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Review of Lochnagar Crater

Lochnagar Crater
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Owner description: A well preserved mine crater exploded 1 July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme. A wooden boardwalk allows you to walk the circumference, Display panels explain the story. Follow signs 'La Grande Mine' from La Boisselle. Car parking on road just before, no other facilities. Be aware sat-nav may try to direct down tracks best avoided !!
Southampton
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Worth stopping to take a look”
Reviewed February 16, 2014

The sheer size of this crater (about 90 m across) on the edge of a quiet field, serves to remind us of the horror of the events of 1st July 1916. There is very little to actually see, but you can walk around the perimeter and take a moment to think about what happened there. It must have been terrifying to be near such an explosion (which apparently had very little practical advantage to the Allies).

Visited February 2014
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“Jaw-dropping!”
Reviewed January 5, 2014

This is fairly easy to find and is clearly sign-posted La Grande Mine. Well worth a detour. Park by the side of the road as you approach the memorial cross. The size of the crater is jaw-dropping - and horrific too - considering that this was the result of human tunnellers and the detonation of 60,000lbs of explosive, all part of a grand plan to break the stalemate. It's worth remembering that this is a burial ground too. It really is a sobering experience. When we visited there were a couple of very large, rusting artillery shells by the side of the road - part of the "iron harvest" - awaiting collection by the bomb disposal teams.

Visited September 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Large Crater but would not travel far to see it.”
Reviewed January 2, 2014

It is interesting to see how large the crater is and wonder at the explosive event at the time and the poor men above it. However there is little else to see. So if you are very close stop for a 10min visit but I would not travel far to see it.

Visited December 2013
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Monmouthshire, United Kingdom
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“Moving”
Reviewed December 13, 2013

A place for contemplation and thought, part of the Somme tour that everyone should see. Privately owned and kept as a memorial to all those who lost their lives here, irrespective of the side they fought for.
Please treat it with respect.

Visited December 2013
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Dorset
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“Very good perspective”
Reviewed December 6, 2013

As others have said, this is a must see for the battlefield tourist.

Whats makes it particularly good is you can get a sense of perspective as to just how much earth was shifted when the mines were blown. The Hawthorne Crater further down the road is rather overgrown, so this was very good to help with trying to picture that.

More I think could be done with the site, its in a lovely quite spot, and would be a lovely place to be able to get a coffee and just soak in the whole area.

That said nothing can detract from the sheer size of the crater and can only leave you to ponder how destructive it must have been.

Visited November 2013
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