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Name and crown in oak tree surmounted by shipMonarch's Way

990 km / 615 miles

Bath NES, Brighton H, Bristol, Devon, Dorset, E Sussex, Glos, Hants, N Somers, Shrops, Somers, S Glos, Staffs, Telford W, Warks, W Midlands, W Sussex, Wilts, Worcs
The 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 21-year-old was hotly pursued by Parliamentary troops. It takes in Boscobel (the Royal Oak Tree), Stratford upon Avon, the Cotswolds, Mendips and the South Coast from Charmouth to Shoreham. There are many historic buildings, features of interest and antiquity, with connections to numerous other long distance routes. The whole route is now 615 miles in length following the battlefield paths (5 miles) in Worcester becoming definitive and it is the longest inland trail within England.


Path Type: Paths Marked on OS mapping
Waymark: Name and crown in oak tree surmounted by ship Waymark: Name and crown in oak tree surmounted by ship
Attributes: Heritage; Monarchy
SO835525 - Powick Bridge, Worcester, Worcs
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TQ237046 - Shoreham-by-Sea, W Sussex
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User Group: Monarch's Way Association
Web Sites: Monarch's Way - Long Distance Footpath
  Somerset CC - Long Distance Walking Routes - Route 12
  GPS Routes - Monarch's Way

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Paperback: Monarch's Way Book 1: Worcester to Stratford-upon-Avon (Monarch's Way Association - 2005)
Paperback: Monarch's Way Book 2: Stratford-upon-Avon to Charmouth (Monarch's Way Association - 1995)
Paperback: Monarch's Way Book 3: Charmouth to Shoreham (Monarch's Way Association - 1996)
Leaflet: Monarch's Way: Accommodation Guide (Monarch's Way Association - 1996)
Certificates: Certificates for Monarch's Way (Monarch's Way Association)

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Show OS Map
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger: 127138139150151162163172173182183184185193194196197198
OS Landranger Active: 127138139150151162163172173182183184185193194196197198
OS Explorer: 1545116117119120121122129130131132141142143154155167168169204205218219220221242244
OS Explorer Active: 1545116117119120121122129130131132141142143154155167168169204205218219220221242244

Walking Support Providers:

Support Providers: Baggage Handling (Luggage Transfers)
Support Providers: Self Guided Walking Holidays (Walk The Landscape)

Group Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

Hostel Accommodation: Ironbridge - Coalbrookdale YHA, Coalbrookdale, Telford 3 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Ironbridge - Coalport YHA, Coalport, Telford, Shropshire < 1 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Stratford-upon-Avon YHA, Alveston, Stratford-upon-Avon 3 Km

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Connected Paths:

E Routes: E-Route 2 UK Section - Dover to Kirk Yetholm; E-Route 9 UK Section Dover to Plymouth
National Trails (England & Wales): Cotswold Way National Trail; South Downs Way National Trail; South West Coast Path National Trail
Paths Marked on OS mapping: Allan King's Way; Arden Way; Avon Valley Footpath (Warwickshire); Bristol and Bath Railway Path; Centenary Way (Warwickshire); Clarendon Way; Community Forest Path; Diamond Way (North Cotswold); Downs Link; East Mendip Way; Frome Valley Walkway; Gloucestershire Way; Gordano Round; Heart of England Way; Itchen Way; Jubilee Trail (Dorset); Jubilee Way (South Gloucestershire); Leland Trail; Limestone Link (Cotswolds to Mendips); Macmillan Abbotsbury-Langport Link; Macmillan Way - Boston to Abbotsbury; Macmillan Way West - Castle Cary to Barnstaple; Mendip Ways; Mid Sussex Link; Mid-Wilts Way; North Worcestershire Path; Oxfordshire Way; Pilgrims' Trail; River Avon Trail; River Parrett Trail; Samaritans Way South West, Bristol to Lynton; Severn Way; Shakespeare's Avon Way; Shakespeare's Way; Silkin Way; Staffordshire Way; Staunton Way; Stour Valley Way (Dorset); Sussex Border Path; Test Way; Two Rivers Way; Wayfarer's Walk; Wessex Ridgeway; West Mendip Way; Wysis Way
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Other Paths: Arun Way; Birmingham and Aberystwyth Walk; Blackmore Vale Path; Bristol City Triangular Walk; Brit Valley Way; Bromsgrove Circular Walk; Celtic Way; Coast to Coast - Southern England; Cotswold Canals Walk; Cotswold Link - Chipping Campden to Banbury; Cotswold Ring; Cotswold Round; Cotswold Village Trail; Cotswolds Walk; Donnington Way; Elan Valley Way; Evenlode; Games Way; Goring to Goring; Great Stones Way; Gustav Holst Way; Hobblers Way (Coast to Coast - Wash to Severn); Itchen Valley Churches Trail; Kinver Clamber; Land's End Trail; Macmillan Way - Cross Cotswold Pathway; Mendip Ring; Meon Valley Churches Walk; Meon Valley Trail; Midhurst Way; Millennium Way (Warks); Navigation Way; Nelson Way; New Lipchis Way; Orange Way; Palladian Way; Palladian Way Tetbury Alternative; Pewsey Avon Trail; Roman Way; Round Dorset Walk; Sabrina Way; Salisbury Country Way; Sarum Way; Shipwrights Way; Shropshire Union Canal; Somerset Way; South Bristol Circular Walk; South Telford Heritage Trail; South Telford Way; St James Way; St Kenelm's Routes; St Kenelm's Trail; St Kenelm's Way; Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal Walk; Stratford-upon-Avon Canal Walk; Summits of Somerset and Avon; Sussex Coastline Walk; Teme Valley Walk; Teme Valley Way; Three Choirs Way; Three Downs Link; Walking the Castles of Sussex; Walking the Disused Railways of Sussex; Warwickshire Cakes and Ale Trail; Warwickshire Villages Trail; Wessex Ridgeway Trail; West Sussex Literary Trail; Worcester and Birmingham Canal Walk; Worcestershire Cakes and Ale Trail; Wye to the Thames; Wylye Way
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Anytime Challenges: Carpet Baggers 50; Chaddesley Chase; Day Return to Charmouth; Malvern Link; North Worcestershire Hills Marathon; Old Sarum Challenge
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Route Profile:

909.3 Km (565.0 miles)
14,268 m (46,811 ft) ascent
289 m (948 ft)  maximum height