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. Cycling along cycle paths and quiet lanes we travel at your pace to explore some of the most iconic sites in modern British history.
The Western Front tour offers a fully guided cycle tour of the key sites associated with the battlefields of the Western Front and includes time to explore the towns of Ypres, Albert, Amiens and Arras.
Tours generally take place over 7 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
Meet at Eurostar Terminal, London, St Pancras International Station.
Eurostar to Lille, local train to Ypres.
Walking tour of Ypres to include a visit to the Menin Gate and attendance at the daily ceremony.
Follow cycle paths and country lanes to the north and east of Ypres to take in Hill 60, Sanctuary Wood, Polygon Wood, Passchendaele and Langemarck. This route weaves between both the British and German front lines. We finish the day at Essex Farm, the Aid Station made famous by John McCrae.
Overnight in Ypres.
Follow the front line to the south of Ypres towards the French border travelling through villages such as Wytschaete, Messines and Ploegsteert to witness the aftermath of some of the largest explosions of the war. From here we cycle up onto the Aubers Ridge to visit the ‘Forgotten Front’ visiting the most recent war cemetery at Pheasant Wood.
The day concludes with a visit to Loos as we near our overnight stay in Lens.
Today we cycle from Lens to Arras in the hills of Artois. There a couple of ‘decent’ hills which give impressive views of the former battlefields. During the course of our cycle we will visit, Notre Dame de Lorette, Neuville St Vaast and Vimy Ridge.
We finish the day by cycling into Arras for our overnight stay.
Cycling today from Arras to Albert, we move into the Somme region. As we approach Albert the scale of the fighting here becomes apparent as we pass one cemetery after another. During the course of the cycle we will visit the memorials to the Pals battalions at Sheffield Park, the sunken lane at Beaumont Hamel, before cycling on to Newfoundland Park , the Ulster Tower and the Thiepval memorial to the missing.
Overnight in Albert.
Albert to Amiens cycling. Our last day cycling, we by heading towards Delville Wood and High Wood before heading towards Amiens. For much of our journey we will cycle along the banks of the River Somme taking in Bray, Corbie and Villers Bretonneux.
Overnight in Amiens.
Train from Amiens to Calais Frethun and then Eurostar to return back to London, St Pancras International Station.
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 en route, 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. Then local taxi to Ypres.
Travel from Amiens to Calais Frethun and then on to St Pancras International Station.
Please note that for all cycling tours you are required to bring your own equipment including, for this tour, your own bicycle.”