not to block this road. There will be ample space in a lay-by opposite the building.
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Templeton Airfield Nuclear Bunker

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The first thing you will notice before venturing out onto the airfield is this building. A cold war nuclear bunker was built in the 1980's, mainly as part of a national military microwave communications system.
 
As the cold war came to an end in the 1990's, it probably had no other use for the military. It was auctioned off in December 2006 & currently used as a storage site.
 
This building has metre thick walls & steel shutters. It would be able to protect the occupants from a missile attack including a fallout, however, it would not be able to withstand a direct hit.
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Walking Around Templeton Airfield

Templeton Airfield is a pretty flat area thanks to the law of basic common sense, that to have an airfield, a much-needed requirement is to construct it in an area that is suitable for planes to land. Templeton Airfield is signposted, so it is easy enough to find your way around.
 
Care should also be taken whilst walking around the area. While Templeton Airfield is still in use, the airfield itself no longer active, so there will be a lot of growth around the airbase which can be muddy & slippery in the winter months.
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Templeton Airfield Long Landing Strip

After walking a small path, a more extended landing strip of the three constructed initially can be seen. For an airfield that has seen less action as an RAF airfield & more as a training ground, it is not too bad of a condition although you can see it is in decay.
templeton airfield,pembrokeshire
templeton airfield,pembrokeshire
templeton airfield,pembrokeshire
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Cattle Around Templeton Airfield

As with most disused airfields I visit around Pembrokeshire, there is usually part of it which involves farming. Templeton Airfield is no exception to this rule. They are freely roaming around the airfield & while it is a lovely sight to see, take care when walking around so as not to scare them too much. They usually walk away when you get closer.
templeton airfield,pembrokeshire
templeton airfield,pembrokeshire
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Evidence of Buildings at Templeton Airfield

As you walk around the perimeter strips of Templeton Airfield, you will notice that the remainder of buildings is gone. The only evidence that this was an active place is foundations or structures that would have supported something. There is still one remaining building near the nuclear bunker, but this is in ruin with no roof.
templeton airfield,pembrokeshire
templeton airfield,pembrokeshire
templeton airfield,pembrokeshire
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Hardstandings at Templeton Airfield

As with all airfields of World War Two era, there would have been many hard standings. These hard standings are in a shape of a frying pan. As with the rest of the airfield, these hard standings are also in decay although you can still make them out amongst the vegetation growth.
templeton airfield,pembrokeshire
templeton airfield,pembrokeshire
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More Evidence of Buildings at Templeton Airfield

As you walk further on, more evidence of buildings that once existed is evident by their foundations. By the 1950's, the majority of the buildings had been demolished; however, a control tower was still intact. The control tower was still erect but in a terrible state of repair during the 1970's. The exact date of when the control tower was demolished is not known, but it would probably have been during the latter half of the 1970's.
templeton airfield,pembrokeshire
templeton airfield,pembrokeshire
templeton airfield,pembrokeshire
templeton airfield,pembrokeshire
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Templeton Airfield Grass Airstrip

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Aviation does not entirely appear to be abandoned at Templeton Airfield. Haverfordwest Model Club use this grass strip to fly their models from time to time.
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Heading Back

After looking around Templeton Airfield, it was time to go back. There is a military bunker in a field, but I did not have time to visit it. This bunker is flooded so while access is probably achievable it is not worth the risk of exploring it on my own.
templeton airfield,pembrokeshire
templeton airfield,pembrokeshire
templeton airfield,pembrokeshire
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Further Reading

I have only posted a few images I have taken from Templeton Airfield. There are a couple of buildings of interest that I missed so another trip sometime this year will be planned.  Many other images of interest can also be viewed on some websites:
 
Coflein - Information on the history of Templeton Airfield with images.
Dyfed Archaeology - A PDF file with information on military sites including Templeton Airfield.
Control Towers - Provides an image of the control tower during the 1970's.
 
Thank you for visiting.  If you wish to contact me regarding the post or the images used then please contact me.

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