The Monarch's Way

November, 2019

The Monarch's Way

Pritchard & Company’s local area is home to an abundance of wonderful walking routes taking you through the rich and varied countryside we call home. The Monarch’s Way is one of the famous ones, running through Stratford upon Avon, Chipping Campden, Moreton in Marsh and Stow on the Wold.

  • The Monarch’s Way is a 615 mile footpath running from Worcester via Bristol and Yeovil to Brighton
  • It is so called because it follows approximately the escape route taken by King Charles II in 1651 after being defeated by Cromwell in the Battle of Worcester, the final battle of the English Civil Wars
  • This long distance walking route takes in the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • It is the longest inland trail route in England
  • The yellow route waymarkers feature the King’s ship ‘Surprise’ and his three point feathered crown on a black oak tree, representing the Royal Oak at Boscobel House. The King hid in the oak tree all day and in Boscobel house overnight.
  • During his escape the 21 year old King was hotly pursued by Cromwell’s men for six weeks
  • As well as stunning landscapes, there are many historic buildings and features of interest and antiquity en route
  • Part of The Monarch’s Way in our area runs alongside the canal into Stratford upon Avon where it joins the River Avon, then it weaves through the countryside into the North Cotswolds
  • The path crosses Campden Tunnel on the Cotswold railway line before entering the market town of Chipping Campden
  • A Monarch’s Way Association has been established to inform, educate and preserve this historic route

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