Waterloo is a fascinating but complex battlefield and the key to understanding it is ‘reading’ the ground from a soldier’s perspective. Wellington’s eye for the lie of the land; his ability to draw his opponent onto ground of his own choosing; and then use it to gain observation and to achieve surprise was key to his success.
Ashley Truluck – former army General and currently Chairman of the Society of Army Historical Research (SAHR) - has spent a lifetime studying Wellington’s command style and tactics; he lived for 3 years near Waterloo and knows the battlefield intimately. What better host to guide you ‘off piste’ away from the busy tourist centres and main roads onto the ground itself – and so understand what it was really like to command and fight on the battlefields of Ligny, Quatre Bras and especially Waterloo?
These will be a series of country walks rather than a route march! We cover no more than about 5 or 6 miles a day, with stops for lunch and beverages. You will visit the excellent visitor centres, but in addition this tour offers fresh air and a fresh perspective - and a chance to enjoy the peace and quiet of the rolling Belgian countryside in the convivial company of fellow walkers.