Battlefields of Belgium
Belgium – WWI Battlefields
Bike & Hotel

Holiday 2005
Dates: 3 - 7 August 2020

Price:   £625
Tour Difficulty:
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Off Road Cycling:
Special Requirements:
Grade 1 / 2
35m
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Holiday overview

This is a fixed-centre tour based in Ypres, cycling around the battlefields and memorials of WW1, concentrating mainly on the Ypres Salient campaign, including Popperinge where the refuge Toc H (Talbot House), a welcome respite from the war where officers and lower ranks were treated equally, is located. The tour will visit the sites of Passendale, Tyne Cot, Hill 62, Essex farm where John Macrae wrote the famous poem Flanders Fields, Langmark German cemetery, Messines Ridge, Irish Peace Park, Kemmel, the site of the Christmas truce where a football game was played.

The historic town of Ypres in Belgium is famous for the battle that raged all around it in the 1914-18 war and the destruction it suffered. The town was completely restored to its original state, its magnificent Cloth Hall having been meticulously brought back in all its glory. The Menin Gate memorial, built by the British Government and unveiled on 24 July 1927, has nearly 55,000 names of missing men written on the walls. We will be visiting original trenches, left just as they were at the end of the war.

Electric Bikes and Tandems welcome.