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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