What better way to see the Somme battlefields in Northern France than by walking them? On Walking the Somme we follow the line of the 1st July from Gomecourt to Serre, from Beaumont-Hamel to Thiepval, and at Fricourt, following in the footsteps of heroes and understanding the battlefield as it is today and how that relates to 1916.
We make our way to the port of departure and coach interchange where you will join your tour coach for the crossing to the continent. We continue to northern France and our hotel for a four-night stay.
Gommecourt & Serre
Walk 1: We start our walks on the battlefield at Gommecourt, the northernmost area of attack and the scene of a costly diversionary operation. We see the ground where the 46th (North Midland) Division lost heavily and walk down No Man's Land. We also venture into the area where the London battalions attacked close to Gommecourt Park. Walk 2: After lunch we look at the Pals battalions who took part in the assault on Serre. Here men from many northern towns and cities suffered crippling casualties and we walk the battlefield around the Sheffield Memorial Park seeing the battlefield cemeteries and memorials, and the remains of British trenches. We end the day at Serre Road No 1 cemetery and contrast the fighting at the beginning of the battle with the end in November 1916.
Redan Ridge & Thiepval
Walk 3: We begin today at Redan Ridge; an often overlooked part of the 1st July story but where more than 10% of the casualties that day suffered. We see the battlefield cemeteries on the ridge and walk down to the famous Sunken Lane at Beaumont Hamel where the 1st Lancashire Fusiliers made their advance. We see where Geoffrey Malins filmed the battle and then walk up onto the Hawthorn Ridge, discussing the mine explosion here on 1st July and seeing Hawthorn Ridge Cemetery.
Walk 4: After lunch we walk the battlefield at Thiepval. Starting in the village, we contrast the village of today with the one of 1914 - one of the biggest on the Somme. We walk across to the battlefield where the 36th (Ulster) Division fought and follow the tracks to where the Schwaben Redoubt was. We end in the nearby village of St. Pierre Divion and walk across to the river Ancre.
Norfolk and Fricourt New Military Cemeteries & Thiepval Somme Museum
Walk 5: Our final walk looks at the story of the regiments from Yorkshire which attacked here on 1st July 1916. Starting at Norfolk Cemetery, we examine the 'When The Barrage Lifts' toast given by men of 9th King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry and visit the grave of Yorkshire VC Loudoun-Shand. Walking out to the high ground above Fricourt, we see where the attacks went in and visit the evocative Fricourt New Military Cemetery where the graves of men from East and West Yorkshire lay side by side. We end in Fricourt village and look at the German story of 1st July, seeing the German cemetery here. In the afternoon, we visit the new Thiepval Somme Museum, spend time at the Thiepval Memorial and look at the fighting beyond 1st July with the story of the South African Brigade at Delville Wood.
We leave the hotel after breakfast and travel to the channel port. You will leave your tour coach behind as you join your transfer vehicle for your return journey to your original departure point.
At a Glance
4 nights hotel with continental breakfast
Specialist Battlefield Guide
Convenient local joining points
Travel by executive coach or upgrade to Silver Service
Included Excursions & Visits
Battlefield visits as described
Optional Excursions & Visits
Entrance fees to museums & places of interest (extra cost)
1 x packed lunch/museum package available whilst on tour approx. cost €25. This package comprises a packed lunch on day two and day three of the tour - which includes a baguette sandwich, packet of crisps and bottle of water - and entry to Thiepval Visitor Centre on day four. It also includes a 15 page booklet. Please note this is offered as a complete package only and must be paid in Euros (cash).
OPTIONAL EVENING MEAL PACKAGE AVAILABLE for £75 PER PERSON includes a 3-course meal at the hotel on days two and four (buffet starter and dessert and choice of main from pre-advised menu at breakfast each day) and one additional 3-course meal on day three: "Join us on a unique evening out on the Somme on day three where we attend a moving 'Sound and Light' show with extracts from WW1 accounts, music, and re-enactors in uniform - all combined with a typical WW1 meal from the trenches. This will take place in a covered area in the historic Bernafay Wood, the scene of heavy fighting in July 1916 and is organised by 'Digger Cote 160' a local remembrance group."
The local 'Sound and Light' show with meal on day three is subject to minimum numbers and favourable weather conditions and may be cancelled with short notice.
We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will
consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or
guardian aged over 18 years old.
You will stay for four nights at the 3-star Ibis Peronne Assevillers Hotel. The hotel has a restaurant and bar, the hotel is situated approximately 6 miles from the centre of Peronne in the heart of the Somme Battlefields area.
The Ibis Styles Péronne-Assevillers is located 6.2 miles (10 km) from the town of Péronne at the Assevillers rest area on the A1 highway and 3 miles (5 km) from the TGV train station. The hotels facilities include Wi-Fi/Internet access, a restaurant with terrace, a bar and snack and beverage machine. All bedrooms features flat-screen LCD T.V. with all major channels, en-suite bathroom and air conditioning.
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.
Why not go the night before your
holiday for a relaxing start? You can park for FREE
for up to nine days at the Holiday Inn Ashford
North and enjoy an overnight stay with English
breakfast from just £38 per person. This offer is
subject to availability and based on two sharing a
twin/double room on a B&B basis. 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
nine days you can pay for additional days’ parking.
Ask one of our friendly reservations team for
more details when you book your holiday.
Single supplements and terms and conditions apply.
On most holidays 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 holidays to Ireland and the U.K. and tours travelling via Brittany
Looking for your local joining point? Enter your post code below
You must have a space character in your postcode. E.G S60 2XR
Front row seats can be reserved for £14pp (up to 6 days duration), £22pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £25pp (9 days duration and over)
on all European tours. In addition to this seats on the second row can be reserved for £7pp (up to 6 days duration), £14pp (7 & 8 days duration)
and £15pp (9 days duration and over). This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to
availability. Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on feeder journeys to/from the U.K. port. Children under 15 years cannot
occupy a front row seat due to French Law.
Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.
If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.
Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.
Hot and cold drinks are served on the main tour coaches. Prices are approximately £1 or 1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by the driver.
Drinks may also be served on the transfer coaches but this is not guaranteed.
Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure and will depend on where passengers are booked to travel from on any particular
date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer
Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.
With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.
All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer coaches to and from the U.K. port may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are
used on transfers and tours (air or TGV holidays only) an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours,
compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
We operate a passenger interchange at the Channel port. Transfer coaches, including taxis, minibuses, Megabus and National
Express operate to and from the U.K. port. You will join your main tour coach at the port.