Cycling and Walking Tours

Battlefield Journey offers bespoke guided cycling and walking battlefield tours of northern France and Belgium. Ideal for leisure cyclists and weekend walkers with an interest in the events of the 20th century.

Because everyone is different we prefer the tailor-made approach to our battlefield tours. Whether travelling as individuals or members of a group, travel at your own pace to explore the sites included in our itineraries and those of your own choosing.

Ready To Go For 2022

There is no better time to reserve a place on one of our battlefield tours.

Whether you are a small group of family, friends or work colleagues or you are an individual traveller looking for an adventure, in touch with us to find out more about what’s on offer this year.

Get in touch with us today to discuss your bespoke tour requirements.

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Fully Bespoke - we can arrange as much or as little of your visit as you wish

All of our itineraries can be altered or changed to suit your requirements and your interests. We can take the hassle of booking transport and accommodation away, or you can make your own arrangements. The choice is yours!

Whether cycling along quiet country lanes and cycle paths or walking in peaceful countryside and along stunning coastal paths, there are plenty of opportunities to take in all the sites, enjoy a leisurely lunch and discuss with our expert guides the significance of what you see.

Bike hire is available on all of our cycle trips and in most locations we are also able to offer customers the opportunity to hire an e-bike, so if you feel you in need of an extra hand to get up those hills, we can help!

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is a requirement on all of our tours and you are, of course, free to acquire insurance from a number of providers. At Battlefield Journey we have found that First Travel Insurance offer a wide range of policies to meet all requirements – whether you are travelling as an individual, a couple or as a family.

In these unprecedented times First Travel Insurance now includes enhanced Covid-19 Cover so you can book your holiday with confidence. (Gold Cover only)

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Group Tours

As well as our cycling and walking tours we are well versed in organising battlefield tours for groups who would prefer to travel by coach, minibus or car.

If you are part of a group looking for a bespoke battlefield tour itinerary, taking place at the time of your choosing, then please contact us for further information and details of discounts available.

For groups thinking of taking one of our historical walks in London we offer free, no obligation taster walks for organisers so that you can be confident that your group will have a memorable day out.

Please contact us for further details or to discuss your bespoke group battlefield tour.

Our customers love our battlefield tours and London Walks

An amazing 4 days cycling, learning about the First World War. Thank you for organising a brilliant trip and sharing with us such interesting stories which brought to life the fight that our men endured for us all.
Sally Wright, Ripley, Surrey
Pedal to Passchendaele, July 2015

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Talk to us today to discuss and arrange your bespoke battlefield tour

Contact us to arrange a visit. We will be happy to suggest ideas and to organise the most appropriate programme to suit your interests, time and budget. Anything is possible!

 

Cycling Tours

Cycling the Somme

Somme Cycling Tour
Discover the Somme Battlefield

Cycle in the footsteps of the thousands of men who served on the Somme a century ago. Little has changed in the rolling countryside of Picardy as we cycle 75 miles over 4 days along quiet country lanes and tracks.

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Pedal to Passchendaele

Ypres Cycling Tour
Pedal to Passchendaele

Explore the half- moon shaped ‘Salient’ around Ypres – the eternal bond between the Belgian and British nations. Using quiet country roads and excellent cycle paths we will cover some 90 miles in our 4 day stay.

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The D-Day Cycling Tour

Normandy Cycling Tour
The D Day Landing Beaches

Discover the D-Day landing beaches following quiet tracks and lanes and take in the stunning coastal scenery. The cycle, spread out over 5 days, covers a distance of 140 miles and enables a detailed examination of these momentous events.

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New Tour Cycle Arnhem - A Bridge Too Far

Cycle Arnhem
A Bridge Too Far

Discover the major landmarks of the Battle of Arnhem in World War II. From the John Frost Bridge at Arnhem to the Airborne Museum at Oosterbeek , this cycle tells the story of courage and fortitude in the face of overwhelming odds.

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Operation Dynamo and the Dunkirk Evacuation

Operation Dynamo and the Dunkirk Evacuation
Calais/Dunkirk/Ypres/Eperlecques/Calais

“The ‘miracle’ of Dunkirk has become one of the most lasting images of the Second World War. The dramatic rescue in May 1940 had much to do with the bravery and tenacity of the soldiers who stayed behind.

