Below are our overall walking and cycling maps and our more detailed stage maps.

These maps are a combination of groundwork, partnerships and local commune input. There are references to which IGN & NGI maps can be used as a companion when planning. It remains our intention to produce our own detailed map in time, but do bear with us as we coordinate, gain permissions and finalise the marking of the eventual route.

Belgium is marked and open for you. In France, the marking occurs in stages. Our plaques are up on town-halls, important sites and tourist offices. Do call in and ask them for advice and ideas.

The Western Front Way is a shared endeavour with our official partners, friends and fellow enthusiasts in France and Belgium but having a fully marked path will evolve over time. Our maps show you the communes you would pass through on foot or on bicycle, but the actual route you follow, and how you do it, is entirely up to you. All the routes are free to download and share as widely as you would like.  If you would like more information do drop us a line at

We can accept no responsibility for any loss or damage of any kind you may suffer from using the suggested route click here to view our full Terms & Conditions


An overview of the major centres The Western Way passes through on foot


An overview of the main stages of The Western Front Way passes through on bicycle.

Stage 1- Nieuwpoort to Albert 

The gateway at the sea down to the heart of the Somme.
Belgium is marked and open, begin or end your journey through Flanders.

Stage 2 – Albert to Compiègne

A long and winding route through some of the most beautiful landscape of France, right through the heart of Champagne country to the woods of Verdun.

Stage 3 – Compiègne to Verdun

Follow our route through Poppy Country, snake through small villages and medieval towns, towards Compiègne home of the Armistice carriage.

Stage 4 – Verdun to Pfetterhouse

The final phase where the woodland path offers a glimpse of ‘cathedral light’ and the sharp climb of the Alps lies in contrast to the calmer, rolling slopes of the vineyards of Alsace. The route ends at Pfetterhouse.


Detailed step by step map for both walkers and cyclists.
Provided by Westtoer and Ypres Tourism

For more information about maps please use these useful links NGI maps for Belgium & ING maps for France

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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