Day 1 - 8 May 2020
Scheduled flights from London Heathrow to the newly opened Atarturk Airport Istanbul. Transfer to Gallipoli by coach to the Hotel.
*This is a 5 hour transfer, all our vehicles are air conditioned. There will be a snack/toilet break halfway through the journey. All coaches are also fitted with WiFi and carry complementary water.
Day 2 - 9 May 2020
Walk 1 - Kum Kale, seldom visited by visitors to Gallipoli, we will visit the initail French landing areas, their base camp and a number of Turkish battery positions, cemeteries and memorials on the Asian coastline.
Green Walk - 3/4KM - Across fields, along tracks, slight climb up to battery position, walk exposed to sun
Walk 2 - In the footsteps of Eric Robinson VC, Naval Raiding Parties at Kum Kale. We follow in the footsteps of Eric Gascoigne Robinson who led an audacious assault on the Turkish gun battery at Orkanieh (also known as Achilles' Tomb), a position between Kum Kale and Yeni Shehr on the southern shore of the Dardanelles. The position had resisted previous bombardment from the Royal Navy and a 'commando' style raid was suggested by Rioger Keyes, Robinson, an old colleague accepted the task without hesitation. We will see where the parties sheltered landing took place before they came under fire from Turkish sniper fire and end on the site of the battery itself where tangible evidence remains from the action 26 February 1915. On returning to Canakkale time to visit the towns impressive naval museum and the seldom visited CWGC Consular Cemetery will conclude the day.
Green Walk - 3/4KM - Along dirt tracks and crossing field boundaries, we encounter tall sharp grass and occasional descents & climbs, undulating ground through out.
Day 3 - 10 May 2020
Walk 3 - French Sector - Exploring Morto Bay; the 2/South Wales Borderers landing, the French Cemetery and rediscovering the old French battlefield cemeteries and memorials near Zimmerman’s Farm. We then walk up the line to find the formidable Bouchet, Haricot and Quadrilateral redoubts. In the afternoon we visit the Krithia sector, looking at the exploits of the 29th, 42nd (East Lancs), 52nd (Lowland) and RND from July 1915 to the evacuation.
Green/Amber Walk - 4/5KM - A gradual climb across some unmarked tracks and accessing remote forested areas not accessible to wheeled vehicles.
Walk 4 - The Krithia Sector- joining up Twelve Tree Copse, the Redoubt and Skew Bridge, our walk charts the front line from June through to the withdrawal. Exploring the Vineyard area we follow the locations held by the 29th, 42nd (East Lancs), 52nd (Lowland) and Royal Naval Division throughout the campaign.
Green/Amber Walk - 3/4KM - Fairly flat ground but does forge the krithia Nullah and the walk is frequently exposed to the sun.
Day 4 - 11 May 2020
Walk 5 - Anzac Sector - Shrapnel Valley to Russell’s Top Walk - This newly opened pathway, courtesy of the Gallipoli Site Directorate, enables us to walk from the Anzac rear areas up to firing lines. In the afternoon we explore the ground around Hill 60, West Ham Gully, Carisbrooke Castle, Upton Park & the Broadway.
Amber Walk - 3/4KM - Though a short walk, its a fairly continuous climb, it does involve walking along drops and crossing overgrown gullys and animal tracks.
Walk 6 - Hill 10 Walk, starting at the cemetery & memorial, this walk covers the perimetre of the Hill 10 sector providing us with a far greater understanding of the topography and nature of the fighting in this sector, locations named West Ham Gully, Carisbrooke Castle, Upton Park & the Broadway leave evidence of the 54th (East Anglian) Division troops that held this area through the autumn of 1915. Rarely visited much evidence of the campaign remains with trenchlines and sangers still very visible during the walk.
Amber Walk- 4/5KM whilst a steady decent from the Canuk Bair Ridge, it does involve the use of narrow goat tracks with steep drops on either side so pack a head for heights.
Day 5 - 12 May 2020
Walk 7 - Suvla Sector. From Scimitar Hill to W Hills we study the August Offensive by following the assaults by both the 29th & Mounted Divisions, as well as a close-up view of the Turkish positions on the W Hills. We then explore Kiretch Tepe Ridge visiting General Stopford’s HQ, Karakol Dagh, Jephson’s Post, The Pimple, Kidney Hill and the Gendarme Memorial. We end our tour with a very special visit to the excellent Suvla Winery.
Amber Walk - 3/4KM - Over undulating ground with climbs and descents, following animal tracks and exposed to sun throughout.
Walk 8 - Kiretch Tepe Ridge - A dramatic walk starting at the site of General Stopfords HQ at Suvla, we climb onto the ridge passing Kidney Hill, Jepsons Post and the Pimple before walking onto the Gendarme Memorial. The veiws from Kiretch Tepe are unrivalled and no true understanding of the campaign can be grasped without a thorough study of the Suvla Bay are. Something this strenuous but greatly rewarding walk provide.
Red Walk - Along goat tracks, contour lines and over open broken ground, some parts overgrown, this steady climb with drops either side.
We end our tour with a very special visit to the excellent Suvla Winery
Day 6 - 13 May 2020
Return to London via Istanbul.