Walking The Ypres Salient

5 days from £789pp

About the tour: Walking The Ypres Salient

Tour Introduction

On this tour we walk the Ypres battlefields of World War 1, visiting the sites 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 Wartime Ypres. We also see cemeteries, memorials and visit museums as we walk the battlefields and learn of what happened here more than a century ago.

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 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

Royal Engineers Grave at Bellewaarde Ridge

Royal Engineers Grave at Bellewaarde Ridge (6)

Key Visits

  • Hooge
  • Pilkem Ridge
  • Mine Craters at Bellewaarde Ridge
  • Royal Engineers Grave at Bellewaarde Ridge
  • Harry Patch Memorial
  • Ruisseau Farm Cemetery

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

Scott's Bunker, Polygon Wood

Scott's Bunker, Polygon Wood (7)

Key Visits

  • Tyne Cot Cemetery
  • Crest Farm Memorial, Passchendaele
  • Passchendaele Village
  • Black Watch Corner Memorial
  • Scott's Bunker, Polygon Wood
  • Buttes New British Cemetery

Day 4 - Walking Wartime Ypres & Lijssenthoek

Today we walk the city of Ypres itself seeing some of the key sites connected with the Great War. We walk the old Ramparts, seeing where the Headquarters were and look at how troops got out onto the battlefield, then at the Lille Gate we visit the moving Ramparts Cemetery. We then look at the Cloth Hall area, visit St George’s Memorial Church and end at the Reservoir Cemetery looking at the stories of those who died within Ypres itself. After lunchtime in Ypres with some free-time to visit the In Flanders Fields Museum (at own cost), we look at Behind the Lines at Ypres visiting Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery.

Included meals: Breakfast

Ypres Reservoir Cemetery

Ypres Reservoir Cemetery (6)

Key Visits

  • Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery
  • Ypres Reservoir Cemetery
  • Ramparts Cemetery
  • The Ramparts, Ypres
  • Cloth Hall, Ypres

Day 5

Return home.

Included meals: Breakfast

Museum package available whilst on tour approx cost €45.

Pre-Tour Reading

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)

Passenger Information

Foreign Currency

This tour takes place in Belgium only. As such you will only need euros (€).

Lunch Stops

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.

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 Novotel Ypres Centrum located in the heart of Ypres.

Novotel Ypres Centrum

Novotel Ypres Centrum
Novotel Ypres Centrum
Novotel Ypres Centrum

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.

Hotel Features

  • Bar
  • English Speaking Staff
  • Guest Lounge
  • Lift
  • Restaurant
  • WiFi Available

Room Features

  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • 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...

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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