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West Kent – Wouldham and Rochester – 1st March, 2020

This month's walk saw 13 of us gather at Wouldham recreation car park for a 10 mile walk along the Medway riverside path. A lovely bright, sunny and breezy day, just right for walking. The river Medway at this point is quite wide as it enters the Thames estuary. As we got closer to the outskirts of the city, the path passed under the immense M2 and high-speed railway bridges straddling the Medway valley; quite an impressive sight. On the skyline we could see historic Rochester cathedral and castle where we stopped for lunch in the sun and a brisk wind.  After lunch we continued through the city along the main high street, passing many historic shops and buildings, before we took a side street taking us uphill and on toward the village of Borstal. Thereafter passing under the bridges again and up on to the North Downs.  The views across the valley were splendid; the tide having turned and the Medway now full, glinting in the low sun. Continuing along the North Downs, we eventually saw Wouldham village below us in the valley, and we took a steep path back down where some of us congregated in the Medway Inn for a pint and refreshments. Another excellent walk, thanks to all that joined us and to Jeremy Palmer for expertly leading the walk.

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