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 support us to create a new route for 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.

In partnership with our colleagues and neighbours in France, Belgium, Switzerland and Germany we are working to create a new walking path, way-marked and tree lined, running from Pfetterhouse on the Swiss Border, to Nieuport in the north, on the Belgian coast. This 725 km path for peace will take our new pilgrims past battle lines, memorials, museums and cemeteries, through gardens for peace currently under construction in Hauts-de-France, and through some of the most beautiful landscapes of France and Belgium

Once complete this will be the largest single commemorative project to mark the centenary of the First World War.

Our new ‘via sacra’ walking path offers young and old, casual walkers and serious hikers, a chance for commemoration, but is also a celebration of the success of Europe in maintaining peace for over 70 years since the end of WWII.

It offers walkers from all nations a place for reflection, enrichment and enjoyment.


About us

We are a UK initiated global project, working worldwide with governments, other charities, remembrance bodies, individuals, companies and communities. We are convening an international effort to deliver a new 'via sacra'.

Find out about our plans

The Walk 2018

In partnership with Belle France we are running an accompanied guided walk along part of the Western Front Way. The 2018 walk takes place from 17-27 July starting in Verdun and walking through the beautiful French and Belgian countryside via Champagne, Somme and Ypres to Nieuport on the coast.

Find out about
the route

Support us

To realise our vision we need your help. There are a number of sponsorship opportunities - media and communications; our team; delivering the pathway; merchandise and branding. To find out more email us on [email protected]
We welcome all donations however small.

How to get involved

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The most beautiful road
in all the world