The Monarch's Way
A linear walk of 610 miles (982km) starting in the Midlands and crossing the South Downs National Park from Rowlands Castle to Shoreham in West Sussex.
Britain's second longest signed walking trail follows the flight of Charles II after his defeat at the Battle of Worcester in 1651. For six long weeks and hotly pursued by the Parlimentary forces under Oliver Cromwell, the king first travelled north, then south through the Cotswolds and the Mendips and finally along the South Downs in West Sussex to Shoreham where he escaped to France.
The route passes through some of the finest scenery in Southern England and closely follows the route taken by Charles II. Along the route walkers can visit many sites of historical interest and learn more about this historical period and see where loyal supporters of Charles II gave him shelter on his escape. Of particular interest in West Sussex are the historic towns and villages of West Dean, Houghton, Arundel, Steyning, Bramber, Findon and Shoreham.
The route is described in three separate guide books which break the journey into one day sections.
The Sussex section is covered in Book 3: The South Coast, The Downs...And Escape: Charmouth to Shoreham. 225m (362km). ISBN I-869922-29-8.