Please note that all visitors enter the site at their own risk.
Head for the village of La Boisselle which is on the D929 between the town of Albert and the village of Pozières. On arrival at La Boisselle look out for the signs to the La Grande Mine. The Crater is south south-east of the village a short way along a no through road. There is a parking place for a single car next to the Crater, but a geophysics survey of the parking place, undertaken in April 2014, showed that about 1 metre below the surface is a void. Therefore all vehicles park there entirely at their own risk..
The Crater is privately owned by Richard Dunning, but ALL the land surrounding the Crater is privately owned by French farmers, including the piece of land opposite the Crater. This land, previously metalled, was provided for farming purposes and when not required for farming was used for parking and turning. But at the time of writing (July 2014) the area had been ploughed up and was not available for parking or turning.
However, Richard Dunning, the owner of the Crater, has very generously provided a corner of this iconic piece of land as a suitable place for coaches to turn. See picture below.
Aerial view showing coach turning point, and car and coach parking area.
Coach reversing into the coach turning point.
Also a 200m length of the lane leading to the Crater has been widened by 3m which will provide parking spaces for both cars and coaches.
Quite often there is a refreshment and souvenir stall near the Crater, but this is privately owned and run, and has no connection with Richard Dunning or The Friends of Lochnagar Crater.
There are no entrance fees but we do ask visitors to
Remember that the site is a memorial to those who fell and act in a dignified way;
Leave the site as they find it;
Protect the plants and wild life;
Take their litter home;
Keep dogs under close control.
Please note there are NO public toilet facilities at the Crater or in La Boisselle village, but of course the local cafes have facilities for their customers.
A wooden walkway has been provided around most of the 300 metre circumference of the rim of the Crater but is not suitable for wheelchair access or people with restricted mobility. However there is a wheelchair friendly ramp from the Crater entrance to the cross.
Wheelchair access ramp from the Crater entrance to the cross.
Wartime relics, such as shells, bullets and grenades are often in a dangerous condition, and even after all these years can still cause death and injury. Any found during visits to the battlefields should be left alone. Most of the land is private property and must be respected as such. Strict laws apply in respect of the collection and export of battlefield detritus.
View Larger Map To use Google Street View click on the words 'View Larger Map' then click and drag the little yellow man (top left) to the red marker, center the green zone at the point of the tail of the red marker. You can then rotate the image by click and dragging the N (for North) in the circle at the top left of the map to about South South East. If necessary move up and down the road by moving the yellow man in the inset map box (or click on the white arrows on the white line in the main image).
A plan of the Crater site, move the mouse over the text for more information.
Schools and Educational Visits to Lochnagar Crater
Over recent years, there have been an increasing number of visits to Lochnagar Crater by schools, and these are set to continue in the near future. No doubt the inclusion of the study of the First World War in the syllabi of many of the secondary schools has brought about this trend.
The Friends of Lochnagar wish to encourage such visits (see the Schools page). One of the reasons for the creation of this Web Site was to make available to teachers and students basic information about what happened on this sector of the Somme Battlefield on July 1st 1916. If a visit to the Crater is to be made, it is important that teachers are able to access information which will enable them to plan in advance to make the visit meaningful and worthwhile.
A successful educational visit requires advanced preparation as the image above of teacher and pupils of Tideway School, East Sussex portrays. This Web Site is devised to assist with such activities. Experience has shown that the best led and prepared school visits have enabled students to grasp the significance of what happened on that July morning in 1916.
The Friends of Lochnagar have been encouraged by the profound mature statements left by so many students in the visitors' book at the site of the Lochnagar Crater. It is also important that students visiting the Crater are aware that young men fought, suffered and died at the Crater and in the surrounding fields and that they respect the area and its environs accordingly. Visitors are not allowed to descend into the Crater for obvious reasons of safety, to stop erosion and as a mark of respect for those who fell. The Crater should be a place of quiet contemplation and not, as is sometimes the case as a playground.
We hope that this Web site will meet the needs of students and staff and we wish all schools a successful and enjoyable visit to the Lochnagar Crater.
See photos taken by and of school parties in our Photo Album