This page describes the Monarch's Way.
The Monarch’s Way is the approximate route that the future Charles II took for six weeks after the defeat at Worcester in 1651. He originally travelled north then doubled back and eventually made the Dorset coast where he hoped to get a boat to France, the path then winds its way to near Stonehenge, on across Hampshire and eventually to Shoreham in West Sussex - where he was finally successful in his exit.
Figsbury Ring: - north east of Salisbury - this is an Iron Age hill fort, with perhaps Neolithic origins.The site has commanding views all around and especially of the Bourne Valley, Old Sarum and Salisbury.
Description of the path
The entire route is 990km long and winds across southern England. This is not a route we plan to complete; however it has already revealed hidden treasures locally. Places that we have not visited after 30 years but lead you yo question - why didn’t you?
As might be expected with such a long meandering path the landscapes of Worcestershire, Dorset, Wiltshire, Hampshire and Sussex provide contrasts between coast and inland river valleys as well as clay vales and chalk downs.
It is quite common in southern England come across a Monarch’s Way sign when least expecting it.
The path also doubles up with several other long distance paths on several occasions and this is noted in the sections below.
The sections shown on this page are those sections that are easily accessible as short out and back walks from central Hampshire.
Monarch's Way Stats
|Terminus||Shoreham by Sea||Harbour Wall [east]|
|Lowest point||beaches||2m [amsl]|
|Highest point||tbc||xxxm [amsl]|
2. Stages Completed
The stages below are stages completed in a west to east direction; the distance is taken from gps track data.
|Charmouth - West Bay||~10.0 km||hilly|
|West Bay - Bridport||~1.7 km||flat|
|Great Wishford - Lower Woodford||8.5 km||moderate|
|Lower Woodford - Figsbury Ring||8.2 km||moderate|
|Figsbury Ring - Middle Winterslow||5.1 km||hilly|
|Middle Winterslow - Bucklow Farm ||4.2 km||moderate|
|Bucklow Farm - Broughton ||3.5 km||moderate|
|Broughton - Houghton ||3.9 km||moderate|
|Houghton - River Test ||~1.5 km||flat|
|River Test - Horsebridge ||~1.0 km||flat|
|Horsebridge - Mottisfont ||5.0 km||flat|
|Mottisfont - Kimbridge ||~1.7 km||flat|
|Kimbridge - Braishfield||6.9 km||moderate|
|Braishfield - Ampfield||4.5 km||moderate|
|Ampfield - Silkstead||5.3 km||moderate|
|Silkstead - Twyford||4.4 km||moderate|
|Twyford - Owslebury||4.2 km||moderate|
|Owslebury - Upham||4.6 km||moderate|
|Shoreham Harbour - West Hove [ 4]||~2.5 km||flat|
: Coincident with the South West Coast Path; : Coincident with the Clarendon Way; : Coincident with the Test Way; : Coincident with the South Coast Path.
Stages described above that are coincident with other paths will link the description pages of the numbered path
3. Percent and total distance walked to date
|9% completed||KM, HM||~85.7 km||2013-ongoing||both directions [most]|
There is no intention of completing the entire Monarch's Way.
Points of Interest
Getting there - access
Some stages have been walked as the Monarch’s Way and these have all be out and back type - based on taking a car to one of the villages on the route.
The remainder have been walked as part of another path and the transport method will be shown on the page of that stage.
Start: 26 May 2013
References & Links:
|Date||Reference or link|
|20141206||Monarch's Way [Wikipedia]|
|20141206||Monarch's Way [LDP Association]|
|20141206||Monarch's Way in Sussex [West Sussex CoCo]|
|20141206||Monarch's Way i Sussex [Monarch's Way supporters]|
Updated KM 08 December 2014