Monarch's Way

A long distance walk of 579 miles in the Midlands and Southern England which follows the flight of King Charles II from his defeat at the Battle of Worcester to his escape from England at Shoreham-by-Sea. Maps, statistics and gpx route file for the walk are included.

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Statistics and Files
Start: Powick Bridge
Grid Ref: SO835525
Distance: 579 miles (932 km)
Finish: Shoreham-by-Sea
Walk time: 270-300 hours
Days: 40-60

Summary: The Monarch's Way is based on the lengthy route taken by King Charles II during his escape after defeat by Cromwell in the final battle of the Civil Wars at Worcester in 1651, when for six weeks the young royal was hotly pursued by Parliamentary troops. Charles escape from captivity, which included excursions into many counties of the Midlands and Southern England took him from Worcester to Shoreham-on-Sea where he fled the country via Alcester, Stourbridge, Wordsley, White Ladies, Madeley, Boscobel, Moseley Hall, Bentley, Bromsgrove, Wootton Wawen, Snitterfield, Stratford-upon-Avon, Long Marston, Chipping Campden, Moreton in March, Stowe-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water, Northleach, Cirencester, Tetbury, Chipping Sodbury, Bristol, Abbots Leigh, Wells, Castle Carey, Trent, Charmouth, Bridport, Broad Windsor, Yeovil, Wincanton, Mere, Hindon, Great Wishford, Middle Winterslow, Broughton, Mottisfont, Hambledon, Arundel, Bramber and Brighton. Phew, I bet he was glad to get away for a rest after all that fleeing!

Useful Links:
John Price's Monarch's Way Walk
Visit Dorking
Out of the LOOP
Long Distance Walkers Association

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