Travelled : 38 kilometres from Doullens to Pozieres, the Somme Valley.
Visited : Various memorial sites around Pozieres.
Stayed : Claude’s Farm, free for 2 nights.
It’s only a relatively short drive to Pozieres this morning. We have already serviced the Hymer and filled with diesel at the Super U before we roll out of Doullens. Diesel is much cheaper in the service stations attached to the supermarkets in both France and England, so we normally have our eyes out for cheap diesel. Mind you they are not really service stations, just filling points that accept credit card.
We have tickets for the Western Front Centenary at Pozieres on the 23rd July. Given Pozieres is a tiny village and no campsite is available, we decide to be a day early and see what we can organise.
This morning drive is into Somme Valley and its easy to understand why the Somme has been fought over for centuries. It’s gentle rolling countryside is rich farming country and being summer, cropping and harvesting is happening everywhere. We find a spot to park and go for a walk up toward the 1st Division Memorial and find a large marquee with lots of Australian Flags. Long story short, Barry the President of the Pozieres Remembrance Society introduces us to Bernard, the Mayor who inturn introduces us to Claude. We find ourselves comfortably parked in front of Claude’s barn.
Well the true purpose of our visit to Pozieres complete, we visited a few other special spots nearby before heading north.