The Battlefield Centenary Tour 2014 – Retreat from Mons – September 12th-20th. Britain’s largest rescue and rehoming horse charity, World Horse Welfare, has organised a bespoke tour to commemorate the centenary of the start of WW1 and the debt owed to horses.
The nine-day trip will be steeped in history, offering riders the chance to ride through Northern France and Belgium to visit many of the significant and poignant battlefield sites, cemeteries and museums of the First World War.
“We invite supporters to join us on our unique Battlefield Centenary Ride that will follow in the hoof prints of the brave horses and men of the Great War. Together we will remember the sacrifices made during this horrific four years by our soldiers and horses who fell in the many battles that ensued,” said Frances Plume who is organising the ride on behalf of the charity.
Riders will travel on the Eurostar to Brussels and will meet a military historian who will transport the riders back 100 years as he guides the party through the many sites that helped to change the face of history. The official tour begins in Mons, via Soignies. The party will then travel to Mauberge where they can try a special commemorative WW1 ale called ‘Souvient tol’ in a local brewery.
On the second day, after a one-day stopover in Mauberge, the real riding begins. From Mauberge to Le Cateau, the participants will visit the room and grave of English WW1 poet and soldier, Wilfred Owen, before staying the night at Le Cateau.
The team will travel on to Maretz and then Vermand, near Saint Quentin, to spend the night in gypsy caravans. The guided tour will continue through to Sancourt; Bussy; Saint Crepin aux bois, north of the Foret de Compeigne and Villers Cotterets, via Pierrefonds.
The battlefield ride commences on September 12th and ends on the 20th. For more details on how to get your place on this trip of a lifetime, please contact Frances Plume on 01953 497210 or email her at [email protected]
You can also sign up via World Horse Welfare’s website where you can download the brochure or register for the event: The Battlefield Centenary Tour 2014 – Retreat from Mons – September 12th-20th.
You can also sign up via World Horse Welfare’s website where you can download the brochure or register for the event: www.worldhorsewelfare.org/riding-events