The Western Frontway

The Western Front Way

A continuous permanent way marked path from the Swiss border in the South through France to the channel coast in the North.

We invite you to walk with us along our route of remembrance for those who lost their lives in the first world war and all those who have suffered through conflict around the globe

Begin the Journey

Our inspiration for the Western Front Way comes from a letter home from the front,
written in 1915
by a young 2nd Lt in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Alexander Douglas Gillespie.
So moved by the horrors of war that he witnessed, Gillespie wrote:

“when peace comes, our government might combine with the French government to make one long avenue between the lines from the Vosges to the sea….I would make a fine broad road in the ‘No Mans Land’ between the lines, with paths for pilgrims on foot and plant trees for shade and fruit trees, so that the soil should not altogether be waste…
we might make the most beautiful road in all the world.”

Walk with us to make that vision a reality.

Working in partnership with our colleagues and neighbours in France, Belgium, Switzerland and Germany we are seeking to build a long distance walking route, a tree lined path running the 725 kms from Pfetterhouse in the South to Nieuport in the North. Once complete this will be the largest single commemorative project to mark the centenary of the First World War.

While our path will be a place for reflection and a chance to remember all those who lost their lives in conflicts across the world, it is also about far more than that. We are creating a long distance walking route which will provide a place for everyone, for families, for young people, for older people from all nations who enjoy walking.


As the final year of the centenary to the First World War approaches, it is vital we create a living memorial to the past. The war affected millions of families across the world, families in France, Belgium, England, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, China and more.

Find out about our plans

The Walk 2018

Each year we will be running an accompanied guided walk along part of the Western Front Way. The 2018 walk takes place from 14-27 July and covers 13 stages taken from the whole route, including Verdun, Champagne, Somme and Ypres.

Find out about
the route

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To realise our vision we need your help – you can support the Western Front Way by making a donation or becoming a friend and supporter, or simply by spreading the word.

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The most beautiful road
in all the world