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, we are never far from the former front line and despite the passage of time we will uncover evidence of the fighting at every turn.
The Somme is the perfect place for walking. The beauty of the countryside belies the tragedy of the events that occurred here.
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 walking 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.
Sample Tour Itinerary
Day 1 : Lochnagar Crater to Delville Wood
Early morning crossing from Dover and then on to Albert for a walk to examine the fighting in the section of front line from Lochnagar to Fricourt and Mametz where the British had some success on July 1st. Later we walk to the Bois Francais (familiar to Siegfried Sassoon)and then on to Devonshire Cemetery, Mametz Wood and Flat Iron Copse, finishing our walk at the stunning South African Memorial in Delville Wood.
Day 2 : Thiepval
Walking along country lanes and tracks to the northern sector of the Somme battlefield. Today’s walk starts in the village of Authuille and follows the British front line to the stunning memorial to the missing at Thiepval. From here we explore the German strongpoint at the Schwaben Redoubt and visit the Ulster Tower, before tracing the British front line at Thiepval Wood.
Day 3 : The Pals Battalions and Newfoundland Park
Starting at the Ocean Villas Tea Rooms today’s walk tells the story of the Pals battalions and their fate on July 1st 1916. In the morning we make our way from Auchonvillers to Sheffield Park. In the afternoon we cross the Redan Ridge to Beaumont Hamel and the Hawthorn Crater back to Auchonvillers for a well-earned cup of tea. Later on we visit the remains of both British and German trenches at Newfoundland Park.
Day 4 : Arras and Vimy Ridge
Check out of our hotel and on to Arras. An opportunity to visit the Wellington Quarry and then a final walk around Vimy Ridge before an afternoon return to Calais and our crossing to Dover.
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 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 Dover Ferry Terminal. Travel by ferry and our own vehicle to Albert is included in our price.
An early morning meet at Dover Ferry Terminal where we take the cross channel ferry for Calais and then on to our hotel in Albert.
Check out of our hotel in Albert and then travel to Arras. After visiting Arras and Vimy Ridge we make our way back to Calais and the crossing to Dover where our journey ends.