Bradpole & The Monarch’s Way Long Distance Footpath

Monarch’s Way at Jessopp Ave. looking toward Watton Hill

This national long distance footpath of some 615 miles passes through Bradpole Civil Parish and is trodden by many visitors to our Parish each year.

A visiting walking group pauses at the Lee Lane Memorial

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. It is particularly represented in Bradpole by the Monument Stone at the junction of Lee Lane and the A35. After passing through our Parish the route heads off to Broadwindsor where Charles stayed overnight at the George Inn.

Charles II giving directions:
“Turn left onto Jessopp Ave then first right across the Farmers Club Field, cross the river at “Happy Island” and up over Watton Hill”

More information and guidebooks can be obtained from The Monarch’s Way Association’s website at:

You can obtain Twitter updates from walkers on the route: @Monarchsway

BPC July 2017