Lochnagar Crater
Lochnagar Crater
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A well preserved mine crater from the first world war. A boardwalk allows you to walk around, information panels tell the story. Follow signs 'La grand mine' from La Boisselle. On road parking just before crater. Sat-navs may direct you down tracks, take care.
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KarenBek
Aarhus, Denmark147 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
Okay, it may just be a hole in the ground, but it's a huge one. It's hard to imagine what this explosion must have been like. I think it's really important that places like this remain to teach us just a little bit about a frightening part of history. A place for reflection.
A little van by the parking lot sold WW1 memorabilia - I was tempted to by a piece of rusty barbed wire (but didn't). It was interesting to see the sorts of things for sale there - bayonets and bullets and stuff.
Written 24 August 2023
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irawine
Benicia, CA655 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Caused by a massive explosion set by British miners, the crater provides another insight into the type of warfare carried on during the Battle of the Somme. As you walk along the boardwalk (which is in need of repair in a number of places) along the outside rim of the crater you are able to walk to a number of informational placards that detail the lives of some of the British soldiers who fought here. This is definitely worth a stop.
Written 8 June 2023
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Tim M
24 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
The photographs you see do not really prepare you for the size of this crater and the size of the explosion that created it. Reading the plaques around, gives you an insight site into the people that served and died.
Written 27 November 2022
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Traveler O
Washington DC, DC1,078 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
This crater was created as the result of a massive denotation of explosives on July 1st 1916 by British forces and intended to dislodge the Germans in the trenchlines formerly located here beforehand. Whilst many German soldiers were killed in the denotation, it failed to breach the line as intended and thousands upon thousands of soldiers died that day in another failed attempt to breakthrough. At present, you can take the wooden path around the crater and the preserved outcroppings of the original landscape, but you cannot enter the crater nor would it be recommended if allowed as it's quite deep and steep. Don't get too close, a fall from this height and angle would mean falling in headfirst. Keep small kids close as there are areas where they could easily tumble in. Placards are placed along the way explaining what happened and also commemorating those who fought and died here.

There's a preservation society that excepts donations to help maintain the crater and the grounds. As it's free entry, it's worth donating online to help them. Parking is easy to come by on the side of the road, just be mindful when exiting/entering the car and/or walking in the street.
Written 6 October 2022
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Dave R
Kingston-upon-Hull, UK14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
Signposted as "le grand mine" and easy to find at LaBoiselle, accessibility is good with a wooden boardwalk around the crater. Information boards around the outer perimeter of the site tell the stories of the men who did the tunneling aswell as those who fought on the Somme.
It really is a staggering sight: the sheer diameter and depth of the Lochnagar crater; the deafening sound of the explosion can well be imagined. They say it was heard in London.
A visit to the Somme battlefield is not complete without experiencing "le grand mine".
Written 19 July 2022
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RIchard035
Northwood, UK1,327 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Lochnagar Crater resulted from British soldiers detonating a huge mine behind German lines during the Battle of the Somme in the First World War. It is now a large hole in the ground which you can walk around and find information about a selection of soldiers who fought in the area. You can park on the road nearby. Entry is free.
Written 4 October 2020
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia45,568 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
The Lochnagar Crater is a huge hole in the ground. However this is of great historical significance. A group of British engineers dug a tunnel under the area and explosives were placed there to be exploded on the first of July, 1916. This spot was occupied at the time by German troops. This was the first day of the Battle of the Somme. The Crater was named after Lochnagar Street where the entrance to the tunnel was opened. The explosion left a hole 30 metres deep by 100 metres wide. The site is under private ownership but free to visit. The private owner also installed a large Memorial Cross on site. The site has fortunately been preserved as a memorial and a service is held there on the first of July every year. The area is quite unstable due to its nature and history but visitors do not seem to mind too much. There are warning signs around the site. It is worth visiting as it is a reminder of the horrors of war.
Written 31 August 2020
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AngusWBA
The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, UK46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
It was just a short walk from where we stayed (Number Fifty6) to Lochnager Mine Crater.

Definitely worth a visit whilst touring the Somme Battlefields and Ovillers-la-Boisselle. A great piece of history from the Great War....
Written 27 February 2020
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eloorg
Hampshire, UK513 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
Lochnager Crater is where the allies placed 2 double decker bus' worth of ammunition under a German trench and blew it up during World War One.

The site is a reminder of the horrors of the war and also helps you to understand one of the key events in the war and how ammunition was an important weapon.

If you are in the area, this site is a must - visit, as it really gives an insight into the history of World War One.
Written 22 February 2020
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Ness W
Sittingbourne, UK282 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Most people don’t know it’s there !! But just off the motorway tucked away is this enormous crater !!!
The weather wasn’t good on the day we went which made this place more poignant .
There is parking available by the site, and benches to sit down.
Written 3 February 2020
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