What is a freedom trail?
Freedom Trail Treks offers a wide variety of adventure travel tours, but we specialise in historic freedom trails.
A freedom trail is a trek that follows a route historically used by an individual or group to escape persecution. Many of these escape routes cross international borders, such as the French-Spanish border formed by the Pyrenees mountains. During World War II, over 33,000 Frenchmen alone escaped Nazi occupied France by crossing the Pyrenees into neutral Spain or Andorra.
Today, with stories of refugees fleeing war and persecution dominating headlines, tackling these classic freedom trails is a great way to combine a passion for history and adventure travel with an appreciation for the contemporary struggles of those crossing borders in search of safety. A Freedom Trail is also a way to commemorate those lost in conflict and the commemoration and connection with local communities transcends boundaries. En route you can feel connection with those lost on the Halifax bomber, people working in the escape networks and local communities. Multiple cultures can be involved with this and we have had visitors from the UK, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Canada, South Africa and USA .