Monarch's Way

Historic 615 mile (990km) route starting at Worcester and ending at Shoreham Harbour.

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Britain's second longest signed walking trail which follows Charles II's escape route after his defeat at the Battle of Worcester in 1651.

Route information


  • The Midlands, Worcester - Grid ref: SO 851543
  • The South Coast, Shoreham Harbour - Grid ref: TQ 238046

For use by

Walkers - uses footpaths and bridleways

Nearest locations

Arundel, Steyning, Bramber, West Dean, Houghton, Findon and Shoreham


There are some moderately steep slopes. The path runs mostly on country paths and may be muddy in places.


The route allows walkers to visit many sites of historic interest and see where loyal supporters gave Charles shelter during his escape. The route passes through some of the finest scenery in southern England.



  • OS 1:25,000 Explorer series: 120, 121, 122
  • OS 1:50,000 Landranger series: 197, 198

About the Monarch's Way

Further information about the route is available on the Monarch's Way website.

The route connects with others in West Sussex - Downs Link, South Downs Way, Sussex Border Path and West Sussex Literary Trail. 

The footpath was devised by Trevor Antill in 1994. The route is described in three separate guide books, available from the Monarch’s Way Association (via the Monarch's Way website) and may be available via the library search catalogue. They break the journey into 1-day sections, which could be walked over a period of time.

  • Book 1: The Midlands: Worcester to Stratford-upon-Avon (via Boscobel) 175 miles (282 km). (Second edition) ISBN 1869922522
  • Book 2: The Cotswolds, The Mendips and the Sea: Stratford-upon-Avon to Charmouth 210 miles (338 km) ISBN 186992228X
  • Book 3: The South Coast, The Downs... And Escape: Charmouth to Shoreham. 225 miles (362 km) ISBN 1869922298

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