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 -
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 564200
Visiting by Air
North Weald Airfield's co-ordinates are: N51°43.3
The North Weald Radio air/ground frequency is
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)
13/31 - 916 × 45m asphalt (unlicensed)
(13/31 only to be used when
strong winds preclude the use of RWY 02/20.)
Rwy 13 is closed on Saturdays and other market days for take-off &
landings. Take-off's ONLY may be permitted from Rwy 31
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 13/31 is
also frequently not available due to driver training at
the western end.
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 operational.
Powered Circuits on 02/20 are generally flown to the
West of the airfield. Circuits on 13/31 are
generally flown to the North. Gliders are
frequently operating in a circuit on the opposite side
to that of the powered traffic.
Circuit height is 800' QFE / approx. 1200' QNH.
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
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 circuit.
An aerial view of the airfield is available here:
click this link to view aerial photo of North Weald.
North Weald Airfield is PPR via The Squadron on 01992
PPR by radio may often be accepted but is not always
guaranteed, especially on event days.
Other useful telephone numbers are:
EFDC Operations Office:
Further information on North
Weald Airfield is also available from the excellent