Meet at gate of Don Styler’s Physical Training Centre, Monks Walk , Gosport, Hampshire, PO12 4BF
Nowadays a gym and training centre but it was built as a military isolation hospital for the sick in 1898 and extended in 1918. During WW2 it was used as a mortuary. Owner and local character, Don Styler, will welcome you in for a chat about the rather horrible heritage and dreadful diseases that this place can boast. You’ll even have the option to go off the beaten track, just beyond the buildings, and view a massive bomb crater which fills with water with the seasons. Strange within this tranquil setting of woodland and wildlife to have such an awful reminder of the land mine destruction which was inflicted on many areas of Gosport.
Tours last approx 90 minutes.
Event not suitable for children under the age of 13.
Event from 2016
No Booking Needed
The surfaces consist of uneven woodland and concrete pathway. There’s an entrance step and internal steps in each building, so not suitable for wheelchairs or buggies. The optional viewing of the bomb crater is across a mown grass path but with uneven ground. Please wear sensible shoes and mind your step. We’d also advise using mosquito repellent. Be advised that this is an operational business so members may be using gym equipment during your visit. No such equipment should be touched by visitors.
Max 10 people per tour/session. This tour will also give you an insight into Don Styler himself, his business, and the different areas he is associated with. He used to be a body builder and has been running The Solent City Body Building Championships for 36 years.
Don is also an artist (sometimes with a saucy flair) and a spiritual medium.
Monks Walk is a single track roadway through an area popular for dog walking, so please drive carefully on approach. The Physical Training Centre is on the left hand side. Look for pink Heritage Open Day sign. Please park outside and wait by the gate for your tour guide to meet you.