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The Monarch’s Way is a 615 mile long distance footpath that follows the escape route taken by the future King Charles 11 after his defeat at the Battle of Worcester in 1651. The walk starts in Worcestershire and ends at Shoreham in West Sussex. The Sussex stretch is 45 miles in length and although it doesn’t come through Pulborough, the closest point where it can be joined is near to Amberley which is approx. 6 miles south of Pulborough.

  • Length of walk: 45 miles in West Sussex
  • Time: Suggest at least a few days, staying overnight at several places en route
  • Terrain – hilly at times; some straight, flat walking as one reaches Shoreham
  • Unsuitable for wheelchairs/pushchairs
  • Use OS Explorer map OL10 (Arundel and Pulborough)
  • Facilities: Park at Whiteways Car Park (at the roundabout joining the A29/A284 and B2139) There is a café and toilets in the car park. Pick up the Monarch’s Way just north of the car park and walk to The George and Dragon at Houghton for refreshments, toilets etc. There is a plaque on the wall in the pub explaining that the future King Charles 11 stopped at the pub to eat before riding on to spend the night at Amberley Castle.

For more detailed information about the route of the whole walk, refer to “The Great Walks of Sussex” by David Bathurst (2018) pages 135 – 154. ISBN 978-0-9933241-2-3

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