1917, Total War in Flanders

1917

Cycling

Pool of Peace, Heuvelland

Battle of Messines Ridge (43 km)

The “Battle of Messines Ridge" cycling route takes you to all the locations where the Allies detonated 19 deep mines on 7 June 1917 at 4:10 in the morning (Zero Hour). The gigantic explosions destroyed the German positions and left enormous craters in the landscape. In the fighting that followed, British, Irish, Australian and New Zealand units recapture the Wijtschate-Messines ridge.
Starting point: Heuvelland, Messines or Ypres - Order this route

Tyne Cot Cemetery - Zonnebeke

The Legacy (37 km)

Zonnebeke is the heart of the famous Ypres Salient from World War I. The Battle of Passchendaele in 1917, where hundreds of thousands of people were killed in only a few months’ time, still is an international symbol of gratuitous war violence. The Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917, situated in a beautiful castle park, is the ideal base for a tour to the ancient battle field.
Starting point: Zonnebeke - Order this route

Picture by F. Hurley - source: AWM (E01220). Five Australians, members of a field artillery brigade, passing along a duckboard track over mud and water among gaunt bare tree trunks in the Ypres Salient.

Ypres Salient (36 km)

The Ypres Salient was created at the end of October 1914. Both armies dug in and fought from a system of trenches and mineshafts. The 'Little Ypres Salient' remained virtually unchanged from May 1915 to August 1917. A half million soldiers of over 50 different nationalities died there.
Starting point: Ypres - Order this route

Pionier

Pioneer (38 km)

The 'Pioneer' cycling route takes you through the Front landscape and tells the story of German activity in the region in the time between the Second and Third Battle of Ypres. You will cycle past all kinds of relics of the war such as German bunkers, cemeteries and memorials.
Starting point: Zandvoorde (Zonnebeke) - Order this route

POP

POP (41 km)

The cycling route follows the tracks of the First World War behind the front. The first stop after hell, where soldiers washed off the mud and blood, healed their wounds or died from them. Poperinge, or POP as the British used to call it, was flooded with foreign troops for four long years.
Starting point: Poperinge - Order this route

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