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If you are wondering what those white golf balls in the distance are, they are radomes. And they belong to America….’Menwith Hill Spy Base’ to be exact. ‘The largest communications centre in the world’,  the blurb says and it is growing fast! Especially after ‘the War on terror’.

Menwith Hill

The NSA lease the land from the UK and provide ‘communications support’ to the UK.

Funny place to have a spy base communications centre in the heart of the Dales, and there is a lot of controversy about it too (Google it – see what you get).

One summer evening when I was much younger, I got drunk with a lady friend and we lay on the grass near Menwith Hill and watched the stars. I am sure we saw a ufo…