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Rochester

Kent


Slow Ways linking Rochester and Chatham, Gravesend, Maidstone, Snodland, Sole Street

England / Kent / Rochester

Rochester’s five Slow Ways are 55% checked

Drawn: 5/5
reviewed: 4/5
verified: 2/5
and surveyed: 0/5

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Walk to Rochester from further afield

Slow Way Route To do
Gravesend—Rochester
Graroc one Survey me Distance 16km/10mi Ascent 148m Descent 137m
Rochester—Chatham
Roccha one Survey me Distance 2km/2mi Ascent 64m Descent 52m
Rochester—Chatham
Roccha two Review me Distance 2km/2mi Ascent 53m Descent 40m
Rochester—Maidstone
Rocmai one Review me Distance 16km/10mi Ascent 267m Descent 261m
Rochester—Maidstone
Rocmai two Review me Distance 19km/12mi Ascent 269m Descent 260m
Snodland—Rochester
Snoroc one Pioneer me Distance 11km/7mi Ascent 168m Descent 171m
Sole Street—Rochester
Solroc one Review me Distance 11km/7mi Ascent 168m Descent 79m

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Collective progress

54% of Rochester’s five route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

7/7

drawn

6/7

reviewed

0/7

surveyed

2/7

verified

4 people have contributed to Rochester’s Slow Ways

5 people have pledged to walk and review a route

0 people have surveyed a route in Rochester

66km out of 77km have been walked and reviewed

105km of reviews have been shared in Rochester

Latest Updates

Rochester

Claire surveyed Rochester

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1) Instead of following the A2 and going through the Alleyway up George lane to Rochester High Street alongside The George Vaults I would suggest turning up the turning before which is North Street and carrying on directly over the High Street up towards Boley hill to rejoin the existing route in front of Rochester Cathedral. This will give 3 benefits, a) You will get to see more of the high street this way, b) it will take you off the main busy A2 road quicker and c) george lane on the existing route can often have garbage overspill on it and not be too nice to walk on. also on the existing route where the path crosses the high street and then goes through Two Post Alley, the path past the posts at the start is quite narrow and might not suit a wide buggy or wheelchair. If you follow the existing route and its an issue then 30 yards down the high street there is a better solution....

Jaitch

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No public transport in central 2 quartiles but Aylesford station is about a mile from Aylesford village. Will probably add more and some photos later....

Daisy C

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Rochester—Maidstone

Daisy C added Rocmai two, a new walk from Rochester to Maidstone

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This route keeps all the good stuff from RocCha 1 but tidies up the mapping oddities and, hopefully, will be a doddle to navigate....

Daisy C

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Rochester—Chatham

Daisy C added Roccha two, a new walk from Rochester to Chatham

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This is a great route and it deserves a Slow Ways download which gives you a trouble free walk. As RocCha Slow Way has a verified route now I'm going to upload a new improved version that future walkers should find very easy to follow and perhaps enjoy a little more too. I tested out the small changes while I walked the original route....

Daisy C

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I'm tempted to give this route 5 stars as I loved walking along the Thames and Medway Canal so much, and the other rural sections were pretty great too. I did not enjoy the Rochester end either, some route choices were strange and quite frustrating. * I avoided the Thames Path section as I thought it was closed until August. * The Thames and Medway Canal section really was wonderful. * Within Strood and Rochester I enjoyed the footpath beside the allotments, but couldn't understand the rest of the route. * At Rochester Bridge do cross over the road to the south side. You could change your route even earlier and approach the bridge using SolRoc 1, the waterside section and reflected lights were wonderful at dusk. * After the bridge you could stay south and swap the main road for Rochester High St then the La Providence footpath: very historic and beautiful with many restaurants, pretty shops, etc. If the Thames Path is still blocked and you use the official Milton Rd diversion this route has about 5km (3 miles) of road walking on primary or secondary (and cement plant access) roads....

Daisy C

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This is a great walk that both starts and ends on a high, was easy to follow and has good public transport access - both endpoints are stations on the same line out of Victoria. The only, tiny, navigation problem was in the very first field outside Sole Street where the farmer hadn't reinstated the path although the wheat was already quite high. The footpath to Cobham cut diagonally through orchards which was very charming and will be lovely in blossom. First up is Cobham Woods (National Trust) past the Daunsley Mausoleum then into Ranscombe Woods (part of Ranscombe Farm Nature Reserve). The station is very close to the high street but the footpath used on this route, through "La Providence", might be locked at night....

Daisy C

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A very tall metal gate has been welded to the end of the passageway that cuts through to Wharf road. You need to go around Norfolk road to get onto Wharf road. From then on the walk along the canal and through the fields was magnificent....

bobmatt3

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Changed the route to get through Victoria Gardens instead of doing what it said on the map but it wasn't a big detour....

bobmatt3

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Rochester

Burnsie surveyed Rochester

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It looked like there may have been a straighter route across fields after crossing Brompton Farm Road but the indicated route was a nice walk....

Karsco

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Easy route round beautiful historical buildings and across green spaces with great views of cityscape and of river....

Karsco

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When arriving in Maidstone the route shows to leave the river and cross the road to Faith Street but there is no exit point from the river there and the road crossing is further down, opposite Earl Street....

Karsco

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Rochester—Chatham

WJG added Roccha one, a new walk from Rochester to Chatham

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Gravesend—Rochester

Slow Ways added Graroc one, a new walk from Gravesend to Rochester

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Rochester—Maidstone

Slow Ways added Rocmai one, a new walk from Rochester to Maidstone

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Snodland—Rochester

Slow Ways added Snoroc one, a new walk from Snodland to Rochester

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Sole Street—Rochester

Slow Ways added Solroc one, a new walk from Sole Street to Rochester

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Rochester, Wed 17 July

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Rochester’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

TQ7447568576

Lat / Lon

51.38940° / 0.50627°

Easting / Northing

574,475E / 168,576N

Fancy stretching your legs a bit more?

If you’ve polished off all of the routes between Rochester and its neighbours, how about walking its whole web?

This includes the great ring of routes that join its neighbours to each other!

Facilities

Users have reported that the following facilities can be found within 1km of Rochester's meeting point

Public toilet

Wheelchair accessible toilet

Supermarket or convenience shop

Restaurant, cafe or pub

Accommodation

Accommodation for under £50 a night

Campsite

Bothy

Free wifi

Mobility scooter hire

Off-road wheelchair hire

Disabled Parking

Train station

Bus stop

Ferry

Official ‘Walkers are Welcome’ town

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