Walk in the footsteps of Belgian and foreign soldiers.
Picardy Wallonia still bears the scars of the first two world wars. Comines-Warneton is the only Walloon town to have been occupied by German and allied forces during the First World War. Walk in the footsteps of our ancestors and walk through these places shaped by history.
Trail of remembrance: walk in the woods of Ploegsteert and the Hutte
Enjoy a guided tour organised by the tourist office of Comines-Warneton to discover Ploegsteert and Mont de la Hutte. Through commentaries and anecdotes on this region’s strategic position during the Great War, the guide will take you to the most important places spread over 5 km. This walk lasts between 2.30pm and 3.00pm. You’ll pass through the five main cemeteries as well as the Bois de la Hutte and the Gheer which served as firing lines during the First World War. You can also visit the British memorial, the Plugstreet 14-18 Experience interpretation centre, the catacombs, the craters left by mine explosions, the 1914 Christmas Truce site, the cottage and the plaque that pays tribute to Winston Churchill. For information, please call +32 56 55 56 00.
On the first Friday of each month at 7pm, the Last Post is sounded at the Ploegsteert Memorial. This bugle sounding (trumpet type) indicated the end of the day for the British. This recurring event is made in homage to fallen soldiers.
Memory race – November
Every year, hundreds of joggers run together on November 11 in memory of the First World War. This race crosses Ploegsteert and is a symbolic moment. Entertainment is organised around the event, including fanfare, a small train, bagpipes, and more.