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"The Western Front Way is the realisation of a World War One soldier's dream. In 1915 Alexander Gillespie wrote a number of letters describing his vision of turning the "No Mans Land" into a path for peace; a route for people of all nations to travel together from Switzerland to the Channel. He was killed a few months later.

For the last few years we have been trying to deliver his wish on the ground in France and Belgium by establishing plaques and markers in towns, villages and tourist sites along a line of the Western Front. The charity can be found at www.thewesternfrontway.com. Our event, beginning at 1pm on April 19th, is a cycle ride to launch the Western Front Way. We will starting in the village of Pfetterhouse on the French-Swiss border and taking ten days to cover the 1000 km to Nieuwpoort on the Belgian coast. We will be visiting many famous places associated with World War one on the way - Verdun, Vimy Ridge, Theipval, etc. At least one of us will be doing this on a vintage bike. Anyone is welcome to join us for all or part of the trip but you must be self-supported. The details will be posted for our departure each day (start time and location) in due course.

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