Somme Cycling Tour
Discover the Somme Battlefield
Explore the rolling countryside of Picardy as we bring to life the battlefields of the Somme. Fought between July and November of 1916, the Battle of the Somme was one of the bloodiest and costliest of all time. In a hundred days of fighting the death toll reached over 300,000 with over half the bodies never being recovered.
Travelling along quiet country lanes, we will cycle at your pace to visit places whose names were ominously familiar to the soldiers of both sides during the First World War.
Tours generally take place over 3 or 4 days.
Bespoke Battlefield Tours
Because everyone is different we prefer the tailor-made approach to our battlefield tours. Whether travelling as individuals, members of a small or a large group, travel at your own pace to explore the sites included in our itineraries and those of your own choosing.
Remember, each holiday is bespoke. Anything is possible!
Get in touch with us today to discuss your bespoke tour requirements.
Our cycling holidays generally include the following;
- Bed and breakfast accommodation in 3 and 4-star hotels.
- Luggage and equipment transfers.
- The services of a battlefield guide throughout your visit.
- Entry to museums
- Bike hire.
Sample Tour Itinerary
Meet early afternoon in Albert.
A short cycle through rolling countryside from Albert to the village of Aveluy, then on to La Boiselle, the site of Lochnagar Crater.
Cycle to La Boiselle and then on to the villages of Becourt, Fricourt and Mametz. Whilst here we will visit the section of the front line dominated by the Bois Francais – the sector in which Siegfried Sassoon and Robert Graves served, amongst others.
In the afternoon we will cycle further east to the villages of Bazentin and Longueval, visiting both Delville Wood and High Wood. The former is the site for the impressive South African Memorial.
Cycle to the village of Authuille and then on to Thiepval, the site chosen for the impressive Memorial to the Missing. We will then cycle across No Man’s Land to the Ulster Tower, the scene of an enormous struggle involving men of the 36th Ulster Division.
In the afternoon we will visit the villages of Beaumont Hamel and Auchonvillers. We will also visit the area of preserved trenches at Newfoundland Park and discover the tragic fate of the Newfoundland Battalion.
Today our cycle will follow the River Ancre before we drop down to the River Somme at Corbie. From here we head to Villers- Bretonneux, the village where the Spring offensive of 1918 was finally halted, taking in the impressive Australian Memorial.
Morning at leisure in Albert before returning to UK.
If you wish us to book accommodation, a wide range is available. The area has numerous 3 and 4-star hotels. Many clients opt to book on a bed and breakfast basis. There are plenty of restaurants in both Arras and Albert, catering for most tastes. We will be on hand to advise you of the best places to eat in any case.
If you would like us to make travel arrangements for you our tours to the Somme typically start and finish at St Pancras.
Travel by Eurostar to Lille. Transfer to a local service from Lille Flandres to Arras.
Return journey from Amiens to Lille Flandres and on to St Pancras where our tour finishes.
Please note that for all cycling tours you are required to bring your own equipment such as helmets etc. Bikes are included in the tour price.