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Walking the Somme - Centenary Tour 2016

5 Day Tour from £479.00

In the centenary year of the infamous Battle of the Somme, we are pleased to announce a new version of our classic battlefield walking tour which will focus on the terrible Black Day of the British Army - 1st July 1916. We will see the key areas along the

Itinerary

4-Day Tour

  • Day 1 – Local departure by coach, then to our hotel in northern France for a three night stay.
  • Day 2 – Walk 1: We start our walks on the battlefield at Gommecourt, the northernmost area of attack and the scene of a costly diversionary operation. We see the ground where the 46th (North Midland) Division lost heavily and walk down No Man's Land. We also venture into the area where the London battalions attacked close to Gommecourt Park. Walk 2: After lunch we look at the Pals battalions who took part in the assault on Serre. Here men from many northern towns and cities suffered crippling casualties and we walk the battlefield around the Sheffield Memorial Park seeing the battlefield cemeteries and memorials, and the remains of British trenches. We end the day at Serre Road No 1 cemetery and contrast the fighting at the beginning of the battle with the end in November 1916. Breakfast
  • Day 3 – Walk 3: We begin today at Redan Ridge; an often overlooked part of the 1st July story but where more than 10% of the casualties that day were suffered. We see the battlefield cemeteries on the ridge and walk down to the famous Sunken Lane at Beaumont Hamel where the 1st Lancashire Fusiliers made their advance. We see where Geoffrey Malins filmed the battle and then walk up onto the Hawthorn Ridge, discussing the mine explosion here on 1st July and seeing Hawthorn Ridge Cemetery. Walk 4: After lunch we walk the battlefield at Thiepval. Starting in the village we contrast the village of today with the one of 1914 - one of the biggest on the Somme. We walk across to the battlefield where the 36th (Ulster) Division fought and follow the tracks to where the Schwaben Redoubt was. We end in the nearby village of St. Pierre Divion and walk across to the river Ancre. Breakfast
  • Day 4 – Return home. Breakfast

5-Day Tour

  • Day 1 – Local departure by coach, then to our hotel in northern France for a four night stay.
  • Day 2 – Walk 1: We start our walks on the battlefield at Gommecourt, the northernmost area of attack and the scene of a costly diversionary operation. We see the ground where the 46th (North Midland) Division lost heavily and walk down No Man's Land. We also venture into the area where the London battalions attacked close to Gommecourt Park. Walk 2: After lunch we look at the Pals battalions who took part in the assault on Serre. Here men from many northern towns and cities suffered crippling casualties and we walk the battlefield around the Sheffield Memorial Park seeing the battlefield cemeteries and memorials, and the remains of British trenches. We end the day at Serre Road No 1 cemetery and contrast the fighting at the beginning of the battle with the end in November 1916. Breakfast
  • Day 3 – Walk 3: We begin today at Redan Ridge; an often overlooked part of the 1st July story but where more than 10% of the casualties that day were suffered. We see the battlefield cemeteries on the ridge and walk down to the famous Sunken Lane at Beaumont Hamel where the 1st Lancashire Fusiliers made their advance. We see where Geoffrey Malins filmed the battle and then walk up onto the Hawthorn Ridge, discussing the mine explosion here on 1st July and seeing Hawthorn Ridge Cemetery. Walk 4: After lunch we walk the battlefield at Thiepval. Starting in the village we contrast the village of today with the one of 1914 - one of the biggest on the Somme. We walk across to the battlefield where the 36th (Ulster) Division fought and follow the tracks to where the Schwaben Redoubt was. We end in the nearby village of St. Pierre Divion and walk across to the river Ancre. Breakfast
  • Day 4 – Walk 5: Our final walk looks at the story of the regiments from Yorkshire which attacked here on 1st July 1916. Starting at Norfolk Cemetery we examine the 'When The Barrage Lifts' toast given by men of 9th King's Own Yorkshire Ligh Infantry and visit the grave of Yorkshire VC Loudoun-Shand. Walking out to the high ground above Fricourt we see where the attacks went in and visit the evocative Fricourt New Military Cemetery where the graves of men from East and West Yorkshire lay side by side. We end in Fricourt village and look at the German story of 1st July, seeing the German cemetery here. In the afternoon we visit the new Thiepval Somme Museum, spend time at the Thiepval Memorial and look at the fighting beyond 1st July with the story of the South African Brigade at Delville Wood. Breakfast
  • Day 5 – Return home. Breakfast

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