The Monarch's Way - Long Distance Footpath 615 miles
The Monarch's Way

"New" Trevor's Memorial Bench

Monarch's Way Guide Books 3 for £21

Janet's Book 1 Walking Blog

Amanda's Charity Walk Ham Hill to West Bay

"New Map of" King Charles II Escape route through the midlands

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

"New" Cotswolds Minder Opportunities

 Temporary Amendments to The Monarch's Way

Places to Visit along The Monarch's Way

Favourite Links

Walks Around The Monarch's Way

Bird News along The Monarch's Way

"NEW"  Route changes in book 1

"UPDATED"  Route changes in Book 2

"NEW"  Route changes in Book 3

Oak Apple Day 29th May 2012 Guildhall Worcester

Monarch's Way Map and interconnecting paths

Monarch's Way Hall of Fame

Contact Page

'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

"New" The Monarch's Way Relay part 13

King Charles II

"New" The Monarch's Way Relay part 14

New Trevor's Boot Relay "Shoreham"




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Welcome to one of the most exciting stories about a Monarch King Charles II and one of the best and varied, walks in British History.


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As would have been his 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.


One of our Members Dorrie Johnson has written a really excellent Poem on the work of The Minders. 



Minders of The Monarch's Way


Forget dark-suited men

whose padded shoulders reach their ears;

forget their gloves and shades,

and, because you've watched TV,

forget the armpit bulge where you might guess

a gun is hidden.


These folk have outdoor faces,

friendly eyes; their hiking boots,

beneath the latest mud,

gleam with Dubbin shine;

their rucksacks carry notepads and one,

at least, of Antill's books.


They are custodians of a length

of path, maintain its health,

report on obstacles,

on flood destruction,

new diversions,

change of routes.

They re-mark ways

if signs become obscured or disappear.

They keep the path alive.






Please check the:

Temporary Amendments to The Monarch's Way Page


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 Charles II after the Battle of Worcester in 1651.

For six exciting weeks, and 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 615 mile length.

The Walk

This long distance walk over at least (615 miles) using footpaths and bridleways 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, 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.

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

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Last updated 24th March 2015

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