HF antenna field, USAF Barford St. John, May 2019


USAF Barford St. John

‘CroughtonWatch’ is a monitoring campaign devoted to USAF Croughton in Northamptonshire, and its outstation, Barford St. John, in Oxfordshire – part of a global electronic communications, control and surveillance network that projects American military power across Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.

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Visiting the USAF Barford St. John Site

The USAF Barford St. John site sits on the flat Ironstone plateau to the west of the main USAF Croughton site. This page gives information about visiting the site, and the best places to view it from.


If you would like to park a vehicle and view the site, the best place to head for is Milton Gated Road on the eastern side of the site.

Alternately you can head for the Barford end of the bridleway on the western side of the site, though this offers less space for parking. It is, though, closer to the best viewing point along the southern perimeter.

Either location gives access to the bridleway (marked 'green lane' on the byelaws map) that allows you to walk around the southern edge of the site, and which offers the best views across the transmitter complex.

There is little to see from the road along the northern side of the site, and the road down the western side can be busy at times.

Public transport

There is no bus service near to the site. If you wish to visit the site on foot then you can get a train to Banbury, and the 488 bus service to Bloxham – then go the last two or three miles on foot.

In the Autumn we will be posting a walking route from Bloxham, via the USAF Barford St. John site, to Deddington, and a shorter circular walk along the southern perimeter.

Walks around the USAF Barford St. John site

This section is currently ‘empty’, but we will be posting new information by the Autumn.