London to Ypres trek to mark the Centenary of the outbreak of the First World War

Date of Event: 17 September 2014
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The Royal Star & Garter Homes is organising a five day trek from London to Ypres Salient to mark the Centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

The charity was established in 1916 to provide care for severely injured men returning to Britain from the battlegrounds of the First World War. It now provides care for disabled ex-service men and women and their families.

The five day, four night trek aims to "provide a unique perspective as we walk between the prominent battle-sites of the Ypres Salient, often tracing the line of the Western Front itself".

The trek will begin on the 17th September 2014 and finish on the 21st September.

The Royal Star & Garter Homes describes the endeavour as "a poignant experience as well as a physical challenge".

Guide itinerary

Day one: Catch the Eurostar to Lille, then transfer the short distance to Ypres.

Day two: Head north out of Ypres on a walk alongside the Yser Canal, passing memorials en-route; return to Ypres.

Day three: Exploring sites of the Second Battle of Ypres, culminating in a visit to Passchendaele Museum, before transferring back to Ypres.

Day four: Transfer a few miles south to Kemmelberg and walk west towards Messines Ridge before returning to Ypres.

Day five: Transfer to Lille and back to London.

Further information

To find out more about the trek, you can download the itinerary here.

Source: the Royal Star & Garter Homes website

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