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.
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.
More information and guidebooks can be obtained from The Monarch’s Way Association’s website at: http://www.monarchsway.50megs.com/index.html
You can obtain Twitter updates from walkers on the route: @Monarchsway
BPC July 2017