Belgium

This popular walking tour of Ypres includes a selection of walks looking at operations in Flanders through 1917.

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. Breakfast

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. Breakfast

Day 4 Pervyse & Nieuport
Today we move up towards the Flanders coast and our final walk takes us along the old railway line between the villages of Pervyse and Ramskapelle. Here two British nurses tended the Belgian wounded, but in 1917 British troops also fought on this front, and this walk straddles the sight of the old front line. After lunch we visit the new Yser Museum, and look at the Battle for the Dunes at Nieuport in July 1917, seeing the Nieuport Memorial. Breakfast

Day 5
Return home. Breakfast

Accommodation

You will stay for four nights at the 3-star Novotel Ypres Centrum located in the heart of Ypres.

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