Hotel: Hotel Grand Anzac Canakkale, (B & B & lunches included)
Yorkshire Branch WFA Gallipoli Walking Tour
Gallipoli Walking Tour
For 2020 the branch will be returing to the Gallipoli Peninsular, led by Clive Harris the tour offer a series of walks covering the highlights of the campaign, conducted at a relaxed pace and with scope to visit spots not offered on other tour itineraries. We feel this tour offers the most comprehensive tour available to the Peninsular, as part of a like minded intimate group to reach seldom visited spots via mule tracks, dried up gullies and quiet beaches.
*This is a walking tour but the distances are not excessive, our average day involves around 6/7 miles over undulating ground but at a pace to suite the needs of the group, if you have any concerns please feel free to give us a call*
Grand Anzac, Canakkale. A charming boutique hotel with well equipped rooms with A/C, TV en-suite bathrooms and a tranquil private garden and bar facilities. Bed and Breakfast basis, with packed lunches or cafe lunches included. *Evening meals not included
Scheduled flights from Manchester
Day 1 – Wednesday 13 May 2020
Scheduled flights from Manchester to Istanbul. (Clive will meet thegroup on their arrival) Transfer to Gallipoli by coach to the Hotel Grand Anzac in Canakkale.
This is a 5 hour transfer on a fully air-conditioned coach. We will stop off for a short snack/toilet break halfway through the journey. All our transfer coaches have Wifi and complimentary bottled water on board
Day 2 - Thursday 14 May 2020
Morning - Starting at W Beach, Cape Helles. We see the cemeteries of Lancashire Landing and V Beach. Crossing the fields around Hunter-Weston Hill we arrive at the magnificent Helles memorial to the missing. We then visit Sedd el Bahr where the substantial Turkish defences awaited the men assaulting from the famous River Clyde
Lunch taken at a local café
Afternoon – After visiting to the isolated grave of Lt Colonel Doughty-Wylie VC we walk goes “up the line” along the weather-beaten Gully Ravine to Pink Farm allowing us to visit spots that once housed over-burdened Field Ambulances and countless billets in its shelter, alongside wells sunk by the Engineers to quench the parched thirst of the troops.
Day 3 - Friday 15 May 2020
Morning – A boat trip around the Anzac Cove is undertaken before we land and walk from the stunning Beach Cemetery to the high ground of Lone Pine. Here the AIF stormed ashore and scrambled past the “Sphinx” to breach the Turkish lines. After an optional climb to Plugges Plateau we ascend Boltons Ridge via Shell Green, where the briefest of cricket matches was played under fire ending at the Lone Pine Memorial with its breath-taking views over the Aegean.
Packed Lunch will be taken near Lone Pine
Afternoon - Clinging to the cliffs above the beaches, we chart the frontline held by Anzac troops. Intimate burial spots at Parade Ground Cemetery and Johnston’s Jolly join preserved trenches and memorials named after courageous and colourful Australian characters. We finish at the tragic site of the attack by the Australian Light Horse on The Nek.
Day 4 Saturday 16 May 2020
Morning - A beautiful walk in the remote area of North Anzac. Leaving Embarkation Cemetery, we follow the path of Monash’s brigade through the notorious Taylor’s Gap and into Agyhl Dere. From there we ascend onto Damakjelik Spur, passing Australia Valley, before ending the day studying the actions of Hill 60.
Lunch will be taken in a local café
Afternoon - The most spectacular of any battlefield walks from the heights of Chunuk Bair to the beaches below. Focusing on Kiwi forces and New Army troops we follow their battle along the Rhododendron Ridge. This walk is on steep, mountainous terrain along a winding trail and is not for the faint hearted but enormously rewarding. We end the day with an optional dip in the Aegean Sea so don’t forget your trunks.
Day 5 - Sunday 17 May 2020
Morning – Starting at Nibrunesi Points we follow the initial landings of the new Army Troops as they assaulted up Lala Baba and approached the Salt Lakes and beyond. We then explore Scimitar Hill and Green Hill as we look at the last great attack of the Gallipoli Campaign.
Packed Lunch at Green Hill Cemetery
After a stop at Chocolate and Green Hills, we spend the afternoon looking at the ill-fated Suvla landings in August 1915. Our walk begins on the beach before passing Hill 10 and following in the footsteps of the 5th Norfolk’s and uncover the true story behind the vanishing battalion.
Day 6 - Monday 18 May 2020
Return to Manchester via Istanbul..