Walk with me
in the footsteps of the fallen
This is no dry and dusty battlefield tour. Prepare to fire up your imagination as you take a personal journey through the sights and emotions of the Battle of the Somme. Follow in the footsteps of the lads who bravely went before us 100 years ago, see the places they fought, discover their stories and how their experience is still relevant to us today.
David Thomson, historian, owner of No.fifty6 B&B will stir your imagination as you walk in the footsteps of the fallen across the fields now so peaceful. Both Julie and David will carry out any research required to illuminate your visit.
Standing where soldiers stood before you, David will paint the picture of life in 1916 and set the scene of the ferocious fighting that took place above and below ground.
You’ll witness the only remaining evidence of the horror when you visit the extraordinary Lochnagar Crater, the largest mine crater in the world and the trenches at Beaumont Hamel. You’ll hear individual stories as you wander the battlefields and the cemeteries. Look at the headstones, put yourself in the shoes of each person, and reflect on the events and young lives so cruelly extinguished in WW1. Those who have Walked with David say the experience has changed them, helped them reflect, and brought a new understanding of history and family sacrifice.
The “Walk With Me” Experience will be tailored to your timescale and interests or family connections. We have escorted all ages from 4 to 85 on a Walk With Me day. Please use the contact form on the right to tell us a little more about your visit so that we can prepare your experience in advance.
"Hello David and Julie,
Well I am now back in Australia after a fabulous 3 months in the UK and I wanted to thank you both for an amazing weekend at Number 56. It felt like a home, not just a B&B. You couldn’t have made us more welcome and we left feeling we had made new friends.
We loved the accommodation – again it felt like home. And the little extras, such as the plug adapter and weather report, were most welcome. Breakfast was yummy and the packed lunch, too! But the absolute highlight was the unique and wonderful tour of the Somme battlefields. The initial ‘briefing’ before we left, which helped to set the scene and the actual visit, which was just amazing and brilliantly researched. We can appreciate how much hard work goes into these tours and it is obvious that you both have a great love for your work and for the Somme.
Thank you , David, for bringing the tour to ‘life’ – you treated my two grandfathers with warmth and respect. Sadly we never met either of them but you gave us a real feeling of connection with them both. We had no idea what happened to William Fry. So It was very touching to see the actual field at Ginchy, where he had gone into the attack and where he most probably fell. It was a sobering and very touching experience. Likewise to actually visit High Wood, where Harry Ambrose was seriously injured. How ironic that it all happened on the same day and only a few miles apart. Although the weather was not ideal in one way, we actually liked the idea that the weather conditions were very similar to those on the actual day, the fog made it very atmospheric."