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Walking the Somme

5 days from £569pp

About the tour: Walking the Somme

Tour Introduction

Following the line of the 1st July, we walk the World War 1 Somme battlefields in Northern France seeing sites such as Gomecourt, Serre, Theipval and Fricourt. Our first walk begins at Gommecourt, where we see the ground where the 46th Division lost heavily and walk down No Man’s Land. Our second walk takes us to Serre, where we look at the Pals battalions and walk the battlefield around the Sheffield Memorial Park. Our third walk takes us to Redan Ridge; often overlooked, we visit the battlefield cemeteries on the ridge and walk down to the famous Sunken Lane at Beaumont Hamel. Our final walks see us follow the story of the Yorkshire regiments and take us to Fricourt and Theipval, where we visit its museum and memorial.

Tour Includes

  • 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Travel by executive coach or upgrade to Silver Service
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

We make our way to the port of departure and coach interchange where you will join your tour coach for the crossing to the continent. We continue to northern France and our hotel for a four-night stay.

Day 2 - Gommecourt & Serre

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.

Included meals: Breakfast

Serre Battlefield

Serre Battlefield (2)

Key Visits

  • Gommercourt
  • Serre
  • Sheffield Memorial Park

Day 3 - Redan Ridge & Thiepval

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 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.

Included meals: Breakfast

Redan Ridge

Redan Ridge (5)

Key Visits

  • Beaumont Hamel
  • Redan Ridge
  • Sunken Lane
  • Hawthorn Ridge

Day 4 - Norfolk and Fricourt New Military Cemeteries & Thiepval Somme Museum

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 Light 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.

Included meals: Breakfast

Thiepval Memorial

Thiepval Memorial (2)

Key Visits

  • Thiepval
  • St Pierre Divion

Day 5

We leave the hotel after breakfast and travel to the channel port. You will leave your tour coach behind as you join your transfer vehicle for your return journey to your original departure point.

Included meals: Breakfast

For 2018 we have a new version of our Walking the Somme tour where we visit some key locations on the 1916 battlefield but also look at events on the Somme in 1918, and see where the breakout battles for the Hindenburg Line took place.

Day 1

Local departure by coach, then to our hotel near Peronne, where we stay for four nights.

Day 2 - Thiepval & Mash Valley

Walk 1: Our first walk starts at Thiepval, where we see the huge Thiepval Memorial and then walk out to the site of the German front lines at the Leipzig Redoubt. We then follow the front line looking at the fighting here on 1st July 1916, see the Lonsdale Cemetery and walk across The Nab to Ovillers. Walk 2: Our second walk starts in Mash Valley at Ovillers and follows the front line across to La Boisselle and the Lochnagar Mine Crater.

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 3 - Mametz Wood & Poziéres

Walk 3: Our walks today began as we follow the attack of the 38th (Welsh) Division on Mametz Wood, walking up Death Valley, seeing the Welsh Dragon memorial and Flat Iron Copse Cemetery before ending in Bazentin. Walk 4: In the afternoon we start in the village of Pozières where Australian soldiers fought in July-September 1916, and walk across the battlefield here to the site of Mouquet Farm, or Mucky Farm to the troops.

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 4 - The Somme

Walk 5: Our final walk looks at the fighting on the Somme in March and September 1918, where we walk from Villers-Guislain to Pigeon Ravine, across an area of the Hindenburg Line battlefields. After lunch in St. Quentin, we see some of the 1918 sectors here, including the canal bridge at Ricqueval and the US Cemetery and Memorial at Bony.

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 5

Return home.

Included meals: Breakfast

1 x packed lunch/museum package available whilst on tour approx. cost €25. This package comprises of a packed lunch on day two and day three of the tour - which includes a baguette sandwich, packet of crisps and bottle of water - and entry to Thiepval Visitor Centre on day four. It also includes a 15 page booklet. Please note this is offered as a complete package only and must be paid in Euros (cash).

OPTIONAL EVENING MEAL PACKAGE AVAILABLE for £75 PER PERSON includes a 3-course meal at the hotel on days two and four (buffet starter and dessert and choice of main from pre-advised menu at breakfast each day) and one additional 3-course meal on day three.

