Gillingham to Riverside Country Park

This walk can be found on the Ordnance Survey Explorer Map 148 and is 6.4 miles long.

A Medway walk from Gillingham town centre to Riverside Country Park.

From Gillingham town centre walk down Sappers Walk and cross Jeffery Street into Gardner Street. Turn right into Saunders Street then Left into Saunders Street. Turn left into Victoria Street, at the T junction turn right into Burnt Oak Terrace.

Follow the signpost for the Saxon Shore Way on the right past Hillyfields. Cross Ingram Road at the pedestrian crossing then turn left and right into Gillingham Green. Go past the Church. At Grange Road turn left and cross the cemetery to the far right corner. Joining Court Lodge Road pass the Ship pub and turn right onto Gadds Hill.

Cross the road at the pedestrian crossing and continue down Waterside Lane and an alley to the river Medway. Turn right and continue down the Saxon Shore way.

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Strood Library to Frindsbury

A 2.5 mile walk from Strood Library with fantastic views from Church Green Frindsbury.

This walk can be found on Ordnance Survey Explorer maps 148 and 163

Turn left at the front of the library. Cross the High Street and go up the steps to St Nicholas Church. Keeping the Church on the right walk through the chuchyard and turn right into Gun Lane.

Turn left into Brompton lane and proceed up the hill.

Turn right into pathway that runs parallel Clarendon Drive

At the end of Clarendon Drive turn right on to Cliffe Road, crossing over this road at the first island crossing. After a short distance turn left and walk up the RR3 public footpath. At the end turn right and continue down this road (Mill Road) passing Prospect Cottage and the Millstream Care Home (previously a convent). Approaching the end of Mill Road, English Martyrs Roman Catholic Church is seen on the left just before the junction with the busy Frindsbury Road.

Turn left to walk up Frindsbury Road. Continue forward on the left hand path passing the front of English Martyrs Church and primary school. Note the Georgian architecture of the house on the other side of Frindsbury Road. Cross Bill Street Road and continue forward to reach a pelican crossing. Cross here, continue up the hill and take the first road to the right into Church Green.

Walk along Church Green, continue under the avenue of lime trees to reach Frindsbury parish church, All Saints. Fantastic views and a very large cemetery which is still in use. Follow the footpath RR50 through the church grounds and leave by the path to the right. This path ends at a T-junction with another pathway.

Turn right and walk down Donkey Hill (part of the Saxon Shore Way) enjoying the views. At the end Commissioners Road is reached. Cross over at the road restriction barrier and walk down Wingrove Drive (easily visible from restriction barrier). At the end continue forward on the footpath passing over where the old disused canal lock gates used to be. This path leads to Canal Road. Continue along Canal Road, and follow the path next to the river passing under the railway bridge where Canal Road joins Strood High Street just before Rochester Bridge.

Turn right into the High Street and return to the library


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Rochester Esplanade

The walk starts from Rochester Hub which can be accessed by buses leaving from stands A5 and A6 from Chatham Waterfront bus station and is 2.6 miles long.

You can find this route on Ordnance Survey Explorer maps 149 and 163.

Turn left out of the library and right into the High Street. Turn left into Crow Lane and then right into the Vines (green space). Turn right into the Cathedral Precinct. Follow the road round past the Cathedral, cross Boley Hill and go up Castle Hill and through the gates into the castle.

Leave the castle by the steps into the Esplanade, Crossing the road, enter the Esplanade Gardens. Continue next to the embankment wall to the road. Cross the road and turn left towards the roundabout at Churchfields. Take a zigzag path up the hill, or use the steps, turning right into Backfields. Turn left then right into St Margaret’s Street. Continue past Fort Clarence on your left and the Queen Mother Court on your right.

Take a track on the left sign-posted “Bowling Club”. Pass beside a white barrier and take the footpath on the left beside a fence. Turn left at t-junction of paths, (Watt’s Meadow) and right onto the footpath RRX14 and continue into Ethelbert Road.

Turn left into Maidstone Road, passing the Watts almshouses on your left. At cross roads, continue straight on into Crow Lane and return to the library.

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Gillingham to Chatham

This walk can be found on Ordnance Survey Explorer map 148.

This walk can be started either in Chatham or Gillingham and is 2.3 miles long. Buses 116, 101, 182 and 326 cover both Chatham and Gillingham. Buses 140, 190 and 191 can be found at Chatham. For other buses try traveline.

Go onto the Great Lines opposite Medway Park and take the main path up the hill.

As you reach the top of the hill you can enjoy the view over Luton, Chatham and Rochester.

At the bottom of the hill walk across the car park and enter Fort Amherst at the Barrier Road. If you are starting from Chatham join the walk here.

Barrier Road

Take a few minutes to read the info boards.

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Natasha Steer

Continue to Khartoum Road and turn right, walk past the main entrance into Fort Amherst and take the next right past the back of the cafe. Continue up the hill past Lord Nelson.

Admiral Nelson

There is a little walk through the woods for the children.

Nearly at the top of the hill.

At the top of the hill you can do a little detour through a tunnel to see the Amphitheater in the Spur Battery.

There is also a viewing point.

Back on the main path cross the bridge over the barrier ditch. Go through the gate from Fort Amherst into the Great Lines and turn left at the Naval War Memorial. Continue on the path past Brompton school and turn left. You can walk across the grass to the park entrance.

