West-Flanders - Poperinge

POProute (35 km)


The POProute is a thematic journey the daily life of the soldiers behind the front. The town of Poperinge was a key cog in the British war machine.The local population conducted a prosperous trade with the well-paid British soldiers. For these soldiers, this was a place of carefree enjoyment away from the trenches but also a place of military justice and law. So-called 'deserters' were often executed here by firing squad at first light of dawn. Pressure of military traffic forced the British to introduce a oneway system in the town and they also built a ring road.This 'Switch Road' still exists today. During the war (and afterwards) is was often referred to by local inhabitants as the 'Swiss Road', since they had trouble coping with the Anglo-Saxon pronunciation!