The Remembrance Trail
- 92km long
- 8remembrance sites
- 200 thousand visitors a year
The Somme, a truly international site
The Somme was greatly affected by WWI fighting with the invasion in August 1914 and the "Race to the Sea" in September, the Battle of the Somme from July to November 1916 and the Battle of Picardy from March to September 1918.
Unlike the Franco-German duel in Verdun, it became a global war in 1916, involving three million soldiers of about 20 nationalities fighting on a front 45 kilometres long.
The Remembrance Circuit
from Albert to Péronne
The Remembrance Circuit is a blazed trail from Péronne to Albert. It follows the traces of the soldiers, featuring vestiges of fighting, cemeteries and memorials to commemorate WWI soldiers.
It is peppered with poppies, the flower symbolising sacrifice and remembrance of soldiers who perished in the war.
You can do the circuit by car, bike, on foot, aeroplane, alone or with a guide. There are all sorts of possibilities to explore and gain insight into this page of international history.
Seen from the air, the WW1 Somme Battlefields still have traces of what was supposed to be "the war to end all wars". A truly memorable experience !
Top 10 sites and places
Not to be missed
- The Thiepval Memorial and the Museum of Thiepval
- The Historial Museum of the Great War of Péronne
- The Somme 1916 Museum in Albert
- The Newfoundland Memorial at Beaumont-Hamel
- The Ulster Tower near Thiepval
- The Lochnagar Crater at La Boisselle
- The Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux and the Sir John Monash Centre
- The memorial sites of Pozières
- Delville Wood and the South African National Museum
- The 'Chapelle du Souvenir Français' of Rancourt
of the Upper Somme
Go back in time in the train that transported soldiers during the Great War and enjoy a ride along the banks of the River Somme aboard the Little Train of the Upper Somme, a trusty steam or diesel train.
This authentic steam train travels between Froissy and Dompierre on a railway line that was constructed in 1916 for the Battle of the Somme. It was used to supply the trenches with artillery during the war.
Each year, the Little Train organises two Steam Festivals : on Whitsunday and at the end of September.
The narrow-gauge railway museum has a fascinating display of 37 locomotives and some 100 wagons, including French, German and American steam trains, diesel shunters and various military or industrial wagons, mostly dating from the 1910s to the 1920s. Many of these locomotives were used to supply the trenches during the Great War.
The Little Train of the Upper Somme - +33 (0)3 22 83 11 89
Let's talk ToVéronique Bon
Director of the Tourist Information Office in the land of poppies
on the Remembrance Trail
- Haute Somme Tourist Office
- Tourist Office of the Poppy Country
- Val de Somme Tourist Office
with a Battlefield Guide
Museums, tourist offices and private English-speaking guides (some of whom are British expats who have chosen to live in the Somme) provide guided tours of the Remembrance Trail for groups and individuals. Day tours, half day tours and bespoke tours available...
- Explore the Somme Battlefields with a guide of the 'Somme Battlefields' Partner'. These members all comply with the legal obligations in regard to tour guiding.
- Before traveling to the Somme, do not forget to take a look at our specific WW1 Battlefields guide : digital version.
- Visiting Meuse, Aisne, Somme and Pas-de-Calais – four diverse, fascinating and very welcoming départements in France’s northeast.
on foot or on bicycle
- Discover the Remembrance Trail by foot with walks and hiking trails in the Haute-Somme and the Poppy Country.
- The "Around the Thiepval Memorial" Trail. Highly recommended for those who want to see the surroundings of Thiepval.
- The "Circuit du Caribou" Trail near the Newfoundland Memorial at Beaumont-Hamel.
- Thanks to the guidebook « On the Trail of the Great War in Picardy », visit the Remembrance Trail by foot. 48 walking paths to discover.
- Visit the Somme Battlefields on bicycle with a guide or on your own.
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