Walking The Ypres Salient

  • 5 Day Tour
  • 4 Sights Visited

Day 1

Local departure by coach, then to Ypres for a four-night stay.

Day 2 - The Hills of Flanders – The Bluff

Walk 1: We start in the village of Locre, looking at the subject of soldiers ‘Shot At Dawn’, then walk out to the site of Locre Hospice. From here, we look at operations around Kemmel Hill in April 1918, climbing our way to the top of the hill, seeing the French cemetery, and crossing down into the village. Walk 2: We begin in the village of Voormezeele, and see the grave of George Llewllyn Davies, immortalised in Peter Pan, then follow a route to the Ypres-Comines canal, and towards the Bluff. Along the way we see bunkers, battlescarred remains of the canal and battlefield cemeteries.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Ypres

Day 3 - Messines Ridge – Behind The Lines

Walk 3: From the village of ‘Whitesheet’ in the centre of the Messines Ridge, we walk out to the eastern side of the ridge and follow the site of fighting, seeing several small battlefield cemeteries and a British bunker. In Messines we look at the fighting of 1914 and capture of the village in June 1917. Walk 4: We move away from the battlefield and look at the work of Casualty Clearing Stations at Brandhoek, seeing the grave of Captain Noel Chavasse V.C. & Bar, and his memorial, before going to Hagle Dump.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Day 4 - Broodseinde Ridge – Visit to Nieuport

Walk 5: Our final walk starts at The Passchendaele Memorial Museum. From here we walk from the grounds of the Zonnebeke Château, through the village and follow the old railway line up onto the Broodseinde Ridge, then across to Tyne Cot Cemetery and take time to see the new Visitors’ Centre. In the afternoon, either enjoy free time in Ypres, or join an optional visit to Nieuport, where the Western Front petered out on the beaches of north Belgium.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Ypres

Day 5

Return home.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Prices are per person, based on two sharing.

Extras: optional excursions; entrance fees to museums and places of interest; single room supplement £119; travel insurance from £35.50. 



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Passengers travelling by Eurostar in standard class seats must be able to walk 200 yards (183 metres) unaided. Please note; only collapsible wheelchairs are permitted on board standard class Eurostar coaches, as these must be stored in the luggage storage areas. Any passengers who are wheelchair reliant are required to be allocated in the 'Standard Premier' coaches where wheelchair user spaces are located. As these spaces are limited to 1 per train you must advise us immediately if you require them in order that we can reserve with Eurostar.

Excursions on our tours visit places of interest and public buildings. These may not be able to accommodate people with walking difficulties and wheelchair access may not be available. Excursions which include sightseeing tours may involve walking long distances and sometimes over cobbled or uneven surfaces.

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