Monarch’s Way Association

The “Monarch’s Way” Association is very pleased to thank everyone involved in this superb result. Especially and in no particular order Nick Cowan (Wiltshire Rights of Way). Also the Firsdown Footpath Group who have not only been working very very hard to ensure the route is clear in this area but have pushed for these improvements to take place.

The “Monarch’s Way” Association promotes the 625 mile Historical Monarch’s Way, which is the escape route of King Charles II after his defeat at the Battle of Worcester in 1651. The route starts in Worcester and continues to its end at Shoreham near Brighton where King Charles II escaped in a little ship to France

Promotion is much easier when we are confident that the route is safe for all our members

I walked that section before the changes had been made and it was dangerous, the photographs show how much safer it is now.

Huge congratulations and our very sincere thanks to everyone involved

Very Best Wishes

John Tennant
General Manager The Monarch’s Way Association

Firsdown Circular Walk

Firsdown Circular Walk starts at the easterly end of Firs Road furthest form the A30. Suggested parking is in Firs Road,  not on the pavement please, or alternatively in a side road.

There is a finger post indicating Roman Road right angles to Firs Road at the extreme east end of Firs Road. The path from Firs Road takes you on to the Roman Road. Head west into the woods at the end of the field. At the brow of the hill there is shorter alternative circular walk where you can turn right across a well marked path taking you back into the top end of Firs Road. Continuing the Firsdown circular walk – At the next junction turn right down the bridleway then left across a stile to follow the path down a dip with fencing on both sides and up to cross the A30. Keep dogs on lead once through the metal gate as there is livestock in the paddock.

The A30 crossing is extremely busy with fast moving traffic and we suggest crossing the road one person at a time. Up the bank, through the kissing gate and continue up to Figsbury Rings. A stile takes you into the rings. This hill fort has an outer ditch and mound with a second inner ditch which dates the monument as earlier than many of the hill forts in the area. Return along the path back, across the A30 and beyond the phone mast on your left to the point mentioned earlier where you can turn left and cross a cultivated field to come out at the top of Firs Road. Then back along the pavement to the start point.