This July marks the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.
Huge commemorative events are taking place at Thiepval, the Ulster Tower, Beaumont Hamel and Serre, and accordingly so, security will be incredibly tight. In fact, locals are now referring to the zone in which the events are taking place as the 'ring of steel'.
Due to this, my advice to pilgrims wishing to make their way to the battlefields of the Somme, is to go either before the end of June or a few days after 1st July. This will allow you full and unrestricted access across the villages of the Somme region.
The Somme is a calm, still and strangely relaxing place. I don't think this will be the case on 1st July 2016, so do book your trip with me when we can explore together in the serene calmness of pre or post 1st July!