Ashley Range

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Ashley Range
Located Near Southampton, Hampshire, England
Ashley Range is located in Hampshire
Ashley Range
Ashley Range
Ashley Range, shown within Hampshire
Coordinates50°56′23″N 1°42′33″W / 50.939761°N 1.709057°W / 50.939761; -1.709057
TypeBombing Range
Site history
In use1942-1946

Ashley Range is a former World War II bombing range in the New Forest, Hampshire, England. It is located approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) northwest of Lyndhurst and 14 miles (23 km) west of Southampton.

It was used as a testing range for the Barnes Wallis's Grand Slam bomb and also the Bouncing bomb used by the Dambusters.


The site was used to developed a more effective air-raid shelter, built over five and a half months at a cost of £250,000. Once complete, the site became the first anywhere in the world to be subjected to the devastating effect of Barnes Wallis's Grand Slam bomb, which was test-dropped on the site. After the end of the war, the site was returned to its natural state, and the concrete bunker was encased in a mound of dirt because it could not be demolished. Visitors today can still see the bomb craters, an observation shelter and chalk markings made on the ground in order to help bombers find their targets.[1][2]


  1. ^ "Ashly Range". New Forest National Park. Retrieved 23 January 2014.
  2. ^ Hugo Gye (23 January 2014). "Revealed: The birthplace of Barnes Wallis's other top secret weapon". Daily Mail. Retrieved 23 January 2014.