The following information is intended to help people
visiting North Weald Airfield both by road and by air.
Visiting by Road
North Weald Airfield is easily accessible by
road. It is situated approx. 2 miles south
east from Junction 7 (Harlow) of the M11 Motorway
and is signposted from the motorway roundabout and
also off the A414 Harlow - Chelmsford Road.
You can find a map of the local area here: Click
this link for road map
To access the airfield, you will need to pass
through the Epping Forest District Council's
Airfield Operations Gatehouse entrance. A
barrier is normally lowered and you will have to
request access from the Council's gatehouse
staff. However this is normally a
straightforward formality if you are visiting one
of the organisations or events based on the
airfield. Please, however, observe their
instructions. The airfield can get very busy with
both aircraft and vehicles so please proceed with
great caution once inside the perimeter fence and
remain on the marked roadways. Do not enter any of
the runways and observe the traffic light at the
southern end of the airfield. Do not cross
the ends of any runways when aircraft are
taking-off or landing and always keep a good
look-out. GIVE WAY TO AIRCRAFT AT ALL TIMES.
For more information contact the EFDC Airfield
Operations Office on: 01992
Visiting by Air
North Weald Airfield's co-ordinates are: N51°43.3
The North Weald Radio air/ground
frequency is 123.53
Operating hours: 09:00 to 19:00 hrs. local (or
sunset, whichever is the earliest).
The airfield has 2 runways:
02/20 - 1920 × 45m asphalt (unlicensed)
12/30 - 916 × 45m asphalt (unlicensed)
generally only used when strong winds or
special events preclude the use of RWY 02/20.)
Rwy 12 is closed on Saturdays and other
market days for take-off & landings.
Take-off's ONLY may be permitted from Rwy 30
on such days.
Although most of the motor
sport and other events held on the airfield
normally use the disused eastern side of the
airfield, it is also possible that Rwy 02/20 may
be closed on several days per year (mainly
Sundays) due to events on the runway, such
as drag racing, or the Wings & Wheels
Spectacular (model show). Please see our events
page for details. If in doubt, please
contact airfield operations in advance of your
visit. Rwy 12/30 is also frequently not
available due to driver training at the western
There is also a short grass strip occasionally in
operation at the Northern end of 02/20, but you
should always check in advance whether it is
Powered Circuits on 02/20 are generally flown to
the West of the airfield. Circuits on 12/30
are generally flown to the North. Gliders no
longer operate at North Weald.
Circuit height is 800' QFE / approx. 1200'
IMPORTANT: Avoid Stansted's Class D
airspace directly above North Weald, which begins
at 1500' QNH, and also Stapleford Airfield's ATZ
approx. 3 miles to the south.
Over-flying North Weald Bassett village should be
avoided whenever possible. Please also avoid
over-flying St. Margaret's Hospital, at the
eastern end of Epping Town.
Be aware that many aircraft types, from gliders
and microlights to military jets and warbird
formations operate from the airfield, so extra
caution and adequate spacing is required in the
An aerial view of the airfield is available here:
this link to view aerial photo of North Weald.
North Weald Airfield is PPR via The Squadron on
PPR by radio may often be accepted but is not
always guaranteed, especially on event days.
Other useful telephone numbers are:
Control Tower: 01992 524740
EFDC Operations Office:
Further information on
North Weald Airfield is also available from the
excellent www.ukga.com website: