The Normandy Beaches Route
The full itinerary for the Normandy Beaches route is below.
The top three fundraisers will have the opportunity to be part of The Soldiers’ Charity Frontline Walk team to lay a wreath at Pegasus Bridge, on behalf of the charity and a fitting end to the Normandy Beaches Frontline Walk.
Please note this route is subject to change.
It was incredible. The highlight for me was walking across Pegasus bridge with the rest of the Frontline Walk family - Wesley Smith, 2019 participant
Day 1: London – Caen
Day 2: Sainte-Mère-Église – Utah Beach
Starting at Sainte-Mère-Église, the drop zone for American paratroopers over D-Day. After this the route joins the infamous Normandy coastline at Utah Beach – the westernmost beach involved in the Normandy Landings taken by the U.S. 4th Infantry Division.
Distance approx. 34km
Day 3: Saint Laurent Sur Mer – Omaha Beach – Bayeux
This day commences in the village of Saint Laurent sur Mer, at the grave of Major March-Phillipps, the founder of the precursor to the SAS. The route continues along Omaha Beach, stopping at the American Military Cemetery before finishing at Arromanches and the home of the Mulberry Harbour, an artificial harbour which was key to the invasion and allowed the landing of 2.5 million men, 500,000 vehicles, and 4 million tons of material.
Distance approx. 35km
Day 4: Gold Beach – Sword Beach – Pegasus Bridge
The final day of walking starts at the end of Gold Beach, at the landing point of 6thBattalion The Green Howards, and CSM Stan Hollis – the only VC recipient of D-Day. The walk then continues past Juno and Sword Beaches before finishing at the famed Pegasus Bridge.
Distance approx. 31km
Day 5: Caen – London
We leave France to drive back to London, aiming to arrive in late afternoon (traffic dependent).