Walking The Ypres Salient
5 days from £619pp
On this tour we walk the Ypres battlefields of World War 1, visiting the sights of the Ypres Salient and discussing the fighting that happened here in 1917. Our walks take us to places such as Artillery Wood, Pilkem Ridge, Tyne Cot Cemetery and Nieuport. We also see cemeteries, memorials and visit museums as we walk the battlefields and learn of what happened here one hundred years ago.
- 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast
- Specialist Battlefield Guide
- Convenient local joining points
- Travel by Silver Service coach
(Deposits from £50pp)
Once you have booked your battlefield tour either online, or by telephone (01709 385 624), you have the flexibility of how you pay off the remainder of your balance. You can -
Our contact and online banking payment details will be on your confirmation invoice to remind you of your choices.
For customers living outside of the UK, if you want to make a booking you will need to provide a UK postcode on our online booking system. If you are not able to provide a relevant UK postcode then you can enter the postcode for London Victoria Coach Station – SW1W 9TP. You should then be able to proceed to complete your booking.
If you do encounter a problem then you can speak to one of our friendly advisors who will be happy to help.
Please Note : After completing your booking, a member of our Customer Service team will be in touch to make sure everything is okay.
Either e-mail our Reservations Department or call on 01709 830 333 and they will check to see whether you can visit a particular cemetery on any of our Battlefield Tours, if we are not able to fit it into our itinerary then you could take some time out of the tour and do this independently by taxi or public transport.
Local departure by coach, then to Ypres for a four-night stay.
Day 2 - Pilkem Ridge & Hooge
Our first walk starts at Artillery Wood where Third Ypres started on 31st July 1917. We look at the Guards attack and also the role of the 38th (Welsh) Division. We then follow the old railway line across the Pilkem Ridge, visiting Ruisseau Farm Cemetery and ending with the story of Harry Patch at Langemarck: The Last Fighting Tommy. After lunch at Hooge we walk the battle here, fought over during Third Ypres. We walk up to the Bellewaarde Ridge and see an area of mine craters opened up to the public as part of the WW1 Centenary and see how the low ridges around Ypres could dominate the ground.
Included meals: Breakfast
Day 3 - Passchendaele & Polygon Wood
Our third walk starts at Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest British and Commonwealth War Cemetery in the world. Here we look at the fighting in this area in October 1917 when ANZAC troops took the ridge. We then walk down into the valley before Passchendaele village and follow the Canadian assault on the village in October and November 1917 up to the valley to the Canadian memorial at Crest Farm. We then walk into the village, ending at Passchendaele Church to visit the memorial to the British 66th (West Lancs) Division. After lunch we look at the fighting for Polygon Wood in 1917. Starting at Black Watch Corner we go into the wood, seeing the signs of shell holes and bunkers, and visit the Buttes New British Cemetery and Polygon Wood Cemetery, seeing where Australian soldiers fought in September 1917.
Included meals: Breakfast
Day 4 - Pervyse & Nieuport
Today we move up towards the Flanders coast and our final walk takes us along the old railway line between the villages of Pervyse and Ramskapelle. Here two British nurses tended the Belgian wounded, but in 1917 British troops also fought on this front, and this walk straddles the sight of the old front line. After lunch we visit the new Yser Museum, and look at the Battle for the Dunes at Nieuport in July 1917, seeing the Nieuport Memorial.
Included meals: Breakfast
Included meals: Breakfast
Museum package available whilst on tour approx cost €45.
A selection of related books for pre or post tour reading.
Barton, Peter Passchendaele 1917 (Constable 2007)
MacDonald, Lyn They Called It Passchendaele (many editions)
Sheldon, Jack The German Army At Ypres 1914 (Pen & Sword 2010)
Reed, Paul Walking The Salient (Pen & Sword Ltd 1999, new edition 2017)
This tour takes place in Belgium only. As such you will only need euros (€).
Although lunch is not included in your tour price, we now offer a very reasonable optional lunch package covering most of your needs while on the battlefields which can be arranged while on tour.
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.
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.
You will stay for four nights at the 3-star Novotel in Ypres.
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About the hotel
The Novotel Ypres Centrum is located in the heart of historic town of Ypres, just a short walk from the Menin Gate. The hotel makes the ideal base for exploring the rich military heritage of the area.
- English Speaking Staff
- Guest Lounge
- WiFi Available
- Bath and/or Shower
- Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
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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+ Find out more
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
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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.