Monarch's Way - Long Distance Footpath 625 miles
Monarch's Way

Guide Books for Sale

Maps of the Monarch's Way

A Monarch's Way

Cotswolds 104 miles on the Monarch's Way

Trevor's Memorial Bench

Fastest Known Time

Contact Page

Warwickshire - The Monarch's Way

Monarch's Way in Poetry

Janet's Book 1 Walking Blog

 Route changes in book 1

Route changes in Book 2

Route changes in Book 3

"PRICES SLASHED" Satmap Digital mapping of The Monarch's Way

"New" Minder Opportunities

 Temporary Amendments to The Monarch's Way

Monarch's Way Hall of Fame

Places to Visit along The Monarch's Way

Favourite Links

Walks Around The Monarch's Way

Bird News along The Monarch's Way

Amanda's Charity Walk Ham Hill to West Bay

Oak Apple Day 29th May 2012 Guildhall Worcester

'Bulletin Bytes'

The Monarch's Way in 47 days

Changes to the Route of the Monarch's Way

Minder's at work along the Monarch's Way

Trevor Antill ACIB

Trevor's Boot Relay Pictures

Trevor's Boot Relay Pictures part 2

Trevor's Boot Relay Pictures part 3

Trevor's Boot Relay Pictures part 4

Trevor's Boot Relay Pictures part 4A

Trevor's Boot Relay part 5 Book 2

Trevor's Boot Relay part 6

Trevor's Boot Relay part 7

The Monarch's way Relay part 8 (updated)

The Monarch's Way Relay part 9

The Celebration into Charmouth-Trevor's Boot Relay part 10

The Monarch's Way Relay part 11 Book 3

The Monarch's Way Relay Part 12

The Monarch's Way Relay part 13

King Charles II

The Monarch's Way Relay part 14

Trevor's Boot Relay "Shoreham"

WHAT'S NEW PAGE


Always good to plan walking with a set of 3 Monarch's Way Guide Books. Starting in Worcester and finishing in Brighton (Shoreham).

Cost by Paypal is £25.50.

Embroidered Monarch’s Way cloth Badges and Metal Pin Badges for  £2.50 by cheque or by Paypal when buying at the same time as Guide Book(s). We also have a hard enamel Side Arm Metal Badge

 New Cotswolds Guide Book now available

The Cotswold’s: Along the Monarch’s Way (Stratford-upon-Avon to Bristol)  107 miles 102 pages on higher quality paper and larger font size, 33 photographs and 14 larger sized maps

cost is £10 including postage

Please email   Contact@monarchsway.50megs.com  For details of the Paypal payment link or posting a cheque address

 

We have the following sections available for Looking After (Minding) 

If you are interested in becoming involved with The Monarch's Way Association then please email: Contact@monarchsway.50megs.com 

 

Section 42A Bridport to Shave Cross (7 miles)

Heading from the coast and onto higher land giving such beautiful views

 

Section 42B Shave Cross to BroadWindsor (6 miles)

Passing over the very beautiful Pilsdon Pen the second highest hill in Dorset with wonderful views

 

Section 44 Winyards Gap to East Coker (7 miles)

Beautiful views of Beaminster Down

 

Section 60 West Dean to Houghton (13 miles) would be willing to split if required

A really beautiful section passing over the Trundle out of West Dean, passing by Goodwood Race Course before Eartham Woods and Stane Street

 

  Minder Duties

 

Minders undertake at least a 3 times a year walk of their section, although many do so more frequently. Minders check the condition of the path, the state of the furniture (stiles etc.) They check the condition of way marking and any missing or damaged Black and White and Gold way marking stickers should be replaced. It is also required to ensure that way marking is not becoming covered by vegetation, which will help walkers making their way along the route.

 

If you wish to support the work of the Monarch's Way in maintaining the route perhaps you would consider making a much appreciated donation towards the cost of upkeep.

The upkeep of the route is funded solely by sales of Guide Books etc. The Organisation is non profit making and none of the volunteers receive any payments or expenses of any kind

Please email contact@monarchsway.50megs.com for the donation link

 

Vicky Owens Fastest Time on the Monarch’s Way

 

Vicky has set a fastest known time on the Monarch's Way on the Gold Standard version of the route including all the places that Trevor suggested you visit in his guide books and included on his route. She completed the 625 miles in 13 days and 13 hours and 38 minutes

Vicky also raised £2000 for the Monarch’s Way. This has helped provide notice boards and also allow with other projects along the route. 


The full distance on the Monarch's Way is longer than Trevor initially thought. This information has been possible due to modern GPS tracking systems and slight route changes.

 

 Welcome to one of the most exciting stories about a Monarch King Charles II and one of the best and varied, 625 mile plus long walk in British History.

 

Please make contact through the email address:  Contact@Monarchsway.50megs.com about

 Free Accommodations lists, sales of the 3 Monarch's Way Guide Books (still available) and any other enquiries about The Monarch's Way.

 

We now have a Twitter account @monarchsway

So please log in for up to date information and pictures along the 625 mile plus Monarch's Way.

 

As would have been Trevor's wish, the work on the Monarch's Way continues through the team of Minders and Association members. The ultimate aim is to see the Monarch's Way designated as a National Trail. Caring for the route and promoting it will be a fit testimonial to Trevor.

 


Please check the:

Temporary Amendments to The Monarch's Way Page

and

Also the Route Changes pages for Books 1,2 & 3

To ensure that you have the most up to date route information when you set out on your Monarch's Way adventure.


The Story

The escape of King Charles II after the Battle of Worcester in 1651.

With a £1000 bounty on his head the King spent 42 perilous Days being hotly pursued by the Parliamentary forces under Oliver Cromwell. He travelled first north towards Wales, then south through the Cotswolds and the Mendips to the South Coast, and finally along the South Downs to Shoreham where he made his escape to France

Loyally supported by his followers, many at great risk to their own lives, he was given shelter in places both great and humble, many of which still exist today.

 

 


 

The Monarch's Way logo below represents the Royal Oak tree at Boscobel (in which the King famously hid with Colonel Carless); the Prince of Wales crown; and the ship 'The Surprise' on which Charles eventually escaped to France.

The logo also forms the basis of the waymarks which sign the Way throughout its historic over 625 plus mile length. The ship being used to show the direction the route follows.


The Walk

This long distance walk over 625 miles in length uses footpaths and bridleways. It closely follows the route taken by Charles and enables you to visit many historic sites and buildings, maybe only previously known to you through the history books. It also takes you through two World Heritage Sites, one National Park and six Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty plus some of the finest scenery in western and southern England.

The walk is waymarked and is shown on the latest editions of the Ordnance Survey's Landranger and Explorer maps. The route is described in detail in three books by Trevor Antill / The Monarch's Way Association, and New Copies are only available from The Monarch's Way Association. Each book is divided into sections so enabling you to pick out suitable day walks if you are not intending to follow the complete route. - More information is available on other pages. We now have for sale recently revised versions of Book's 1 & 2. (These are only available from the Monarch's Way Association)




'Walk a day, live a week' (Old French proverb) Good Walking !

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Last updated 5th November 2021

Whilst every care is taken to ensure accuracy of the information provided, neither the website authors or The Monarch’s Way Association will be held responsible for consequences arising from using information from this website