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West Kent – Rochester and lower Medway circular walk

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General information

This circular walk of around 10 miles covers part of the lower Medway valley and the approaches to the historic centre of Rochester. From our starting point, we walk along the right bank of the Medway, skirting Wouldham Marshes, under the M2 and high speed rail bridges, and along the urban riverside with its marinas and esplanade, to Rochester Castle near where we will have lunch - bring sandwiches, or there are plenty of pubs and cafes. In the afternoon we will climb up past the Cathedral Close and the elegant streets on the hill to St Margarets, and through the suburb of Borstal, where any badly behaved walkers will be left behind ! We cross under the M2 again and climb up with the North Downs Way along the ridge, before dropping down into Wouldham village. One long steady climb up from Rochester to Borstal, and a shorter steeper climb from Borstal to the top of the Downs, and the rest largely level.

Terrain / Difficulty

A couple of steep climbs but otherwise a fairly level walk. Proper boots are advisable as some parts of the route can be wet and muddy especially if there's been recent rain.

Approximate Distance

10 miles

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