Tour Dates: 29 July/2 August 2017

Price Per Person: £750:00 (£120:00 Single Supplement)  

Hotel Accommodation: (Bed and Breakfast basis)
3* Park Hotel Izegem   

Ypres Salient Centenary Strolls 2017

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Saturday 29 July 2017
Pick up from Ebbsfleet International Rail Terminal and Dover Eastern Docks for our journey across to France via Dover - Calais ferry. Once on the continent we make our way towards Belgium, stopping at Lijssenthoek Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery, the second largest in the world. Here we set the scene on the formation of the Ypres salient in 1914 through to 1917 and the strategic importance of the region. From here we make travel on to our accommodation in the Park Hotel, Izegem

Day 2 - Sunday 30 July 2017

Transport Farm to Sanctuary Wood  - Starting at Transport Farm CWGC, a major dressing station during 3rd Ypres we walk alongside Zillebeke Lake, home to numerous artillery batteries during the period. We the climb Observatory Ridge and continue into Maple Copse in the shadow of Hill 62. From here we climb onto Hill 62 and across the ground assaulted by the Germans during the battle for Mount Sorrel a year earlier. After studying the Canadian defence and counter attack of this sector, we continue through Sanctuary Wood to the cemetery where the fallen from all four years of fighting are buried.

Hellfire Corner to Hooge - Commencing our walk Hellfire Corner we walk to Perth China Wall Cemetery and then across to Burr Crossroads, crossing over the Menin Road, we continue to Railway Wood, charting the old 1917 startline before visiting Hooge Cemetery and ending at the Kings Royal Rifle Corps Memorial positioned on newly captured ground. 

Day 3 - Monday 31 July 2017


Today will remain flexible to incorporate official centenary events including the unveiling of a new memorial to the Hertfordshire Regiment at St Julian. 

With that location in mind we will be walking Potijze to Pond Farm - Starting at the French Cemetery, we then continue onto Aeroplane Cemetery before crossing the Frezenburg Ridge towards St Julien, passing a forgotten memorial to the Second Lieutenant Henry Anthony-Birrell of the Monmouthshire Regiment. We visit the intimate Bridge House Cemetery and end at a private museum at Pond Farm.

Evening attendance at the Menin Gate and free time in Ypres will end our day.  

 

Day 4 - Tuesday 1 August 2017

Clapham Junction to Polygon Wood - Starting at the memorial to the 18th Eastern Division we walk past Cryer Farm, a German bunker that became an aid post for the 56th London Division on 1917. We continue around the wood Nonne Boschen and follow in the footsteps of Clement Robertson awarded a VC for the Tank Corps as they advanced towards Polygon Wood. We enter the wood at Black Watch Corner as the Australians did so successfully in September 1917 ending at the Buttes and with views onto the Passchendaele Ridge.  
 
Gravenstafel Ridge to Passchendaele - Starting at the New Zealand Memorial on the Gravenstafel Ridge at Kansas Crossroads, we walk to Dochy Farm before ascending the Passchendaele Ridge where we follow the railway line that traces the advance of October 1917 to Tyne Cot Cemetery, we then continue in the footsteps of the Canadian advance up in to Passchendaele ending the day in the village and the impressive 66 Division Memorial stain glass window in the church. 

Day 5 - Wednesday 2 August 2017

Our final morning in the salient provides an opportunity to enjoy the city of Ypres itself, with plenty of free time factored in and the chance to make personal cemetery visits. Leaving the city we head back to the coast for our return Calais - Dover Ferry.