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Twydall Library to The Strand

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Twydall Library to Berengrave

The walk starts from Twydall Library which is on the Arriva bus 182 route and is 4.7 miles long

This walk can be found on Ordnance Survey map 148.

From the library walk to the steps down to Twydall Green, turn left and then cross the road and turm right onto Goudhurst Road.

Turn right onto Beechings Way and cross the road at pedestrian crossing. Turn left into Pump lane taking care to keep to the right hand side of the road and walk in single file.

Turn right onto bridleway GB6A and continue across Bloors lane into footpath GB6. Footpath GB5 merges in on the left, continue on this to Berengrave Lane.

Turn left and cross the road. At the entrance to the nature reserve go in th gates and turn left. Keep to the path next to the road. Cross the Lower Rainham Road and enter the Country Park.

Follow the path round in the woods then cross Motney Hill into Motney Hill Car Park. Turn right and then left and follow the Saxon Shore Way.

Turn left towards the Riverside Country Park car park. Leave Riverside Country Park by the access road. Turn Right into Lower Rainham Road, cross the road and turn left into Lower Twydall Lane.

Proceed up Lower Twydall Lane and go over the railway footbridge, continue up the lane to Beechings way. Cross at the pedestrian crossing and into Charing road.

At the end of Charing Road turn left into Goudhurst Road and then right at Twydal Green. Twydall Library is on the right.

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Wigmore Library to King’s Frith

The walk starts from Wigmore Library which is on the Arriva bus 113 route and is 2.9 miles long

This walk can be found on Ordnance Survey map 148.

T urn left outside the library and go through the car park into Levan Strice.

Come out of the woods into Thanet Road and turn right into Maidstone Road. Turn right into Georgian Way.

Follow the road round and turn left into Bredhurst Road.

Turn right into King’s Frith playing field. Walk round the perimeter of the field returning to Bredhurst Road.

Turn right and then right again along Kenyon Walk to Wigmore Road.

Turn right and then left aftert the roundabout crossing the road at the bollards.

Cross Hoath Way at the pedestrian lights and continue along Sharsted Way and turn right into Kingsdown Close.

Continue along bridleway (GB28) to Fairview Avenue. Turn right continue back to the library.

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Wigmore Library to Hickory Dell and Darland

The walk starts from Wigmore Library which is on the Arriva bus 113 route and is 3.0 miles long

This walk can be found on Ordnance Survey map 148.

T urn right outside the library and left into Fairview Avenue. Cross Hoath Road by the bridge and turn left at Spekes Road.

Just after the barrier turn right down one flight of steps (footpath GB4) and right into Hickory Dell.

Join Hempstead Valley Drive and continue across Hempstead Road into Pear Tree Lane.

Turn right into Glenwood Close and take the footpath down the steps into Grove Wood.

Take the path through the wood and across the field into Star Lane.

Go past the Oast House and take the path on the right, follow the path through the woods. Turn right at the end of the path and then turn left.

Cross Hempstead road and go up the tunnel. Turn right into Hoath Lane and follow the road to Wigmore park. Leave the path at the Bredhust road exit.

Turn right into Bredhurst Road then left into Fairview Avenue and return to the library.

This route may become muddy in bad weather.

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Wigmore Library to Foxburrow Wood

The walk starts from Wigmore Library which is on the Arriva bus 113 route and is 2.7 miles long

This walk can be found on Ordnance Survey map 148.

Turn right out of the library and left into Fairview Avenue. Crossing at the pedestrian lights turn right into Bredhurst Road.

Turn right into Drewery Drive then left into Edwards Close and continue along the path to Woodside.

Take the first section of footpath (GB17) and turn right into Asquith Road.
Cross Maidstone Road and turn left and then take footpath (GB3) on the right into Tanker Hill.

Cross Lonsdale Drive and take the footpath opposite into Chesham Drive at the bottom of the hill take the entrance to Foxburrow Wood.

Keeping the wooden fence on the left continue up the slope then just before a flight of steps take a path on the right. Continue through the woods to the exit on Denewood Drive.

Turn left past the school and cross the road at the pedestrian lights. Cross Parkwood Green. Walk along Readscroft Road, Capel Close and Fane Way to Maidstone Road.

Turn Left and cross the road into Thanet Road.
Walk through Levan Strice Woods to the Library car park and return to the library.

This route can be done in the reverse direction.

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Wigmore Library to Whitgates Wood

The walk starts from Wigmore Library which is on the Arriva bus 113 route and is 2.6 miles long

This walk can be found on Ordnance Survey map 148.

Turn right out of the library and left into Fairview Avenue turn left into Spekes Road and after a few meters take the footpath (GB4) on the right.

Go down the steps, across Hempstead Valley Drive and up the steps to Cedar Grove.

Turn left and just before reaching Hempstead Valley drive take the entrance to Whitegate Wood on the right. Continue through the wood coming out at a footbridge over Hempstead Valley Drive.

Go down the ramp and turn back along Hempstead Valley Drive until you reach a footpath into the Hempstead Valley car park on the right.

Follow the footpath to Kingsdown Close and take the public bridleway (GB28) on the right. Continue to Spekes Road and turn right into Fairview Avenue then left into Wigmore Road.

At the bottom of the hill take a right turn into Wigmore Park. Go through the park leaving at the Bredhurst Road exit. Turn right into Bredhurst Road and left into Fairview Avenue back to the library.

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