School English Literature Trip to The Somme

Wilfred Owen's poems have served to bring the harsh realities of war to the generations that have succeeded him and his work has now been given a context with the creation of the Walking in Wilfred Owen’s Footsteps Trail. The 6km trail takes visitors from the Maison Forestière – or Forest House – where Wilfred and his men were sheltering, to the canal banks where he fell. Historic and military context will fascinate and challenge your students.

Specifications & Topics Supported
GCSE: Edexcel English Literature Unit 2: Understanding Poetry
AS/A2: AQA English Literature A Unit LTA1B World War One Literature
OCR Unit F661: Wilfred Owen

Day 1 Travel from UK

Arrive in Cambrai for the Wilfred Owen trail, visiting Forest House, the Sambre Canal and the cemetery at Ors where Owen is buried

Evening meal
Day 2

Visit Thiepval Memorial, Lochnagar Crater and Newfoundland Park

Return travel to UK  

This price includes:

  • 1 night's half-board accommodation
  • Return executive coach travel
  • Return Channel crossings
  • Experienced battlefields guide
  • Detailed information pack
  • Itinerary planning service
  • Free staff ratio 1:8
  • Comprehensive travel and medical insurance
  • VAT at current rates to tour operators
  • VAMOOS - our easy to use travel app
N.B. Activities listed in the itinerary are not neccessarily included in the price. Contact us for further information.

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Wilfred Owen Trail, Northern France

Wilfred Owen Trail, Northern France

Groups visiting northern France can now follow in the footsteps of the young British war poet Wilfred Owen on a remembrance walk. As a young Second Lieutenant during World War One, Owen’s poetry has brought the harsh realities of war to generations that have succeeded him. The six-kilometre trail takes visitors from the Maison Forestière – or Forest House – where Wil...

Somme 1916 Museum

Somme 1916 Museum

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Newfoundland Memorial Park, Beaumont-Hamel

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Lochnagar Crater

Lochnagar Crater

On the morning of the first day of the battle of the Somme, Welsh miners blew a huge mine under the German trenches here. The crater it left - an immense, permanent scar on the landscape - is still clearly visible today. The largest crater ever made by man is now a unique memorial to all those who suffered in the Great War. It is dedicated to peace, fellowship and reconciliation bet...

Thiepval Memorial to the Missing

Thiepval Memorial to the Missing

The slaughter on the Somme wiped out a generation, and continues to cast a shadow on Britain’s popular consciousness. This colossal brick structure records the names of 72,000 British soldiers whose bodies were never found.

Poppies d'Albert

Poppies d'Albert is a purpose built hotel, catering exclusively for school groups. It is located in the historic town of Albert, in the very heart of the battlefields of the Somme.

Students are accommodated in multi-bedded rooms all of which have an en-suite shower, toilet and washbasin. Breakfast is served at the hotel, and the evening meal in a local restaurant.

Each floor has a games room with a pool table and a drinks machine. There is also a staff lounge on each floor with computers, free internet access and a minibar. A room is available for group activities. Next to the hotel are a football pitch and a swimming pool, both of which can be used by the hotel's guests.

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