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Walking Tour of the Somme

Walking Tour of the Somme

As the poppies bloom, join an International Guild of Battlefield Guides’ qualified historian to walk in the footsteps of heroes.

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Cross front lines, see the scars of battle and hear first hand the history of the First World War in the fields and towns where it all took place.


At a glance:

  • Guided by military historian

  • Thiepval Memorial

  • Northumberland Park

  • Sheffield Memorial Park

  • 2 packed lunches


Please note: day one does not include a lunch and it is recommended a packed lunch is brought from home. This walking tour is unsuitable for the less mobile as the distance on day 2 is approximately 10 miles.

Day 1

Departing from local pick up points across East Anglia, travel to France for the first walk of the weekend. Taking in the Sheffield Memorial Park, Redan Ridge, Hawthorn Crater and Northumberland Park, discover what happened on 1 July 1916, the first day of the Battle of The Somme. Later, continue to the Mercure Arras Centre Gare Hotel for the two night stay with dinner, bed and breakfast plus two packed lunches and a welcome glass of wine.

Please note: day one does not include a lunch and it is recommended a packed lunch is brought from home.


Day 2

Today's longer walk uncovers action later in the campaign with visits to Dantzig Alley Cemetery, Mametz Wood, London Cemetery, High Wood, Longueval village and Delville Wood. After a packed lunch and another walk to the 18th Div memorial and Bernafay, drive to the awe-inspiring Thiepval memorial.

B, D, L

Day 3

This morning, enjoy a short walk to visit Citadel Cemetery, Bois Francais and the Kiel Trench with time to pay respects at Siegfried Sassoon's grave. Following another included packed lunch, drive to Fricourt German Cemetery before heading back to Calais to board the Eurotunnel and the return journey back to the local drop off points across East Anglia.

B, D, L

B=Breakfast Included, D=Evening Meal Included, L=Lunch Included

Mercure Arras Centre Gare Hotel

Close to the historic centre of Arras, the Mercure Arras Centre Gare Hotel is ideally located in the downtown area of Arras and within walking distance of the pedestrian centre.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Ardleigh Crown Ardleigh Crown Public House
Bramford, Angel PH Bramford, Angel Public House
Brentwood George & Dragon George & Dragon PH, Roman Road, Mountnessing
(B1002) CM15 0TZ
Bury St Edmunds Bus Stn Bury St Edmunds, Bus Station, Stand 9
Capel St Mary (South) Capel St Mary National Express Stop Southbound
Setdown Point: Capel St Mary White Horse Pub
Chelmsford Services Chelmsford Springfield Services
Lorry Park (Off A12)
Claydon Crown Claydon Crown Public House Lay By
Colchester North Rail Stn Colchester North Rail Station
Combs Bus Shelter Combs Bus Shelter, Ipswich Road (Opp. Esso Garage)
Copdock - Tescos Copdock Mill, Tesco Superstore Front Exit Bus Stop
Crown Street Layby Ipswich Crown Street Layby
Debenham Angel Debenham Angel Public House
Diss Bus Station Diss Bus Station
Eye Town Hall Eye Town Hall
Felixstowe Coach Park Felixstowe Coach Park, Garrison Lane, Felixstowe,
IP11 7SJ
Felixstowe Gt Eastern Sq Felixstowe Great Eastern Square
Kelvedon - The Tavern Kelvedon The Tavern, High Street/Station Road
Long Stratton Long Stratton Police Station
Mendlesham Kings Head Mendlesham, Kings Head Public House,
Mendlesham, Denters Hill Mendlesham, Denters Hill
Needham Market - Swan Needham Market, Swan Public House,
Norwich - Castle Meadow Norwich, Castle Meadow,(Outside Galloway Office)
Redenhall/Station Road Junction of Redenhall Road/Station Road Harleston
(Old Duke William PH) IP20 0LB
Scole - Scole Engineering Outside Scole Engineering Garage, Scole
Sproughton Sproughton, Wild Man Public House
Stowmarket Railway Stn Stowmarket Railway Station
Stowupland Dents Corner Stowupland, Dents Corner,
Tollgate McDonalds Stanway, Mc Donalds Bus Stop, Tollgate, CO3 8RG
Witham Old Post Office Witham Old Post Bus Stop - Sorting Office
(NOT McColls Store)
Woolpit Church Woolpit Church

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