Knook camp , salisbury plains

#1
has anybody been there ? if so can you tell me what the place is like ?
good , shoite, food, natives, training area etc
thanks
 
#3
Knook is horrendous. Spent some time there before going off to the sandpit last year. Typical army training, shooting in a snowstorm prior to going to the desert.

No mobile phone coverage except by standing in the middle of the road and standing on tiptoe. And a nice bracing walk from the accomodation blocks to the ablutions of a morning.

Mind you, theres a very nice country pub in the village just over the hill. Called 'the Angel' I think. Turns out cracking food - a relief from the foul stuff that the strange inbred kitchen staff turn out.
 
#5
semper, its just a transit camp used for pre ops training and exercises. Accomodation is billets. If your gated, prey the NAAFI staff are on-site, otherwise prepare to-be-BORED!!
 
#6
polar said:
Remember last time I went the local 'talent' was prowling outside the gates within a couple of hours
Thats right, their sent over from Porton Down to test the more virulent forms of clap! :D
 
#7
I did some Boz traing there some time ago. The civvy contract chefs put out cooking margerine for the bread which was 100% fat and coated your mouth. The place is in the middle of nowhere and pretty crap.
It has the kind of atmosphere which makes you want to deploy just to improve your lot.
 
#8
doesn't sound too promising ............. :?
 
#9
That reminds me.

Are there any camps which still have wartime wriggly tin huts, concrete floors and the only heating is from a wood\coal stove in the middle of the floor?

Bracing stuff in the middle of january.
 
#10
cdo_gunner said:
That reminds me.

Are there any camps which still have wartime wriggly tin huts, concrete floors and the only heating is from a wood\coal stove in the middle of the floor?

Bracing stuff in the middle of january.
Yeah, Knook Camp :D
 
#11
cdo_gunner said:
That reminds me.

Are there any camps which still have wartime wriggly tin huts, concrete floors and the only heating is from a wood\coal stove in the middle of the floor?

Bracing stuff in the middle of january.
It's been a few years now so things might have improved...... but there were two that I went to

Cultybraggan - by Crieff, in Perthsire

and then also Drip Camp, by Cambusbarron near Striling.

Imagine both have probably been either closed or updated since then. Barry Buddon -that windswept desolation - also used to be like this, but they got that new swanky accommodation block quite a few years back.

[Am just showing my age now!]
 
#13
Time spent on Google is never wasted, dear boy:

Big, clear photo of the Knook, plus some description: http://www.mchill.dial.pipex.com/articles/OpTelic/WDsBooklet/Knook.shtml

Bad photo and a bit of history on the place (Siegfried Sassoon lived near it. WHY???): http://www.visitwiltshire.co.uk/warandpeace/index.asp

Aerial photo: http://www.acoyacf.f9.co.uk/annual_camp/annual2003.htm

Accounts of local UFO activity: http://www.stevedewey.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/ufo/warm1.htm

Knook Camp was used as the location for "Bad Lads' Army", which should give you a flavour of what the place is like.
 
#14
Jesus the place hasn't changed since I went there in 1991.
 
#15
Knook Camp - some points that I remember about the place.

The huts are made out of asbestos (and probably due to the prohibitive cost of asbestos removal they have not been changed by the MoD).

The NAAFI is an extremely sad facility there.

It was extremely hard to get an Orange network signal in the place.

The shower block is not attached to any accomodation so wrap up warm when you trot backwards and forwards to it in the winter.

They did have some good drying rooms though on camp.

Nice pub in the next village along (I forget the name).
 
#16
adir said:
The shower block is not attached to any accomodation so wrap up warm when you trot backwards and forwards to it in the winter.

They did have some good drying rooms though on camp.
You can marry these two together. The drying rooms are ultra hot! Excellent when you finish training in wet weather and need to dry absolutely everything. Only prob is (and I assume the shower house is still the same) the hot water is also ultra hot, and the shower taps were all crap when I was there and just delivered ultra hot scolding water. And like Adir said, depending on where you are on the camp, it can be a hike getting to the shower block. The photo below is a bit misleading, as the camp is not built on a flat surface. Still, considering the age of Knook camp, it's done the MoD well.

 
#17
Dr Evil said:
Knook Camp was used as the location for "Bad Lads' Army", which should give you a flavour of what the place is like.
Bad Lads Army was filmed at New Zealand Farm Camp which is broadly similar.
 
#18
Try also Nesscliffe in shropshire for the authentic "kitcheners army" accomodation experience

That's the one i was thinking of! spent a couple of weeks there in january '86.

To think, many spent the entire war in accommodation like and we complain about it :oops:
 
#19
Up until the mid 1960s such accomodation was pretty standard for infantry units stationed throughout Britain. Platoon barrack rooms heated by a solitary coal fire in the middle of the room, ablutions detached. Made soldiering in the likes of Radfan and Borneo something to look forward too!
 
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