D-Day on your Doorstep

HMS Northney, Hayling Island

AddressHayling Island, Hampshire PO11 0NH, UK
CountyHampshire
Location TypeNaval Base
Details

Several Royal Navy bases on the eastern shore of Hayling Island bore this name (actually named HMS Northney I to IV). They were used for training of the crews of landing craft, enabling them to get familiar with the different types of smaller landing craft and the techniques for landing troops ashore - techniques that would be so important on and after D-Day. Normally seamen try to avoid running aground, so special training was required!

AccessPublic Access
Site Ownership and Access Information

​Not all the area has public access, but much can be seen from public roads and footpaths.

Website linksHayling at War
Hayling Railway in WW2
Combined Ops.com (Combined Operations training sites)
Contact DetailsTwo of the HMS Northney sites are today still holiday camps: Warner Leisure Hotels, Lakeside (http://www.warnerleisurehotels.co.uk/hotels/lakeside-holiday-village/overview/), and Mill-Rythe Holiday Village (www.mill-rythe.com).