Walking tour of the Western Front

Walking tours of the Western Front

Taking you along the length and breadth of the Western Front, this tour is nothing if not comprehensive. It is an educational and thought-provoking expedition into this most historic of regions, which was central to the success of the Allies during the First World War.
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The Western Front

The Western Front was the principal theatre of war during the Great War, and the area upon which some of the bloodiest - and certainly most infamous - battles were fought.

The Western Front encompassed the lands of Belgium, north-eastern France, Alsace-Lorraine and western Germany.
The Western Front

Tour itinerary

Walking Tour Of The Somme 

6 Days and 5 Nights

Day One
Depart Pick up points for Hull

Day Two
Lunch (Lunch on the Somme walking tours will be a packed lunch at the Blighty Tea Rooms)

Introduction to the Somme battlefields. Walking from Citadel cemetery we look at the lives of Siegfried Sassoon and Robert Graves, 2 of the wars great poets, on the Somme. We see 2 battlefield cemeteries at Point 110 where many of their friends are buried. The walk continues past Bois Francais one of the heaviest mining sectors on the Somme where we look at the use of the Livens Large Gallery Flame Thrower, which was subject to a C4 Time Team documentary (that Iain our Guide took part in). The walk finishes looking at the 1st July attack on Mametz village by the 7th Division. 

Day Three
Walk from Hannescamps to Gommecourt Wood cemetery. We study the attack by the men of the 46th North Midland Division on the 1st July 1916. The 46th and 56th Divisions carried out the diversion attack for the main Somme offensive. The battle led to the dismissal of the 46th Divisions General.
lunch
Walk from Hebuterne to Serre Rd No: 1 cemetery. This afternoon walk focuses on the story of the Pals Division, the 31st Division, the pals ideal and the death of the pals on the 1st July 1916. We finish the walk next to the youngest soldier to be killed on the 1st July 1916.

Day Four
Walk from Lochnagar Crater to Contalmaison village. We start by looking at the underground war in the context of the Somme battlefields. Starting at the massive Lochnagar Crater the walk then focuses on the 34th Divisions attack on the village of La Boisselle and its subsequent capture a few days later by the men of the 19th Division. We see the 2 divisional memorials and then cross sausage valley and look at the capture of the village of Contalmaison and the awarding of a VC to an England International footballer. We will also see the memorial to the 16th Highland Light infantry in Contalmaison many of their men players and supporters of the Hearts of Midlothian Football team.
Lunch 
The afternoon of the Somme day will be spent visiting sites in connection to the battle that we would not normally see on a walking tour. This will include (where the situation permits) a visit to the Glory Hole at La Boisselle which is the focus of a major international archaeological project. 

Day Five
Join us for a coach based tour of local battlefield sites or spend some time in Arras prior to departure to Zeebrugge.

Day Six
Depart Hull for drop off points
(Itinerary subject to change)



Walking Tour of Ypres 

6 Days and 5 Nights

Day One 
Depart Pick up points for Hull 

Day two
Hooge Crater cemetery - Set scene
Lunch at Hooge Crater 
Walk One - From Hooge Crater Cemetery along the slopes Railway Wood sector and onward to Potijze. This walk will focus on the First German flamethrower attack, formation of the Tunnelling Companies and the use of gas by the Germans.

Day Three
Walk Two - From Spanbroekmolen crater to Bavaria Wood. This walk focuses on the tunnellers finest hour of the war, the battle of Messines, 7th June 1917. The detonation of 19 massive mines which until 1945 remained mans largest planned explosion.
Lunch at Hooge Crater 
Walk Three - From Wytschaete to Messines. This walk focuses on the infantry attack on Messines Ridge on 7th June 1917. The walk finishes at the Messines museum 

Day Four
Walk Four - From Zonnebeke to Passchendaele. This walk follows the advance of the Australian Divisions as they gain their first foothold on the Passchendaele Ridge. The walk starts at the Passchendaele museum and finishes at the Canadian memorial at Passchendaele.
Walk Five Ypres. The walk starts at Ypres town cemetery and then covers the ramparts of Ypres between the Menin Gate and Ramparts Cemetery then we see the prison of Ypres used as a Dressing station and the Reservoir Cemetery. We then visit St Georges memorial Church built as the cornerstone of the post war British community that sprang up following the war.

Day Five
Join us for a coach based tour of local battlefield sites or spend some time in Ypres prior to departure to Zeebrugge.

Day Six 
Depart Hull for drop off points
(Itinerary subject to change)


soldier
flowers near the memorial
Just a short note to say how much I enjoyed the trip - it was something I wanted to do for a long time.

I think we all appreciated the effort and organisation which you had put into making it a success and I was particularly impressed by your choice of guide.
Jim, Inverness
With pick-up points in England and Scotland, leaving from Inverness, our Western Front tours are an absolute must for World War 1 enthusiasts and the general public alike.
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