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.
- Luggage and equipment transfers.
- The services of a battlefield guide throughout your visit.
- Entry to museums
Sample Tour Itinerary
Morning crossing from UK to Albert and check in at our hotel in Albert .
Our afternoon walk will examine the fighting in the section of front line from Lochnagar to Fricourt 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 and the German cemetery at Fricourt.
Our walk today takes us along country lanes and tracks to the northern sector of the Somme battlefield. Today’s walk starts at the Thiepval Memorial and follows the British front line to Authuille. From here we explore the German strongpoints at the Leipzig and Schwaben Redoubts.
In the afternoon we will visit the village of Pozieres, first entered by the 1st Australian Division on July 24th 1916 and not fully taken until early September 1916. This is a shorter walk and follows in the footsteps of the Australians as they struggled to capture this strategically important village.
Starting and finishing 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 via former communication trenches visiting Hawthorn Crater, White City and the sunken lane en route. After lunch at the Ocean Villas Tea Rooms, we visit the remains of both British and German trenches at Newfoundland Park.
Starting at Delville Wood, the scene of some of the most ferocious fighting in the Somme offensive and now the site of the South African Memorial. From here a walk to take in the wooded countryside that presented the Allies with such difficulties in 1916, including a visit to High Wood.
Afternoon return 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 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..
Return journey from Amiens to Lille Flandres and on to St Pancras where our tour finishes.
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.