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The challenge

  • Mark the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One
  • Cover 100kms over 3 days of trekking through France and in to Belgium
  • Experience the trenches and battle fields of the Western Front
  • Represent your Regiment
  • Complete the challenge at the Menin Gate in Ypres

This unique challenge marks the 100th anniversary of the first Battle of Ypres, one of the most strategically important series of battles in the First World War, and one which claimed the lives of over 270 000 men.

Exclusively organised on behalf of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, and supported by Ancestry.co.uk, we are aiming to recruit one descendant from each of the 220 regiments that existed at the outbreak of WW1, and organise a historic challenge that will follow the western front of the Great War. You will be walking approximately 100kms in commemoration of this 100 year anniversary.

The challenge begins near Albert in Northern France. Beginning in the Somme we trek north through the symbolic poppy fields along the route, stopping at the many WWI memorial sites that you will see on the way.

Over 8.5 million people across the world died in the First World War, which is an incredible figure, and sometimes difficult to comprehend. Only by seeing the memorials will you be able to really grasp the sheer scope of this war, as the sites commemorate not only French, English and German soldiers, but also the many nations from the Commonwealth, Russia, the US and the rest of Europe who fought alongside each other.

You will pass through many famous battle sites such as Thiepval, Vimy, the German Cemetery at Neuiville Saint Vaast, and Notre-Dame de Lorette, which is the largest French Memorial.

The challenge ends with a moving visit to Ypres and the ceremony of the last-post, on the 18th October 2014, exactly 100 years on from the start of the Battle of Ypres.

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We hold an Air Travel Organiser's Licence granted by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 6546. Many of the flight-inclusive challenges on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. But ATOL protection does not apply to all holiday and travel services listed on this website. This ATOL protection only covers challenges that include flights booked by Charity Challenge and that originate in the UK. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. If you do not receive an ATOL Certificate then the booking will not be ATOL protected. If you do receive an ATOL Certificate but all the parts of your trip are not listed on it, those parts will not be ATOL protected. Please see our booking conditions for information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLcertificate

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