Sat Jun 27, 2020 10:55 am #1779582
Stapleford is in bad shape and a weird half paved half grass monstrosity. I would go to North Weald for the runway alone.
Not a recommendation for either but when you have a PPL and fly on your own do remember that airfields are many - well not so many now - and various.
Half grass/half hard not unusual, not sure why it was termed a monstrosity. Short ish (lengthwise) grass runways are normal. Slopes are a feature. And there are a few where there is over a mile of hard runway.
You hopefully will get experience of all types in your flying adventure.