Entry points Ypres Salient
From October 1914 to October 1918,the battlefield of the First World War was located a mile or two from the centre of Ypres. The trenches described a curve from north to south around Ypres. No fewer than fifty bloody battles were fought in that notorious Ypres Salient. Three Entry Points along the Ypres Salient inform you about the events along the Ypres Salient. Today’s landscape is shown as a witness of the past, 100 years ago, in a historical film, three walking routes, a digital application, and a cycling route that connects the three points. In Entry Point North a number of portraits of war poets are presented as the Canadian doctor John McCrae and Irishman Francis Ledwidge.
In the east the Entry Point is located at Hooge Crater Museum along the Menin Road opposite Hooge Crater Cemetery. This Entry Point illustrates the creation of the front in the centre of the Salient near Bellewaerde Ridge. Besides the historical film the emphasis here is on the beautiful Castle parks that studded the landscape around Ypres before the destructive war.
The south has two remarkable sites at the Entry Point. The Entry Point itself is located in the provincial domain De Palingbeek at the historical site The Bluff. There you can start your explorations on a recently installed walking path/platform through the former No man's land, along various craters. The historical film shows how the underground war built up in the southern Ypres Salient where numerous mines exploded. Along the extensive walking circuit, you will reach the second site, Hill 60. You will have stunning panoramic views of the centre of Ypres there and reach the large Caterpillar Crater. From 30 March 2018 till 11 November 2018 you can visit the land art installation Coming World Remember Me at De Palingbeek.
Below you will find an interactive map.Text version