Hidden North Devon

Northam Burrows, World War Two, Pebble Ridge, Skern, History

Northam Burrows WWII history trail

History, Northam Burrows, world war two, skern, pebble ridge,
Visitors Centre, Northam Burrows

Endeavouring to calm down an excited dog, who was up for a game of chase, we were guided across the golf course to a flat area with a criss cross pattern of faint depressions, easily definable as they were filled with water. It was explained that these were dug as a deterrent, to prevent gliders from landing and tanks from driving across the terrain. Originally they would also have held a number of upright posts. Moving on, avoiding small lakes and slippy mud, we reached a flat landscape, punctuated by huge blocks of concrete (See header image). These concrete counter-weights were essential to secure the aerial wires between the transmitter masts for the radar station that once occupied this site.

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