Walking the Somme Battlefields
5 days from £639pp
Following the line of the 1st July, we walk the World War 1 Somme battlefields in northern France seeing sites such as Bois Francais, Pals Memorial, Leuze Wood and Vignacourt Museum. Our first walk begins near Fricourt, and we walk the battlefield where war poets Robert Graves and Siegfried Sassoon served before the Battle of the Somme. On our second walk we follow the Pals Battalions recruited in Liverpool and Manchester. We walk the fields of the ‘forgotten Somme’ on the third walk, and our fourth walk takes us along the edge of Leuze Wood. We look at the fighting around the Ancre Heights on our final walk, before rounding the tour off at the 14-18 Museum.
- 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast
- Specialist Battlefield Guide
- Convenient local joining points
(Deposits from £150pp)
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Local departure by coach then to our hotel in Albert, where we stay for four nights.
Day 2 - Poets and Pals on the Somme
Walk 1: We begin near Fricourt and walk the battlefield where war poets Robert Graves and Siegfried Sassoon served before the Battle of the Somme. We see some of the small battlefield cemeteries including Point 110 Old and New, and then walk up to the Bois Francais area, where the front lines were. We then follow the ground across to Mansel Copse and look at the story of poet William Noel Hodgson and the men of the Devonshire Regiment who fought and fell here on 1st July 1916, seeing their memorial and Devonshire Cemetery.
Walk 2: On this walk we follow the Pals Battalions recruited in Liverpool and Manchester. Starting at Peronne Road Cemetery, we walk into the village of Maricourt and then out to the front-line areas following the Pals' attack on Montauban. Continuing into the village we see the Pals Memorial, and then end at the Quarry Cemetery and look at what happened here in the next phase of the Somme battle.
Included meals: Breakfast
Day 3 - Guedecourt and Leuze Wood
Walk 3: We start in the village of Flers, seeing the moving bronze British Tommy on the memorial to the 41st Division, before walking out to Bull’s Road Cemetery, looking at the first use of tanks here in September 1916. We then continue to AIF Burial Ground Cemetery, looking at some of the later fighting, and then walk the fields of the ‘forgotten Somme’ around Guedecourt, seeing where the October 1916 fighting took place and ending at the Caribou Memorial to the Newfoundland Regiment.
Walk 4: Out in the fields near Ginchy we see the wooden cross to Major Cedric Dickens, grandson of the famous author Charles Dickens. This was once his field grave and we follow his story and those of the men of the London Regiments who fought here in September 1916. We walk along the edge of Leuze Wood – ‘Lousy Wood’ to the troops – and see a German bunker, and then down into Combles to visit the small Guards Cemetery.
Included meals: Breakfast
Day 4 - The Ancre Heights and Vignacourt
Walk 5: Today we look at the fighting around the Ancre Heights, starting at the Ancre British Cemetery and walking up onto the high ground above the river valley. We continue into Beaumont-Hamel and look at the end of the Somme battle, seeing all that remains of the pre-war village before ending at Hawthorn Ridge, where we visit the Hawthorn Mine Crater and Sunken Lane.
After lunch, we travel behind the lines to the village of Vignacourt for an included visit to the 14-18 Museum, where the amazing photographic collection of local photographer Louis Thuillier is on display. He took portraits of thousands of soldiers who passed through the village in his studio, and the unique collection is displayed in original buildings dating from the period.
Included meals: Breakfast
Included meals: Breakfast
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).
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.
If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.
No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.
All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333
Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
Your hotels will supply towels in your room.
We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.
We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.
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- Guest Lounge
- WiFi Available
- Bath and/or Shower
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