Monarch’s Way

by Jem Croucher


Following King Charlie’s footsteps
Along The Monarch’s Way
To the Ring once more again we walked
On a blustery winter’s day

Although muddy underfoot, the rain
Held back and kept us dry
The sunshine even briefly shone
From a slate-grey sky

We managed eight and one half miles
‘Tho even that’s okay
Especially as we’ll soon be back
To walk another day

Having been defeated at the Battle of Worcester in 1651, King Charles II of England was hotly pursued by the parliamentary forces of Oliver Cromwell. Aided by a loyal band of supporters, the defeated king travelled first north into Wales then south through the Cotswolds and the Mendip hills to the South Coast and finally along the South Downs to Shoreham-by-Sea where he made his escape to France.

The Monarch’s Way is a long-distance footpath covering some 615 miles (990 km) which closely follows the route taken by King Charles.

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