Walking the Ypres Salient

Bruges, Belgium: The Minnewater (or Lake of Love), a fairytale scene
Duration: 5 nights
Type: Rail Adventures
Walking Grade: 1 & 2
from £1,099pp

Explore a corner of Belgium that witnessed many of WWI’s fiercest battles. From our base in historical Ypres, the City of Peace, we’ll follow in the footsteps of those who fought in The Great War. With the help of a local guide, we’ll walk parts of the Ypres Salient and experience the poignant Last Post ceremony – a tribute to the fallen. We’ll also enjoy a guided tour of the medieval squares and canals of UNESCO-listed Bruges – one of Europe’s best-preserved cities.

What you’ll love

  • Walking the Ypres Salient 
  • Witnessing the Last Post ceremony in Ypres  
  • Learning about WWI with a local battlefields guide
  • Exploring Bruges, a UNESCO World Heritage Site 
  • Visiting the Hooge Crater Museum and In Flanders Fields Museum

What’s included

  • Return rail travel from London to Lille 
  • Fully escorted from London by an HF Holidays Tour Manager 
  • Expertise of a local guide for Battlefields visits 
  • Half-board accommodation  
  • Visit to the Ypres Salient and Battlefields sites as per itinerary
  • Entrance to In Flanders Fields Museum and Hooge Crater Museum 
  • Visit to Bruges with a guided tour 

Trip Notes

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All our carefully-curated itineraries are designed by our experts. While we make every effort to adhere to the described itinerary, we may take alternative routes or adapt the running order for weather and/or operational reasons.

Meet your HF Holidays Tour Manager and fellow travellers at London St Pancras International railway station. After check-in, baggage checks, and passport control, we’ll wait in the departure lounge for our Eurostar to Lille. Once we’ve made it to Lille, there’s a coach transfer to Ypres in Belgian Flanders.  

This afternoon we’ll have time to have a wander around Ypres and get our bearings before dinner.


Our day begins with a visit to the In Flanders Fields Museum (entrance included), located in Ypres’ magnificent Cloth Hall which was destroyed during World War I and meticulously rebuilt.

In the afternoon, we’ll meet our local guide and transfer to the southern Ypres Salient. We’ll walk following the front line, taking in the Bluff, Ravine Wood, Hill 60, and the Caterpillar Crater. We’ll walk to what was known as no-man’s land taking in the landscape clearly marked by war. After dinner, we’ll watch the poignant Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate.

Distance: 2.5 miles (4km)


This morning we’ll transfer with our guide to the northern Ypres Salient. We’ll follow a section of the old front line which remained virtually unchanged between 1915 and 1917. Here we’ll discover Klein Zwaanhof, Colne Cemetery, Caesar’s Nose, and the Yorkshire Trench and Deep Dug-Out, which contains an underground shelter which served as a headquarters for two battalions.

We’ll leave the Ypres Salient and continue by coach to Essex Farm, where John McCrae who wrote the poem In Flanders Fields is buried. We’ll then visit Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest commonwealth cemetery in the world in terms of burials and the German Langemark Cemetery. 

Distance: 1.5 miles (2.8km)


This morning we’ll transfer with our guide to the eastern Ypres Salient where we’ll discover two of the most important wartime heritage sites: the grounds of Hooge Chateau and Bellewaarde Ridge. We’ll firstly visit the Hooge Crater Museum, which contains reconstructions of a number of wartime scenes, together with a collection of artifacts, documents, and photos. Bellewaarde Ridge held a position of strategic importance due to the panoramic view it offered over Ypres and was the scene of heavy fighting. 

Once we return to Ypres you’ll have the afternoon to explore at your leisure. 

Distance: 2 miles (3.5km)


Today we’ll take the train to Bruges, a medieval gem. A guided walking tour will show us the highlights before you have free time to explore and sightsee some more. We’ll return to Ypres for our farewell dinner.


After breakfast, we’ll take the opportunity for a final stroll around Ypres before joining our coach late morning for the transfer to Lille. Here we’ll board the Eurostar for our journey back through Northern France to London.


Novotel Ypres Centre - Belgium

The Novotel Ypres Centre is superbly located in the historic old town, a short walk from the Menin Gate and other points of interest. All 128 rooms are contemporary in style, with air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities, Wi-Fi, and TV. There’s also a bar and a gym.

Essential information

It's best to be prepared for all weather conditions. To make it easier, here is a list of items you should consider packing.   

Essentials  

  • Walking boots 
  • Waterproof jacket 
  • Waterproof trousers 
  • Insulated jacket/top 
  • Walking clothing  
  • Walking socks (plus spares)  
  • Sunhat 
  • Gloves/mitts and warm hat
  • Water bottle (minimum 2 litre capacity)  
  • Headtorch 
  • High-factor sunscreen (minimum SPF 30)  
  • Sunglasses with a dark lens 
  • Rucksack (15-30 litres)  
  • Mobile phone 
  • Personal first aid kit (containing your medication, blister plasters, etc.) 
  • Passport 
  • Visa (if applicable) 
  • Copy of your travel insurance policy 
  • UK Global Health Insurance Card (formerly known as EHIC

Recommended

  • Collapsible walking poles 
  • Swimwear and travel towel
  • Snacks
  • Dry bags
  • Rubbish bags
  • Insect repellent

Optional extras

  • Camera 
  • Sit mat
  • Flask for hot drinks 
  • Durable lunch box
  • Gaiters 
  • GPS device 

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Non-member fee: £30 per person.

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Duration:
5 nights
Type:
Rail Adventures
Walking Grade:
1 & 2

5 nights from £1,099pp
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