The War Walk - A Journey Along the Western Front

Life and death on the front lines of the Great War

  • Hear stories of generals, poets, and ordinary soldiers alike as we walk the hallowed ground
  • Walk the trench lines along the length of the Great War’s most important battlefields ­­­­­— each day includes up to 3 hours (5 to 6 miles) of walking
  • Visit the iconic battlefields of Ypres and the Somme

The 400-mile trench lines that snaked their way through Flanders and France in the First World War became open wounds along which Europe’s youth sacrificed themselves for the four long years that the conflict lasted. If war hero turned war poet Siegfried Sassoon is to be believed, then “here”, on the Western Front, was “the world’s worst wound”. As we approach the centenary of the 1918 Armistice, Historical Trips invites you to join Great War historian and our company’s co-founder Nigel Jones as he walks the most formerly active sectors of the front, detailed in his now classic debut book The War Walk: A Journey Along the Western Front.

Nigel, whose father served on the staff of Field Marshal Haig, and whose uncle was killed near Ypres in 1915 aged just 18, will lead a small group of walkers on a tour of the Western Front’s most active, and devastating sites. Among these, Ypres Salient, Passchendaele, Messines Ridge and Ploegsteert Wood; Arras, Vimy Ridge and the Somme. The walk concludes at Cambrai and Ors, where the British Army fought its last battle on 9th November 1918, an engagement which saw poet Wilfred Owen among the dead. At every step of this solemn and reflective journey, Nigel will offer his personal views on the war, as well as his historical knowledge informed by a lifetime of walking the hallowed ground along which we take our tour.

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Tour Manager
  3. Local Travel - Return coach London to Dover; return Club Class ferry to Calais
  4. Meals - All meals included with wine at lunch and dinner
  5. Hotels - 5 nights in 3/4* hotels in Ypres, Arras and Cambrai

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