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Thursday, 22 April 2010

RAF Bentwaters

52 Walks with my camera in 2010 - Week 16

This week I did my 'walk' by cycling to and around RAF Bentwaters, Suffolk. The photos are not exactly pretty, but interesting, none the less.

RAF Bentwaters is a former Royal Air Force station near Woodbridge. The name was taken from two cottages (‘Bentwaters Cottages’) that had stood on the site of the main runway during its construction in 1943.

It was used by the RAF during World War II, and by the United States Air Force during the Cold War, being the primary home for the 81st Fighter Wing under various designations from 1951 to 1993. For many years the 81st Fighter Wing also operated RAF Woodbridge, with Bentwaters and Woodbridge being known as the "Twin Bases". Bentwaters is also known as the location for the alleged December 1980 UFO incident in Rendlesham Forest.

The site, now known as Bentwaters Parks, is used for a variety of purposes; there is a cold war museum on the site, there are offices and warehouses to rent and the site is also used for television and film making. I believe it is used for 'Top Gear'

Log - 52 Walks with My Camera in 2010 so far:1. Bexleyheath, 2. Woodbridge River Front, 3. Hall Place, 4. Chislehurst, 5. Bluewater, 6. Theatre Land,7. Leeds, 8. Orford, 9. Snape, 10. Chatham,11. Nottingham, 12. Twickenham, 13. Woodbridge. 14. Red House. 15. Debden House. 16. RAF Bentwaters.


  1. Fascinating stuff Lynn. You really get around. x

  2. I was stationed at RAF Bentwaters from 1979 to 1981 with the 81st Security Police Squadron....what beautiful memories of England. My favorite activity was cycling off the base on a day-long trip...

  3. Thanks for commenting Delphi. Where do you live now?


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