Boots ready for final leg of royal journey

Boots at Brighton's Palace Pier
Boots at Brighton's Palace Pier

A PAIR of boots belonging to the rambler who designed and created an historic walk will reach Shoreham on Saturday, May 17, completing a 615-mile journey from Worcester.

The route, known as the Monarch’s Way, roughly follows that of Charles II as he escaped from the battle if Worcester in 1651, during the English Civil War.

The boots are being carried as a tribute to Trevor Antill, who also wrote three guide books for the route which were originally published in 1994.

Trevor retired in 1992 and spent the next three years completing the creation of The Monarch’s Way.

He passed away in August 2010 and members of the Monarch’s Way Association believe carrying his boots along the whole of the route will be a fitting tribute to his achievements.

The procession of the footwear into Shoreham from Brighton will make up the final part of a 64-stage long-distance path, believed to be the longest inland walking route in the country.

Trevor’s boots will be carried from Brighton’s Palace Pier to the East Breakwater at Shoreham by Colin Brooks, local minder for section 64 of the Monarch’s Way.

There will be a celebration in Shoreham and a parade on the seafront with Monarch’s Way banners brought to Shoreham by Trevor’s widow Margaret.

The association is also applying for permission to site a memorial plaque to Trevor and the Monarch’s Way on the seafront at the East Breakwater.