Join us on a unique evening out on the Somme on day three, where we attend a moving Sound and Light Show with extracts from WW1 accounts, music, and re-enactors in uniform, all combined with a typical WW1 meal from the trenches. This will take place in a covered area in the historic Bernafay Wood, the scene of heavy fighting in July 1916, and is organised by 'Digger Cote 160', a local remembrance group.

Please note: this show is subject to minimum numbers and favourable weather conditions and may be cancelled with short notice.

Passenger Information

The tour is a walking tour of the Somme battlefields, with five walks - each of around three hours duration.

Foreign Currency

The ‘Walking the Somme’ tour takes place in France only. As such you will only need euros (€).

What to Bring

Because this is a walking tour you will need a good pair of walking boots. Ones that are already waterproof or easily made so are ideal. Your walking boots will be kept on the coach when not walking, and so you will also require some shoes to wear outside of the time we are not walking. Given the often changeable weather conditions you are also advised to have wet-weather gear, a hat for the sun, sun lotion for the same purpose, and a small walker’s rucksack to carry all your gear in. Again, one that is waterproof is a good idea.

Specialist Battlefield Guides

All of Leger’s battlefield tours are accompanied by specialist guides. Their individual in-depth knowledge of warfare will be informative, as well as enhance your overall experience, as they recreate a fascinating perception of the history and factual events of each battle. Discover the actual catalysts for war, the strategies employed and the final, inevitable outcomes, as well as experiencing the emotional human side of the front line.

Please note: On certain tours, you may get tour guides other that the ones listed below.

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You will stay for four nights at the 3-star Ibis Peronne Assevillers Hotel. The hotel has a restaurant and bar, the hotel is situated approximately 6 miles from the centre of Peronne in the heart of the Somme Battlefields area.

Ibis Styles Peronne Asseviller

About the hotel

The Ibis Styles Péronne-Assevillers is located 6.2 miles (10 km) from the town of Péronne at the Assevillers rest area on the A1 highway and 3 miles (5 km) from the TGV train station. The hotels facilities include Wi-Fi/Internet access, a restaurant with terrace, a bar and snack and beverage machine. All bedrooms features flat-screen LCD T.V. with all major channels, en-suite bathroom and air conditioning.

Hotel Features

  • Bar
  • Bureau de Change
  • English Speaking Staff
  • Guest Lounge
  • Lift
  • Restaurant
  • WiFi Available

Room Features

  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Telephone
  • TV

Travel Options

All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
alcohol can only be taken on board our vehicles at the discretion of your driver.

When it comes to getting to the Battlefields, Leger Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you choose from.

Silver Service Coach

Silver Service, refreshments
Silver Service, lounge
Silver Service, entertainment

Silver Service Features

  • Sit back and relax in specially-designed, deluxe reclining seats, with leather headrests, footrests and more legroom than standard coaches.
  • Enjoy the perfect temperature onboard with climate control.
  • Relax and have a chat in the spacious rear lounge.
  • Servery on board offering a range of refreshments.
  • Porterage* at most hotels, so you really don’t have to lift a finger.
  • Time flies with our onboard entertainment system.
  • With free personal headphones you can tune into the music channel, listen to the radio or watch DVDs.
  • Onboard toilet

Silver Service Seating Plan


Travel Extras

With an overnight stay or the option to meet us at the interchange, our travel extras allow you to create a travel experience to suit your needs...

Stay overnight near Dover

Why not go the night before your tour for a relaxing start?

You can park for FREE for up to seven days at the Holiday Inn Ashford North and enjoy an overnight stay with English breakfast from just £38 per person (Based on 2 sharing a twin/double room on a B&B basis, subject to availability. Single supplements and terms and conditions apply.) We’ll then collect you from the hotel on the day of departure and return you there at the end of your holiday.

To book this package, please call the hotel on 01233 713333, quoting ‘Leger Holidays’ and your booking reference. If your holiday is longer than seven days you can pay for additional days’ parking. Ask one of our friendly reservations team for more details when you book your holiday

Join coach at Interchange

Join your tour coach at the interchange.

On most tours if you’d prefer to join your tour coach at Stop 24 services, you can park your car in the car park which is accredited by the Park Mark safer parking scheme and is monitored 24 hours a day by CCTV. Payment for the parking is made on arrival using the self-service machines.

Excludes tours to Ireland and the U.K. and tours travelling via Brittany Ferries.

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