The Monarch’s Way

The Monarch’s Way follows the 615 mile route taken by Charles II as he fled for France after suffering defeat at the Battle Of Worcester in 1651. From Worcester, the trail heads for the South coast, connecting with West Dorset’s Jurassic coastline at Charmouth, and then continuing west to Shoreham, where Charles II successfully managed to leave the country.

From Charmouth the Monarch’s Way follows the South West Coast Path east along the Jurassic Coast of Dorset past St Gabriel’s Mouth, over Golden Cap, the highest point on the south coast,[9], through Seatown, over Thorncombe Beacon and past Eype’s Mouth to West Bay. From here it heads north up the River Brit to Bridport, swinging west and north to Pilsdon Pen, briefly joining the Wessex Ridgeway eastwards before reaching Broadwindsor. The King hid overnight in the George Inn, Broadwindsor on the 23rd of September 1651.

A sign on a post at Pilsdon Pen


From here it continues eastwards, passing to the north of Beaminster at Buckham Down, before zig-zagging north and east to Winyard’s Gap near Chedington, where it meets the head of the River Parrett Trail. Continuing north the path enters Somerset and passes Hardington Marsh, swinging east from Hardington Mandeville to East Coker and then north through Yeovil and Mudford.

Most of these details are from The Monarch’s Way on Wikipedia.