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Walking The Somme Battlefields

Europe
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Board Basis: Bed & Breakfast
  • Tour Ref: D2TLEGFRSW

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach
Walk with us along the lanes of the Somme Battlefields as we look in depth at this iconic battle of WW1, seeing Bois Francais, Pals Memorial and more.
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Itinerary

5 Day Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Local departure by coach then to our hotel in Albert, where we stay for four nights.

  • Day 2 - Poets and Pals on the Somme

    Walk 1: We begin near Fricourt and walk the battlefield where war poets Robert Graves and Siegfried Sassoon served before the Battle of the Somme. We see some of the small battlefield cemeteries including Point 110 Old and New, and then walk up to the Bois Francais area, where the front lines were. We then follow the ground across to Mansel Copse and look at the story of poet William Noel Hodgson and the men of the Devonshire Regiment who fought and fell here on 1st July 1916, seeing their memorial and Devonshire Cemetery.

    Walk 2: On this walk we follow the Pals Battalions recruited in Liverpool and Manchester. Starting at Peronne Road Cemetery, we walk into the village of Maricourt and then out to the front-line areas following the Pals' attack on Montauban. Continuing into the village we see the Pals Memorial, and then end at the Quarry Cemetery and look at what happened here in the next phase of the Somme battle.

    Meals - Breakfast

  • Day 3 - Guedecourt and Leuze Wood

    Walk 3: We start in the village of Flers, seeing the moving bronze British Tommy on the memorial to the 41st Division, before walking out to Bull’s Road Cemetery, looking at the first use of tanks here in September 1916. We then continue to AIF Burial Ground Cemetery, looking at some of the later fighting, and then walk the fields of the ‘forgotten Somme’ around Guedecourt, seeing where the October 1916 fighting took place and ending at the Caribou Memorial to the Newfoundland Regiment.

    Walk 4: Out in the fields near Ginchy we see the wooden cross to Major Cedric Dickens, grandson of the famous author Charles Dickens. This was once his field grave and we follow his story and those of the men of the London Regiments who fought here in September 1916. We walk along the edge of Leuze Wood – ‘Lousy Wood’ to the troops – and see a German bunker, and then down into Combles to visit the small Guards Cemetery.

    Meals - Breakfast

  • Day 4 - The Ancre Heights and Vignacourt

    Walk 5: Today we look at the fighting around the Ancre Heights, starting at the Ancre British Cemetery and walking up onto the high ground above the river valley. We continue into Beaumont-Hamel and look at the end of the Somme battle, seeing all that remains of the pre-war village before ending at Hawthorn Ridge, where we visit the Hawthorn Mine Crater and Sunken Lane.

    After lunch, we travel behind the lines to the village of Vignacourt for an included visit to the 14-18 Museum, where the amazing photographic collection of local photographer Louis Thuillier is on display. He took portraits of thousands of soldiers who passed through the village in his studio, and the unique collection is displayed in original buildings dating from the period.

    Meals - Breakfast

  • Day 5

    Return home.

    Meals - Breakfast

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Accommodation

You will stay for four nights at the 3-star Ibis Albert. Back to top