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Walking Tour of the Somme

Walking Tour of the Somme

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 Tour itinerary

6 Days and 5 Nights

Day One
Depart Pick up points for Hull

Day Two
Lunch (Lunch on the Somme walking tours will be a packed lunch at the Blighty Tea Rooms)

Introduction to the Somme battlefields. Walking from Citadel cemetery we look at the lives of Siegfried Sassoon and Robert Graves, 2 of the wars great poets, on the Somme. We see 2 battlefield cemeteries at Point 110 where many of their friends are buried. The walk continues past Bois Francais one of the heaviest mining sectors on the Somme where we look at the use of the Livens Large Gallery Flame Thrower, which was subject to a C4 Time Team documentary (that Iain our Guide took part in). The walk finishes looking at the 1st July attack on Mametz village by the 7th Division.

Day Three
Walk from Hannescamps to Gommecourt Wood cemetery. We study the attack by the men of the 46th North Midland Division on the 1st July 1916. The 46th and 56th Divisions carried out the diversion attack for the main Somme offensive. The battle led to the dismissal of the 46th Divisions General.
Walk from Hebuterne to Serre Rd No: 1 cemetery. This afternoon walk focuses on the story of the Pals Division, the 31st Division, the pals ideal and the death of the pals on the 1st July 1916. We finish the walk next to the youngest soldier to be killed on the 1st July 1916.

Day Four
Walk from Lochnagar Crater to Contalmaison village. We start by looking at the underground war in the context of the Somme battlefields. Starting at the massive Lochnagar Crater the walk then focuses on the 34th Divisions attack on the village of La Boisselle and its subsequent capture a few days later by the men of the 19th Division. We see the 2 divisional memorials and then cross sausage valley and look at the capture of the village of Contalmaison and the awarding of a VC to an England International footballer. We will also see the memorial to the 16th Highland Light infantry in Contalmaison many of their men players and supporters of the Hearts of Midlothian Football team.
The afternoon of the Somme day will be spent visiting sites in connection to the battle that we would not normally see on a walking tour. This will include (where the situation permits) a visit to the Glory Hole at La Boisselle which is the focus of a major international archaeological project.

Day Five
Join us for a coach based tour of local battlefield sites or spend some time in Arras prior to departure to Zeebrugge.

Day Six
Depart Hull for drop off points

(Itinerary subject to change)