Walking the Somme Battlefields

5 days from £659pp

About the tour: Walking the Somme Battlefields

Tour Introduction

Following the line of the 1st July, we walk the World War 1 Somme battlefields in northern France seeing sites such as Mash Valley, Mametz Wood, Theipval and The Hindenburg Line. Our first walk begins at Thiepval, where we see the impressive Thiepval Memorial and the site of the German front line at Leipzig Redoubt. Our second walk takes us to Mash Valley, where we follow the front line across to the Lochnagar Mine Crater. Our third walk takes us Mametz Wood and Poziéres and our final walks see us follow the story of the fighting at the Somme in 1918.

Tour Includes

  • 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Convenient local joining points
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

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

Day 2 - Thiepval & Mash Valley

Walk 1: Our first walk starts at Thiepval, where we see the impressive 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

Mash Valley

Mash Valley (6)

Key Visits

  • Thiepval Memorial
  • 34th Division Memorial, La Boisselle
  • Mash Valley
  • Lochnagar Crater Memorial, La Boisselle
  • Lonsdale Cemetery

Day 3 - Mametz Wood & Poziéres

Walk 3: Our walks today begin 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. We end at Courcelette looking at the story of the Canadians on the Somme.

Included meals: Breakfast

Welsh Division Memorial, Mametz Wood

Welsh Division Memorial, Mametz Wood (7)

Key Visits

  • Courcelette Battlefield
  • Welsh Division Memorial, Mametz Wood
  • Pozières Windmill Site
  • Flat Iron Copse Cemetery
  • Dantzig Alley British Cemetery
  • Bazentin le Petit Communal Cemetery Extension

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 Riqueval and the US Cemetery and Memorial at Bony.

Included meals: Breakfast

Somme American Cemetery

Somme American Cemetery (6)

Key Visits

  • Riqueval Bridge
  • Group walking at Villers-Guislain
  • Pigeon Ravine Cemetery
  • Somme American Cemetery
  • St. Quentin

Day 5

Return home.

Included meals: Breakfast

Entrance to museums, places of interest and optional excursions are at extra cost.

OPTIONAL PACKED LUNCH PACKAGE: Packed lunch 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. It also includes a 15 page booklet. Please note this is offered as a complete package only and must be paid in Euros (cash).

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.

Thiepval Memorial

Thiepval Memorial is undergoing major restoration work from March 2020 through to 2021. We will still be visiting Thiepval Memorial during your tour but various parts of the structure will be inaccessible. Visitors wishing to see relatives’ names, will be able view the relevant panels via a new digital exhibition. The exhibition will also feature some of the casualties commemorated and the wider work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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 Amiens Centre Cathedrale.

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...

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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