Day 1 - Sunday 5 August 2018
Picking up at Ebbsfleet International Rail Station and Dover Eastern Docks we take the Dover-Calais Ferry to France. On arrival we make our way to Amiens via a stop at Etaples Military Cemetery
Day 2 - Monday 6 August 2018
- Le Hamel to the Somme-This walk allows us to first see the extent of the German Spring Offensives and “the backs to the wall” defence at Villers Bretonneux. We then look at the successful set piece “All Arms” attack on Le Hamel on 4th July which set the blueprint for Amiens in August. The walk will then push on through the start lines of the Australian 3rd Division flank and down to the Somme where the troops linked hands with British troops across the River Somme. We end at the Wilfred Owen memorial. He was evacuated on a Hospital Barge from here in 1917. 5.5KM
-Sailly to Chipilly spur. Beginning with the Cockneys of 58th (London) Division at Sailly we follow their advance hugging the river providing vital flank protection for the Australian Corps. We then circle Mallard Wood and Bois Cellestines before entering Chipilly and stopping at the famous “Good bye Ole’ man” memorial of a Soldier cradling his dying Horse. We end with stunning views from the vital Chipilly spur and the cemetery on its heights.
Day 3 - Tuesday 7 August 2018
Hangard Wood to Demuin. Our first of two walks today looks at the Canadians efforts at Amiens and takes us from the now beautiful and peaceful Hangard Wood via Strip Copse and the Amien Vallee to Demuin British Cemetery. Covering the assault by both 1st Canadian and 3rd Canadian Divisions this walk includes a lot of rarely seen Somme Battlefield.
- Caix to Le Quesnel Continuing the advance of the CEF this walk begins in Caix, with its three different National cemeteries and takes us across the open ground towards Le Quesnel. Stopping at Manitoba Cemetery, this ground was captured by the 4th Division and is now home to one of the Canadian National Memorials. 6.8KM
We also today take time to stop at the Independent Canadian Cavalry Brigade memorial at Rifle Wood near Mezieres. This mounted Brigade operated in August 1918 on the right flank linking with the French 31 Corps.
Day 4 - Wednesday 8 August 2018
Today We plan to attend any official ceremonies that we can in the morning on the battlefields.
- The Capture of Mont St Quentin. Considered by many as the finest achievement of the AIF, this walk, which begins in the bend of the Somme river at Clery, allows us to look beyond August the 8th and see how subsequent Phases of the Amiens Battle shaped the approach to the subsequent “Breaking the Hindenburg line”. We ascend the Mont from the River Valley following the 17th and 19th Battalion AIF. We see the ground captured, lost in counter attack and finally captured on 1st September. Shell Holes, evocative sunken lanes and other scars of war make this an evocative end to our tour. 5.5KM
Day 5 -Thursday 9 August 2018
A morning at Leisure in Amiens and a visit to the Town Cemetery before heading to Calais and onward travel to the UK