Visiting

Local facilities

Hinderclay airfield is close to several villages, which offer a variety of shops, hotels and public houses. The villages may be visited on foot, and there is an excellent network of marked footpaths – see the map. We also offer two bicycles for visitors by air to use.

Rickinghall & Botesdale are the largest settlements (there is no dividing line between them) and offers a small supermarket (Co-Op, open every day), a hotel (The Bell) offering food and accommodation, a pub (The Greyhound) which also offers food, a Fish & Chip shop and a Chinese takeaway. There is also a Health Centre and a Primary School.

Redgrave is a little further away, and has a pub, The Cross Keys which has a restaurant

Hinderclay is closer, but has no public facilities

Nearest toilets are at the Co OP supermarket or in the hostelries.

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Environment

Hinderclay Meadows is

situated on land at the bottom of a shallow river valley and has not been cultivated for over 40 years, The land has only been used for grazing and grass cropping prior to the establishment of the airstrip, and some grass is still harvested. The field is bounded by a small river on one side, and spring fed streams on two others. These waterways help to drain the field and we are fortunate our runway has never been unserviceable due to waterlogging.


As the field and its surrounds are largely undisturbed it is a haven for all types of wildlife. We routinely see heron and little egret feeding and have a large resident population of hare. Several types of deer live locally, and we have a colony of buzzards. Other wildlife sightings include otter, fox, owls, various species of hawk, kingfisher and great egret.

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Explore by bike or on foot

Explore the local area  - we have two bicycles available or walk the various footpaths.