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Itinerary and training

Find out more about our jam-packed itinerary during your Normandy Beaches Trek.

You can also Normandy Beaches Itinerary PDF for further details. 

 

Day 1: London - Calais - Caen

We'll travel from Calais to Caen ready to start our challenge. Shortly before arriving at our destination, we'll make a stop at Merville Gun Battery where our historian will set the scene for the next four days. 

Day 2: Caen - Grandcamp Maisy - Normandy American Cemetery - Caen (12.5 miles)

We'll head to our trek starting point at the Maisy Battery via La Cambe German War Cemetery. From here our route takes us northeast to the coast and on to Pointe Du Hoc, the site where U.S. Army Rangers scaled the 100-foot coastal cliffs and seized the German artillery pieces to prevent them from firing at  troops on to the beaches of Omaha and Utah. We walk the length of Omaha beach to the Normandy American Cemetery before returning to Caen. 

Day 3: Caen - Normandy American Cemetery - Arromanches – Caen (12.5 miles)

The day will start with a flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremony at Normandy American Cemetery, before continuing east along the Normandy Beaches. Today's route will take us through Port-en-Bessin before finishing at Arromanches, the site of a Mulberry Harbour erected by the British to facilitate rapid offloading of cargo. 

Day 4: Caen - Arromanches - Courseulles-sur-Mer - Caen (12 miles)

Starting from Arromanches, we'll head inland through fields to the village of Crepon before making our way to the battery at Sainte-Croix-les-Delles and onto Saint-Croix-sur-Mer, the site of the B3 Advanced Landing Ground. After lunch we'll turn north and follow the coast along Juno Beach to the Canadian Museum in Courseulles-sur-Mer before returning to Caen.

Day 5: Caen - Juno - Ranville War Cemetery - Caen (14 miles)

Our final day will start from the Canadian Memorial before walking the lengths of Juno Beach and Sword Beach. We'll then head inland to the Hillman Fortress, a German bunker named Hill 61 by the British and taken by the Suffolk Regiment. The final section of our trek takes us across Pegasus Bridge, made famous by the 1962 film The Longest Day, before finishing in the Ranville War Cemetery. The cemetery contains 2,236 Commonwealth burials and makes a poignant end to our challenging trek.

Day 6: Caen - Calais - London

We'll have early start for our drive back to London. 

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Taking the right equipment for your challenge is very important. The weather can be unpredictable so you should be prepared for all conditions by bringing good quality kit to keep you warm or cool as appropriate, and dry. 

Essential kit and clothing you'll need on trek includes:

  • Walking boots and socks
  • Wicking base layers
  • Insulating mid-layer
  • Fleece or thick jumper
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket
  • Waterproof over-trousers
  • Wide-brimmed hat or cap
  • Small day-sack
  • Water bottles or a hydration bladder
  • Sunglasses

A small, personal first aid kit is also really helpful and should be carried with you in your day-pack each day. Your first aid kit should include:

  • Regular medication
  • Sun block (minimum 30 SPF)
  • Painkillers
  • Insect repellent
  • Anti-histamines
  • Plasters and blister dressing
  • Rehydration sachets

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