War poet celebrated in French walking trail

Date Posted: 05/06/2013

School groups visiting Ors in northern France can now follow in the footsteps of the young British war poet Wilfred Owen on a new remembrance walk: the Walking in Wilfred Owen’s Footsteps Trail.

The trail marks the 120th anniversary of Wilfred Owen’s birth.

As a young Second Lieutenant during World War One, Owen’s poetry has brought the harsh realities of war to generations that have succeeded him.

The six-kilometre trail takes visitors from the Maison Forestière – or Forest House – where Wilfred and his men were sheltering, to the canal banks where he fell.

The Forest House was transformed in 2011 to become a work of art from Simon Patterson, dedicated to the fateful night when the men advanced on enemy lines; but the path also leads walkers through quiet woodland which encourages people to stop, reflect and meditate on a not so distant past.

Free audio guides available for the trail

Teachers leading school groups on the trail can use the free audio guides on offer, for a fuller understanding of the events leading up to Wilfred’s death and the night of the battle he died in in 1918.

The guides are available from the Cambrai Tourist Office and can also be downloaded in English onto smartphones here.

For further school trip information visit www.atout-france.fr.

School Travel Organiser's Guide