Walking tours

If you fancy something a little different, perhaps consider a walking tour. This can be done either on its own or combined with a regular tour conducted in a vehicle.

Certain environments are better understood when explored on foot. Along with the regular tours listed below, I'll try and cater to any specific requests as best I can.

All walking tours are between 10 and 15km (roughly 6 to 10 miles) and last for approximately three hours. Being English and therefore naturally waterproof, I'll run these tours whatever the weather.

 

Please note, the bocage tours only run between the beginning of May and mid-September. To really try get the sense of things as they were, it's easier and better to see nature in the same season. The bocage looks vastly different in winter. Also, between the end of September and the end of February is hunting season. Despite precautions, accidents happen and I am in no hurry to get myself nor anyone else shot.

Bocage -Panzer-Lehr-Division stopped in its tracks

One of the most misunderstood aspects of the environment in Normandy, the bocage -or "hedgerow country" as it's commonly referred to, is both beautiful and fascinating to explore.

On this tour we examine the German attack towards St-Jean-de-Daye on the 11th of July, 1944.

Newly arrived on the American front, having faced British units since shortly after D-Day, this well-equipped German division found it tough going around the village of Le-Dezert.

Bocage -The push for St-Lô

Landing on Omaha Beach on D-Day, the 29th Division, soon pushed south towards the key town of St-Lô.

Stubborn German resistance coupled with an unhelpful environment caused things to stall, then bog down, before the final and successful attack on the town in mid-July. 

We'll look at several actions and get a sense of the problems faced by all the combatants in the area.

Naturally, if you're up to it, this tour would work well combined with the St-Lô tour.

St-Lô

A town synonymous with the American experience in the Battle of Normandy and knowwn locally a "the Capital of Ruins", St-Lô suffered widespread devastation during the summer of 1944. We'll look at the liberation of the town, the cost both to soldiers and civilians and visit some of the most poignant places in Normandy.

More to come......