Bespoke guided cycling and walking battlefield tours
Had the most fantastic four days walking the Somme battlefield. I had read lots of material but this walk brought it all to life. That, in no small part, was due to Andrew and his skill as a guide. Brilliantly organised Andrew made it so all we had to do was take in the incredible stories. Can’t recommend this highly enough. We were a group that had not previously met, but it felt like walking with friends.
A sincere “Thank You” for another excellent battlefield journey! I think we all really enjoyed our trip to La Somme, and your guidance and organisation were splendid. Malcolm, thank you for the comprehensive photos! I’ll look forward to another trip with you next year.
Thank you very much for a great cycle tour in the Ypres Salient - I quite agree it is the only way to see it. My knowledge of this aspect of our history was greatly enhanced and I certainly intend to read more now. The depth of your knowledge and wonderful anecdotes added hugely to the trip and anything I read will have so much more meaning now that I can picture everything. Can’t believe we didn’t have any punctures either! Many thanks also to Dave – brilliant support driver and you were both great company in the evenings. Wishing you less windy trips for the rest of the year!
Thank you so much from all of us for making the trip such a success. We all agreed that we could not have done it without you . You managed to bring everything to life and we really felt we understood what it must have been like there. Everyone felt a real sense of achievement to have cycled round the sights. I’m not sure we will get many wanting to take it up long term but I loved it and will definitely be peddling up those Devon hills again. But it was definitely the right thing to do and the bikes were great.
Thank you for our wonderful Somme trip, it was a mixture of laughter and sorrow, fun and sadness, but most of all appreciation for what we are able to enjoy and for what we have.
I just wanted to drop you a note to thank you for another brilliant walking tour. Your passion and knowledge seem boundless and really help make the whole experience so enjoyable. Your walking energy is pretty impressive, too! I’m really keen to do another tour with you, so please keep me informed of your plans next year and beyond.
Andrew took a group of work colleagues and I on a fascinating walk through Wapping and the old London docks. After a morning in the office talking business strategy it was the perfect way for the team to relax and bond. Andrew was a great guide mixing historical nuggets with fun facts. The pace of the tour was just right.
Phil and I thoroughly enjoyed the four days we spent with you re-tracing the steps of our grandfathers around the Somme and Ypres area. Your research and knowledge of military history, coupled with the ability to cycle to sites rarely visited by coach parties made for an exceptional experience. We would not hesitate to recommend your services to friends and family.
Sincere thanks for hosting us on another great trip. Everything seemed to go to plan and I really enjoyed the experience. The cycles, your informative commentary, the banter, the food, the booze etc etc, as always your attention to detail was second to none. So let’s look forward to another - The Western Front in 2017? Once again thank you for all your efforts. You are both great company and always ensure we make the most out of the experience. E bikes forever!!!
Thank you for a wonderful week of cycling while discovering so much that I just didn’t know before. I enjoyed it all, and your extensive knowledge and anecdotes brought this amazing piece of our recent history to life. I’m looking forward to the next tour which, fingers crossed, I hope we’ll do with you next year.
Would highly recommend this tour for those that are interested in the history of the Great War, it is a fabulous live history lesson and just being there it is easy to imagine the conditions and hardship soldiers endured. Thanks to Andrew his knowledge of the area and its history it made an extremely enjoyable tour.
Having searched for a battlefield tour we were extremely fortunate to happen upon Battlefield Journey and Andrew Date. From our meeting at the beginning of our experience to the end it is fair to say it was one of the easiest vacations we have ever undertaken. Andrew took care of everything, transport, hotel check in and the tremendous information we received whilst walking the battlefield; which today is a beautiful area to explore. Whilst walking, Andrew explained the complexities of what happened on day one and subsequently the Battle of the Somme, the aftermath, the fallout and he also knew about the many regiments involved and has a breadth of knowledge of individuals and their plight. For anyone who is considering a trip to the Somme we wholeheartedly recommend Andrew and Battlefield Journey.
We recently did the Pirates and Pubs tour and must say we enjoyed it immensely. Andrew our guide was very knowledgeable, providing many interesting facts about London during the walk and was easy to talk to. The pace of the walk was just about perfect taking into account short stops along the way in relevant locations and also enjoying a refreshing break in the Prospect of Whitby. We would definitely recommend the tour to friends and family and will be looking to book another walk soon. Thanks again Andrew.
Brilliant two and a half hours with Andrew. He’s very knowledgeable and a great guide. The walk was at a good pace, all next to the Thames through interesting areas of London. We stopped at a great pub on route for a drink and finished in Canary Wharf. We chose to take the boat back to The Tower of London – well worth it and a great way to finish off the trip.Fabulous value walk and a great way to pass a couple of hours
Thank you very much for a fantastic tour. I really enjoyed it and so did my son. We learned a lot of new facts and visited places in London we did not even know existed.
Thanks for the great responses to my questions. Also the personal approach.
Great off the beaten track tour. Thank you.
Thoroughly enjoyed our Blitz walk with an excellent guide.
Thank you for a great tour. We will recommend you!
Thank you for a wonderful tour - the highlight of our trip.
The Three Sisters Ride Again!
