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.
- Travel to and from the UK to France and Belgium.
- Luggage and equipment transfers.
- The services of a battlefield guide throughout your visit.
- Bike hire.
Sample Tour Itinerary
Travel to Arras from London St Pancras via Eurostar and a local train.
Check into hotel followed by a visit to the Wellington Quarry, part of a network of tunnels used by forces of the British Empire and Commonwealth during the First World War. Evening in Arras.
Pick up hire bikes and check out of hotel and follow country lanes to the northern sector of the Somme battlefield. To include visits to Beaumont Hamel, Newfoundland Park, the Ulster Tower, Thiepval and then on to Albert for our overnight stay.
Our luggage is transferred to Albert from Arras.
Cycle from Albert to the southern sector of the battlefield visiting the scene of one of a series of huge explosions at Lochnagar Crater, and then on to Mametz and Fricourt, taking the opportunity to visit the German Cemetery. Later in the day we will travel to High Wood and Delville Wood, visiting the impressive South African memorial.
Overnight in Albert
Morning cycle from Albert to Arras visiting Sheffield Park and the memorials to the Pals Battalions en route. Afternoon depart for St Pancras where our journey ends.
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.
Typically our tours start and finish at St Pancras International Station.
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.