As we progress with the planning we will add more detailed route info here.
This will include CP locations and gpx files and race maps.
This incredible 615-mile walk approximates the escape route taken by King Charles II in 1651 after being defeated in the Battle of Worcester.
The Monarch's Way starts at Worcester then travels north to Boscobel and then south to Stratford upon Avon. It then continues south through the Cotswolds to Stow on the Wold before turning south west towards Bristol via Cirencester. The route then heads south through the Mendip Hills to Wells and then on through Somerset towards Yeovil and then south west to Charmouth. You then follow the Dorset coast before turning north again to Yeovil, before heading east across the Downs to Brighton and then onto the finish point at Shoreham-by-Sea.
The walk also takes you through two World Heritage Sites, one National Park and six Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. For those interested in the history of the walk there is ample opportunity to learn and discover more with a series of museums and historical sites dotted throughout the route.
The walk is waymarked with a picture of the ship The Surprise, the Prince of Wales crown and the Royal Oak tree at Boscobel House.
Some photo's of the things you will see on the route - click the picture to see the title
A the route detail will be here including .gpx files and CP locations.
Start - CP1 - Navigation Inn Car park, Greensforge, Kingswinford DY6 0AH
CUT OFF (Leave CP by) - 6am Sunday 29th of May 2016
CP1 - CP2 - Boscobel House
CUT OFF (Leave CP by) - 4am Monday 30th of May 2016
CP2 - CP3 - Wasely Country Park car park, Gannow Green Lane, Rubery B45 9AT
Cut Off (Leave CP by) - 22:00 Monday 30th of May 2016
CP3 - CP4 - Car Park, Milcote Road, Weston on Avon, England CV37 8
Cut Off - (Leave Cp By) 01:00 Wednesday 1st of June 2016
CP4 - CP5 - National trust car park at Chedworth Woods just north of Chedworth
Cut Off (leave cp by) 16:00 Wednesday 1st of June 2016
CP5 - CP6 - Car park of Baby Blooms, Wapley Rd, Codrington BS376RY
Cut Off - (Leave Cp by) 17:00 Thursday 2nd of June 2016
CP6 - CP7 - Stockhill Forestry Car Park, Chewton Mendip. Somerset BA5
Cut Off - (leave CP by) 14:00 Friday 3rd of June 2016
CP7 - CP8 - Winyards Gap Inn car park, Dorset DT83HY
Cut Off - (leave cp by) 15:00 Saturday 4th of June 2016
Not a full Checkpoint but at the turnaround point in Bridport, West Bay you will be met by someone at the seafront, though you wont have definite access to drop bags till the nest CP unless that person has them on them.
CP8 - CP9 - Winyards Gap Inn car park, Dorset DT83HY
Same as previous CP following same route back up
Cut Off - (leave cp by) 13:00 sunday the 5th of June 2016
CP9 - CP10 - Bell and Crown, new road, warminster, BA12 6NJ
Cut Off - (leave cp by) 07:00 Tuesday 7th of June 2016
CP10 - CP11 - Car park on Horsebridge road, Horsebridge, SO206PU (postcode for nearby pub)
Cut Off - (leave cp by) 07:00 Wednesday 8th of June 2016
CP11 - CP12 - Car Park of Bat and Ball Pub, Hyden Farm Lane, Hambledon, Hampshire PO8 0UB
Cut Off - (leave cp by) 04:00 Thursday 9th of June 2016
CP12 - CP13 - Car Park 1km east of Houghton on the B2139 (viewpoint on map)
Cut Off - (leave cp by) 11:00 Saturday 11th of June 2016
CP13 - FINISH - Car Park by the Power Station on the Seafront Shoreham on Sea
Final Cut Off Time - 10:00 Sunday 12th of June 2016
All distances are based on the current .gpx track and will be a little longer on the ground so th etotal sitance will be around 615 miles.