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“So much more than just a hole in the ground”
Review of Lochnagar Crater

Lochnagar Crater
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The Battle of the Somme Guided Day Tour from Arras
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: July 1st memorial Service 07.28. Arrive by 07.10, please leave bags etc in your car to aid entry, bag checks will be in place. No parking at Crater on morning of service. Service lasts approx 1 hour.
Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
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“So much more than just a hole in the ground”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

Perhaps its because we visited the site on a freezing cold and muddy March afternoon, but there is something extremely sombre about the Lochnagar crater

It is indeed a fenced off hole in the ground which you simply walk around but it is, crucially, a memorial to the dead of the somme

The hole was made when the allies blew up tonnes of explosive that they had tunneled under enemy lines signalling the start of the big push at the Somme. A brutal conflict that killed or maimed something like 1.2 million over 4 months

The thing that struck me as you walk around the circumference of the hole, which is something like 90 feet wide and 30 feet deep, is there is a cross marking the spot where a soldiers body was uncovered some 80 years after the war


Visited March 2013
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“A piece of history”
Reviewed April 8, 2013 via mobile

A small corner of France but one with a huge significance. When we visited we were the only ones there. The outside of the crater has a wooden path. Worth a visit if you are in the area.

Visited April 2013
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