Upavon is a vibrant community to the south of the Vale of Pewsey and on the northern edge of Salisbury Plain. With the River Avon running through the village, thatched cottages and fantastic walking, it’s a must-visit village in this part of the world. Upavon has easy access to Salisbury, Devizes, Marlborough and Pewsey.
Dating back to the Iron Age, the settlement of Upavon was originally located at Casterley Camp – just a short distance from the village and where you can find Casterley Barn – a super venue for weddings and other events.
Just east of Upavon village is Upavon Airfield, now called Trenchard Lines, and previously RAF Upavon. It was originally constructed around 1912 as a Royal Flying Corps (RFC) base, and became the home of the RFC Central Flying School on 19th June 1912 and is referred to as the birthplace where the Royal Air Force was formed. Since 1993 the main function of the military base has changed, and it is now largely a Ministry of Defence administrative centre, and home to administrative headquarters of the British Army. Although the airfield is still used by the RAF from time to time, it is regularly used by the No 622 Volunteer Gliding Squadron, providing glider training to members of the Air Cadet Organisation.
Upavon has two pubs – The Antelope and The Ship Inn, St Mary’s Church, the village store and a primary school. Just a short distance from the village, you will find Upavon Golf Club which has spectacular views from all parts of the course and is open to visitors.
Located in the centre of the village, you will find the Tourist Information Kiosk, where you can pick up lots of local information as well as walks and cycle routes. Bus routes to Devizes, Pewsey, Salisbury, Marlborough and Swindon run regularly from the village. And keep an eye out for the Upavon Geese – living on and around the River Avon, they are often seen wandering around the village!
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Listing Title: Upavon