Start: Shawford Station [Full route: Worcester]

Finish: Shoreham-by-Sea (East Breakwater)

OS 1:25 000 maps: 119, 120, 121, 122, 132

Length: 141.5 km (88.5 miles) [Full route: 984 km (615 miles)]

Notes and links

The route follows the flight of Charles II after his defeat at the Battle of Worcester in 1651. From Worcester it first turns north to Boscobel, south via Stratford upon Avon, the Cotswolds, Bristol and the Mendips to Charmouth, then east along the South Downs to Shoreham-by-Sea where Charles finally escaped to France. The Way was devised by Trevor Antill, who first published a guide in 1994.

The Monarch's Way Association maintains waymarking and provides an informal stewardship of the Way.

The section of the path running through the region covered by this website is less than 15% of the total route, but it provides an interesting alternative to the South Downs Way, to which it runs parallel.

Published guide

The Monarch's Way: Book 3 - Charmouth to Shoreham, Trevor Antill, 1995, Meridian Press, ISBN 1 869922 29 8

The route is shown on OS 1:25 000 maps.


The route is waymarked.

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