Who would believe that after 40+ years of living, three sisters from Ireland would cycle the Somme battlefields of the dead, led by the most friendly, patient and knowledgeable guide imaginable. A rich and varied history education did not really convey the horror of WW1 or indeed any of the wars we studied at school all those years ago. Driving a car through parts of France as an adult did not really have the impact either. So getting back on our bikes after many years proved to be the most amazing experience ever. Having Andrew as tour guide though, was central to ensuring a an informative and stress free trip. Everything was planned and considered though Andrew’s flexibility enabled us to be drawn appropriately into decision making. I cannot rate his contribution highly enough. There is no way we could have managed this trip without his wisdom, knowledge and expertise.
This is a trip everyone should make at some point in their lives and Andrew is the walking encyclopaedia they need!
I organised a group of mates to cycle the Ypres Salient - 8 in all - and it turned out to be most memorable in so many respects. Andrew and Malcolm were great guides - very knowledgeable on all aspects of the places we visited. Two of us have relatives killed in WW1 and Andrew went out of his way to find them and take us to their memorial. The accommodation in Ypres was very well appointed with many restaurants available to choose from. We were fortunate with the weather and the travel arrangements were very straight forward.
Each of us were truly moved by the scale of the many graveyards and memorials we visited and have returned with many moving memories.
We are already planning another visit next year with Battlefield Journey - to the D Day beaches.
Thank you Andrew and Malcolm for your friendship and guidance.
The Ypres 4 day cycling tour was absolutely the highlight of 3 weeks on the continent as part of a mate and my 50th birthday celebrations. Andrew could not have been a friendlier, more informed and accommodating guide and had the gall to say that we were not obliged to enjoy a beer with him after the unrivalled cycling amongst the Belgian countryside!! I have walked the WW2 Kokoda track in New Guinea, almost a rite of passage for Australians, and respectfully submit that the Battlefield Journey Ypres cycle experience to be more profound and moving given the great cost to the Commonwealth forces. Superb. I will be back for the Normandy cycle in a year or so!
Following our walk from St Pauls to Canary Wharf on Sunday, I would just like to say thank you for an excellent and outstanding journey along the Thames Way. We found the whole experience incredible. Hopefully we will see you sometime in the future. Thanking you once again for an enjoyable day.
May I thank you for your wonderful, comprehensive guide around the Beaches of Normandy. It was ‘par excellence’. It is somewhat daunting to understand that without the extreme organisation and precision and the total gallantry of those soldiers, most of us may not have been here today.
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.
Brilliant tour, Great people, Andrew and Malcolm were superb!
Thank you for an unforgettable trip. So much sadness and yet so much beauty. Only by walking the Somme can you fully take in the full scale horror. Your amazing knowledge brought every place we visited to life and Malcolm's photographic diary will be so helpful.
An excellent trip again, new stories every time, Andrew is a fountain of knowledge and a thoroughly nice chap. He goes out of his way to locate and explain sites of personal significance to the group and nothing is too much trouble. My sixth school visit to Ypres with Andrew and will certainly not be the last, already planning next year! Thoroughly recommend to both school groups and individuals looking to get an expert and friendly visit to the battlefields.
I was lucky enough to be given the task of being the second in command for Exercise Chequered Ypres, a tailor-made cycling battlefield study put together and executed by Andrew and Malcolm of Battlefield Journey Ltd.
As a Sergeant in the Royal Horse Artillery I understand the need for a dynamic and insightful battlefield tour that can both engage the young men and women of our Regiment whilst maintaining sensitivity and encouraging personal engagement. Andrew and Malcolm delivered these requirements and more during our trip and I will not hesitate to either call upon their services again or indeed further their details on to my colleagues in the British Armed Forces.
A big thank you to Malcolm and Andrew from Battlefield Journey Ltd for successfully organising such a fantastic week. A great depth of knowledge and a passion for history coupled with some strong cycling legs made it an unforgettable and challenging trip for all the ranks of B Battery, 1st Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery. Some very memorable moments, in particular the boys laying a wreath at the Menin Gate during the last post ceremony.
I would have no hesitation in recommending the trip, or more particularly, both of you to others. I also feel we have made good friends, thank you for putting up with us. All the best for now and all successes to the future of Battlefield Journey Ltd.
As OIC of Exercise Chequered Ypres 5-11 of May 2015 I would like to thank Andrew and Malcolm of Battlefield Journey for putting together a perfect bespoke battlefield study package which challenged 24 soldiers from B Battery 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery both mentally and physically. We cycled over 300 miles to mark 300 years of Royal Artillery History. At every opportunity Andrew and Malcolm were teaching the soldiers all about the first and second world war. The added elements of cycling really help in increasing the soldiers knowledge of the scale of war and the loss of life. One of my soldiers said that: "the cycling made the trip, I had been on many battlefield tours and it’s on the bus and off the bus but when you cycle you really take in the country and get great awareness of what happened.
One of the many highlights was the days cycling around the Ypres salient where B Battery had served in the Great War and so many actions that have shaped the British Army took place. I can honestly say that every member of the exercise greatly enjoyed themselves and I overheard one group of soldiers back at work saying "I wish I was still in Belgium".
I would definitely recommend booking a trip with Battlefield Journey, they will make it a truly memorable experience. If they can tailor a trip for 24 soldiers, they can tailor the perfect trip for you too! And definitely don't be put off if you think you're not fit enough, being soldiers we made them add an extra 200 miles on to their usual distance for us.
Andrew and Malcolm from all your friends in B Battery 1RHA thank you.