Battlefield Britain - Short Breaks  

These short weekend breaks proved very popular when we launched our ‘Wartime London’ tour earlier this year. For convenience, we recommend a range of accommodation types that you can book and as walking tours, you simply meet us at the start of each day, we only use a Coach where necessary and the group sizes are usually no more than a dozen. Other options are also on the bench which include Civil War, and other Roman Britain ideas.

Defence of the Realm Weekend - Led by Clive Harris & Tony Scott - £250:00pp 

14 - 15 November 2020 
Tour includes: 
  • Pick up/drop off at Ebbsfleet & Dover 
  • Coach throughout
  • 2 x Battlefield Guides throughout
  • 3 X Historical walks and associated visits to sites
  • Entrance to museums/memorials   
  • *Not inclusive of overnight accommodation and meals
Often fleetingly glimpsed from the deck of a cross channel ferry, Dover offers a rich military heritage ideal to study through a series of walks and visits. Our weekend includes a walk around the town of Dover encompassing its many memorials & historic sites to tell the story of Dover at War, a walk along the eastern cliffs discovering the site of cross channel guns, Chain Home early warning system and the Dover Patrol Memorial. We also walk the western cliffs seeing sound ranging equipment and numerous pill boxes overlooking the channel. We finish with a visit to the Capel-Le-Ferne Battle of Britain Memorial, the historic Royal Military Canal and Shorncliffe Military Cemetery.
Saturday 14 November
Morning Pick-up from Ebbfleet and onward travel to Dover including a brief stop at West Malling to visit a flak tower to set the scene for the weekend. 
Walk One - Dover at War, a guided wander around the historic port city to visit sites of interest & memorials connected to discover Dovers miltary past and its wartime story  
After a short break for lunch we visit the site of Swingate Chain Home Radar Station and discover its story.  
Walk Two - East Headlands Walk, starting at the site of the cross channel guns, 'Pooh', 'Dummy Pooh' & Bruce' we continue to the Dover Patrol Memorial, visit the site of a nearby rocket battery before descending the cliff path to the beach passing obervation posts and anti defence measures before ending in the shore to discuss the Foogasse 'flame defence' system. A pleasant pub awaits us before our coach takes us back to Dover.
Clive and Tony will be heading out that evening for a beer or two and chat about history should anyone want to join or avoid them!  
Sunday 15 Novermber
Morning meet in central Dover before a sort drive to Abbots Cliff to start, 
Walk Three - West Headlands Walk, with spectacular views we stroll along the coastal path passing Shelters, Sound mirrors and battery locations as we discover these vital tools in Britains defences, we discuss the roll of the Observer Corps and discuss the Luftwaffe raids and sorties over the area. We then head to the nearby Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel-le-Ferne where we discuss the Battle of Britain, what it acheives and its cost. Continung onto Folkestone we vist a stretch of the Royal Military Canal and a Martello Tower to discover the defences in the area during the Napoleonic period before our final stop at the Shorncliffe Military Cemetery at Sandgatte.This fascinating CWGC plot includes 3 Victoria Cross recipients, a number of fascinating stories and the battle damage of 1939-45 war where it found itself in the frontline. After a leisurly visit we depart for Ebbsfleet and a final drop off late afternoon.  

 

Battle of Britain & Wartime London Weekend - Led by Clive Harris & Steve Hunnisett - £220:00pp

5 - 6 December 2020 
Tour includes: 
Pick up/drop off at Ebbsfleet & Dover 
Coach throughout
2 x Battlefield Guides throughout
3 X Historical walks and associated visits to sites
Entrance to museums/memorials   
*Not inclusive of overnight accommodation and meals
This new tour follows on from our popular City of London Wartime walks earlier this year burt focuses on key Battle of Britain sites and walks around Thamesside South East London. 
Saturday 5 December 
Meeting in central Greenwich we travel by coach to both the sites of RAF Kenley and Biggin Hill, here we visit the visitors centres, have a tour around the airfields and hear some of the stories from the Battle of Britain. After a full days exploration we head back to Greenwich where Clive and Steve will retire to a local hostalry to discuss the days events and share a few wartime memories 
Sunday 6 December    
Today we focus on the wartime bombing of London, meeting in central Greenwich we begin Walk One - Greenwich to Blackheath, following the River Thames, through the naval College and into Greenwich Park,we pass locations where bombs dropped and acts of bravery occured, we look pass the observatory and meridian line where Genral Wolfe's blitz damaged statue stands before emerging onto Blackheath. Here we see the site of aircraft crashes, V1 & V2 incidents and discover the fascinating Home Guard defence plans for the area before passing the site of Hollyhedge House thatwas destroyed in the war and the Airship raids of 1917 in the area, we end in Blackheath village where lunch can be taken. A short train journey away we head for Walk Two - Charlton to Woolwich from the Roman times to the Second World War this stretch of the thames has links to warfare, our walk, focussing on the Blitz will also take in a number of fascinating stories including the Silvertown Explosion of 1917 and even earlier when prisin ships were moored just off the shoreline in the 19th Century. We look at Londons civil defences before ending at the Woolwich Arsenal, key to the countries armanents manufacturing during both wars. Here the tour ends in the veyr pleasant Dial Square Pub where both Woolwich DLR and station are close by with a short trip back to Greenwich and onwards home.