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The Western Front Way is a new long-distance walking route from the French Alps in the South to the Belgian coast in the North. The Western Front Way offers walkers a special environment, a beautiful landscape shaped by compelling human stories.

The way traces the rough line of the Western Front. We invite you to walk from plaque to plaque (there are over 200 of them) visiting the key sites along the route. Thanks to the support from the Belgian tourist offices the whole path in Belgium will be marked with plaques and way-markers by November 2019. An outline of the Western Front Way route is available here.

Walkers walk for different reasons. By choosing the details of your own route you can personalise your adventure along the Western Front Way. To contribute to the WFW community of walkers, please do share your recommendations, routes and ideas on social media by using our hashtags #WFWRoute and share your reflections on walking with #WhyIWalk.

All the routes are free to download and share as widely as you would like. We invite all walking groups, charities, fundraising or other organisations to download and share our route. Ours is a free path for peace and this is just the beginning of the story – how you walk, with whom and for how long is the next chapter. Good luck!

Trustee News

On the 19th April Tom Heap, trustee and relation of Alexander Douglas Gillespie sets off on a 1920’s bicycle from south to north, tackling the 1000km to raise awareness, pay homage, and fundraise.


Please share your experiences with the hashtags #WFWRoute, #WhyIWalk and #TheWesternFrontWay
Listen to the podcast from Planet Pod – “Walking with The Ramblers and the WFW”


The Western Front Way is a small UK charity established to realise the idea of a young British soldier who was killed in action in 1915, at the battle of Loos during the First World War. We took that vision and with support and help in the UK, France and Belgium we have worked together to map and mark a new long-distance walking route. To discover more about our journey from a soldier’s letter home to the creation of this new route for peace read our story.

We couldn’t have done it without the help of countless individuals, organisations and donors. Click here to see those who have made this possible.

Thank you.

The Western Front Way welcomes all donations however small. Your generosity will help us to waymark the path in the coming months.

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