The tour will start at Ebbsfleet International Station offering superb convenient links from London rail hubs and in addition provides secure parking at a reasonable rate. Transport via an executive standard coach and return channel crossing are also included throughout. The tour is limited to 20 spaces to ensure quality and make this tour feel like a personal pilgrimage as opposed to a large coach group. Personal visits to relatives or people of interest to you are positively encouraged.
Sunday 8 April 2018
Departing from Ebbsfleet International around 100hrs we travel onwards to Dover for our ferry crossing to Calais. Upon arrival in France we travel down to Cambrai with a stop en-route at the Arras Memorial commemorating the missing men of Allenby's Third Army from the March retreat before proceeding onto our hotel in Cambrai
Monday 9 April 2018 - Fifth Army
Walk One - We start by following the South African Brigade in Gauche Wood before reaching Vaucelette Farm, Domino CWGC and following the old railway line into Epehy ending at Epehy Wood CWGC
Walk Two - We follow the 21st Division defence by 110 Brigade and the stand of the Leicesters in front of Epehy, we see their old command posts and defensive systems whilst visiting the remote cemeteries of Pigeon Ravine
Tuesday 10 April 2018- Third Army
Walk Three - Croiselles to Ecoust St Mein, starting at Croiselles Railway CWGC we walk across the Hogs Back where the 34th Division fought so fiercely 21 March 1918, we then take the railway cutting where the heavy guns of the 59th Division were located at the start of the battle, we end in the village of Ecoust st Mein and its small isolated cemeteries and far reaching views to Bullecourt.
Walk Four - Monchy le Preux, from Tank Cemetery we follow the defence lines of the 15th Scottish Division that mark the furthes limit of the German Advance on this front, walkthrough the village and pausing at a number of its memorials we end on Infantry Hill looking East to Cambrai
Wednesday 11 April 2018 Continuing the Retreat
Walk Five - Manchester Hill - returning to the Fifth Army Front we start our day in St Quentin before walking the perimeter of the Manchesters defence in this sector, a thorough study of Elstob's action that led to a posthumous VC is undertaken before driving onto to a break for lunch in Bapaume
Walk Six - We continue the retreat across the old Somme Battlefield to the Bouzincourt Ridge overlooking Albert, studying the defence of the 12 (Eastern) Division in this sector we end in the town of Albert and a final visit to the Pozieres Memorial to the Missing where the men of the Fifth Army are commemorated.
Thursday 12 April 2018
A final morning visit to the new visitors centre at Flesquieres including D51 Deborah in her new permenant home.