Visiting Ypres and the Salient - Belgian Flanders
A year ago marked the centenary of the end of the fighting on the Western Front World War One Battlefields. This November the 11th is the first since the centenary passed. It will be interesting to see how much coverage there is in the media.
World War One Battlefields has been on the web since 2004. It provides an online guide to areas of the Western Front as they are today, along with historical information and photographs alongside modern photos of each area.
The site also provides practical information for those planning to visit the battlefields – see pages on Visiting the Somme and Visiting Ypres. There is information on how to best reach the battlefields and where to stay. For those with limited time, there is a page listing Five must-see Somme sites – useful if you have only one day to spend in the area.
There are many more pages on what to see in the two main areas of interest on the Western Front, Ypres/Flanders and the Somme. For Flanders, these include Tyne Cot, the Menin Gate in Ypres and Passchendaele, whilst in the Somme, there are pages on the Thiepval Memorial, the Newfoundland Memorial Park and Beaumont Hamel, among others.
The latest update is a page covering the three villages of Cuinchy, Cambrin and Vermelles, where the poet Robert Graves spent part of his war. Other recent additions are pages covering Lochnagar Crater and area, Guillemont on the Somme, Vimy Ridge, Essex Farm near Ypres, Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, the second-largest British Cemetery in Belgium and the preserved German trenches at Bayernwald.
There are some excellent guidebooks and other resources for visiting the battlefields. These are also listed on the relevant pages.
Sections covering the main battlefields of interest on the Western Front can be accessed via the links below: