The Western Frontway

The Western Front Way

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

Help us to make this vision a reality: join our £5 a metre campaign now. Every metre of our new walking route represents 23 lives lost in the First World War. Together we can create a living memorial to be enjoyed for the next 100 years by generations to come.

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.

 

Support the building of Western Front Way walking route and join our £5 a metre campaign

For just £5 (or €5) you can cover the cost of a metre of our 1000km long new walking route from Vosges to the sea. Your donation will help us identify the final route, place waymarkers and produce apps and guides so everyone can enjoy this extraordinary path forever at no cost.

Please donate £5 or more if you can here:

Help us build the path

If you gift aid your donation, then WFW gets an extra 20%.

We would love to hear from you if you want to make a larger donation – £125 covers the cost of producing a Way Marker for the route (we need 2000) £1000 covers an information board which mark the beginning of each of our proposed 65 stages and £5000 covers route mapping for a whole section of walk. Donors receive thanks on the WFW and acknowledgement on the information boards.

Any donation of any size is very welcome and thank you for your support.

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

Partners 2018

We are very grateful to all our partners and supporters who have helped us get this far, without their support and encouragement we would not be able to continue.

Become a Partner

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.

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