Western Front Way

by Rory Forsyth in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

£28,510

raised so far

57

supporters

1000km thru-hike & bike paths along the WW1 trenchlines. Marking the path, building an app to guide, creating a global beacon for adventure

by Rory Forsyth in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 26th July 2022 we'd raised £28,400 with 54 supporters in 28 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

In 1915 a letter was written from WWI trenches suggesting a path for peace for all nations, now that vision is being brought to life. By purchasing one of our pledge boxes you can be part of the worlds largest commemorative project. 

What are you funding for your rewards?

  • Waymarking of the entire 1000km pathways at every decision point - over 35,000 markers required. 
  • Designing, developing and releasing an integrated navigational and educational app for users to follow the route confidently and safely. 
  • The first hike and bike route to be constructed with immersive VR and AR technology and historical content triggered by GPS. 
  • Releasing the most advanced cross blend history and mapping app ever built. 
  • Building teams in the UK, France, Belgium and Germany to get the routes publicised.
  • Enabling merchandising of WFW equipment. 
  • Providing a tool for every child in the world to immerse themselves in stories and voices from the past.
  • Making the paths accessible for all. 
  • A beacon for sustainable travel and adventure.
  • Modernising remembrance for future generations.
  • Setting up and running annual endurance runs and rides along the WFW.
  • Driving global awareness to make this the most popular walking/cycling route in the world.

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Why does your money matter - You will be connecting two nations and a global audience in the name of sport, education, nature and history. For every meter of the pathway, 15 people lost their lives in the First World War. Your money will ensure people from all nations, and all ages can reflect on shared human stories & reinvigorate remembrance as every single child  & adult will get a more interactive experience from the Western Front. It will connect communities and reinvigorate local commerce, bring self achievement, personal challenges, sustainable travel and promote healthy activities. The legacy of peace is the thread that connects us all and must be protected.

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Catherine Colonna, Ambassador to the United Kingdom, French Embassy London ‘It is a strong symbolic initiative…with combined efforts on both sides of the Channel’ 

Menna Rawlings, Ambassador to France, British Embassy Paris ‘It is more vital than ever that we remember our common history, and the sacrifices our countries have made together in defence of the values we share. Such projects as the Western Front Way help to bring that memory alive, and to make commemoration active and engaging, ensuring that the torch of remembrance is passed from generation to generation.

Huberta von Vos, Executive Director, Institute for Strategic Dialogue gGmbH, Germany ‘May the Western Front Way inspire cities from across Europe to revive their partnerships to meet on the road and walkd towards the same goals again: peace, freedom, democracy, human rights and a joint vision for a united Europe’

Sir Michael Morpurgo, award-winning author and WFW Ambassador ‘Passing on the history of the First World War has been done in poetry, and stories, in music and museums, and in plays and films. But here is a new way, to my mind the most beautiful way, most significant way, the creation of a path of peace, the Western Front Way.’

Rewards

This project offered rewards

£20 or more

WFW Reward

As our campaign evolves, we have listened to our supporters and taken on feedback. Anyone who has pledged so far outside of the available packages will be sent WFW items as thanks including a pin badge and sew on badge by providing your address. Anyone who pledges from this date onwards outside of our rewards will receive the same items.

£250 or more

Poppy

• WFW cap • Virtual tour of the app & Q&A with CEO, Rory Forsyth – date TBC • WFW SplashMaps® fabric map. • Pre-ordered copy of Sir Anthony Seldon's WFW book ‘The Path of Peace’ • WFW waymarker • WFW Adventure Patch Company sew on patch. • High-res copy of the original letter • WFW Tote bag, postcards & pinbadges

£500 or more

Forget-Me-Not

• WFW fleece gilet • Virtual tour of the app & Q&A with CEO, Rory Forsyth – date TBC • WFW SplashMaps® fabric map. • Pre-ordered copy of Sir Anthony Seldon's WFW book ‘The Path of Peace’ • WFW plaque • WFW Adventure Patch Company sew on patch. • High res copy of original letter • WFW Tote bag, postcards & pinbadges

£1,000 or more

Daisy

• WFW 3-layer soft shell jacket • Memorial walk in Central London incl lunch with CEO, Rory Forsyth, 6/11/22 • Virtual tour of the app & Q&A with CEO, Rory Forsyth – date TBC • Invite to London WFW October 2022 event • WFW SplashMaps® fabric map • Pre-ordered copy of Sir A Seldon's WFW book ‘The Path of Peace’ • WFW plaque • WFW Adventure Patch Company sew on badge • High res copy of original letter • WFW Tote bag, postcards, pinbadges

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