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Freewheel the Western Front

Cycle The British Front Line
Freewheel the Western Front

Discover the entirety of the British front line, from the flat plains of Flanders Fields in the north to the rolling countryside of Picardy in the south. A distance of over 150 miles along cycle paths and quiet lanes.

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Walking Tours

Walking the Somme

Walking the Somme

Explore the rolling countryside of Picardy as we walk along quiet country lanes and tracks to bring to life the battlefields of the Somme. Based in Albert, there is also an opportunity to discover the sites around Vimy Ridge. The beauty of the Somme countryside is the perfect place for walking.

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Walking the D-Day Landing Beaches

Walking the D-Day Landing Beaches

Discover the D-Day landing beaches following quiet tracks and lanes and take in the stunning coastal scenery. The walks, spread out over 5 days, cover a distance of approximately 54 miles and enable a detailed examination of these momentous events.

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Exploring the Ypres Salient

Exploring the Ypres Salient

Explore the Ypres Salient on quiet country lanes and footpaths. An opportunity to get off the beaten track, as we walk a distance of just over 40 miles in our 4 day stay. An opportunity to take home some lasting memories of an area now at peace, but once the scene of indescribable carnage.

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London Historical Walks

New Tour Pubs and Pirates London Walk

Sex & Drugs & Rock ’n’ roll
tour around Soho

Our new historical London walk takes us to a relatively small part of London, but one which has plenty of tales to tell! London’s playground for over 200 years. Starting at Tottenham Court Station and finishing in Chinatown this walk is a reminder that “The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together.”

1½ - 2 hours

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Pubs and Pirates London Walk

Pubs and Pirates
from St Paul’s to Canary Wharf

Sticking to the riverside path this walk runs from the familiar splendour of St Pauls to the less familiar waterfront at Wapping. Revisit the haunts of the press gangs, pirates and their pursuers. An opportunity to see a rapidly changing London alongside a London that would have been familiar to the merchants and seafarers of the 18th century.

3 hours

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East End Markets London Walk

East End Markets
from Hackney to Spitalfields

A stroll through the vibrant and ever changing landscape of the East End. On this walk you will encounter fashion, food and flowers as well as former slums and highly desirable Georgian townhouses. In other words an opportunity for a bit of history and a spot of retail therapy. Please note, this walk is only available on a Sunday.

2 - 2½ hours

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City of London Walk

City of London Walk
a circular walk of the City

From the Romans to medieval London. From Pepys to Dickens. Our walk takes us on into the 20th Century to uncover a world of firewatchers, ARP wardens and auxiliary firefighters. The City of London was a prime target for the Luftwaffe. Our walk will tell a story of bravery and courage in the face of, at times, overwhelming odds.

2 - 2½ hours

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Markets, Kites and Canals London Walk

Markets, Kites and Canals
Camden to Little Venice Circular Walk

In between the story of an expanding and changing London there is an opportunity to enjoy some of the best views of the capital on offer. Much of this walk follows the canal towpath and is an opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of the modern capital.

2½ - 3 hours

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A Monopoly of Power and Wealth

A Monopoly of Power and Wealth
Tour around Mayfair and St James’s

Tour the most expensive parts of the Monopoly board. Bustling and vibrant, this walk takes in some of the most expensive addresses in the world. Many sights will be familiar, many less so. Our walk finishes on the Thames embankment.

2 hours

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In the Wake of the Boat Race

In the Wake of the Boat Race
from Putney to Barnes via Chiswick

Starting at Putney Bridge, this is a walk almost entirely free of traffic, our route follows the Thames Path both north and south of the river as we explore a world of boat houses and clubs, riverside pubs and striking architecture. The route takes us past Fuller’s Brewery at Chiswick.

2½ - 3 hours

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Contact Us

Please contact us today and we will be happy to answer any questions you have on our battlefield cycling and walking tours or to discuss any specific tour requirements or bespoke tour arrangements you might have.

01525 851 277

49 Grove Road,
Leighton Buzzard
Bedfordshire,
LU7 1SF