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Walking: The perfect exercise
Walking is the closest thing to
perfect exercise. Many people do not realise that regular walking
can be enough to keep you healthy.
There is a myth that to be fit and
healthy you need to join a gym or take up running. But evidence
shows that regular brisk walks for 30 minutes on five or more days
of the week can give many health benefits.
Medway Health Walks
Medway Health Walks is a local scheme that supports walking
groups in the area. If you are interested in motivating others
to enjoy the local environment and discover new places to walk in
your neighbourhood. If you are interested in attending a local
walking group please view the latest list of walks on the
Walking for Health website.
You may also phone our active travel co-ordinator on
01634 333720 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on healthy lifestyles and walking please
Volunteer Walk Leader Training
The Volunteer Walk leader course is a free
one-day course for anyone willing and able to lead walks in Medway.
It is a day of practical advice and includes practice in leading a
walk and information on keeping people motivated. This training
provides people with the skills to join other volunteers, in
leading one of the Medway Health Walks.
For an application form or to find out more, please phone our
active travel co-ordinator on 01634 333720 or
The City of Rochester Society holds
open walks around the city centre from the Visitor
Information Centre at 2.15pm every
Saturday, Sunday and
Wednesday. They last for approximately one
and a half hours.
Public Rights of Way
Medway has nearly 186 miles (300km) of Public Rights of Way,
many of which offer a chance to explore some of the beautiful
countryside, such as the chalk down land at Ranscombe Farm near
Cuxton, the marshes at Cliffe on the Hoo Peninsula and the
riverside walks at Upnor and Hoo. For those who wish to go beyond
Medway, two major trails, The North Downs Way and The Saxon Shore
Way, also pass through Medway.
To find out where the paths are, simply visit any Medway
library, where copies of the council’s Definitive Map of Public
Rights of Way can be viewed during normal library hours. Or view
the map at the council’s offices at the Strood Contact Point, by
making an appointment to see a Public Rights of Way Officer.
Find out about Medway's Public Rights of Way Improvement Plan
The network is also marked on the Ordnance Survey’s Landranger
and Explorer maps for the area, available at most bookshops..
You may also download the following booklets:
The circular walk publications are available from
Medway Visitor Information Centre.
Walking the Saxon Shore Way is available from the Medway Visitor
Information Centre, Capstone Farm Country Park, Riverside Country
Please use the links below for a selection of walks in
If you prefer to plan your own route, the Ordnance Survey
Pathfinder 1:25000 maps are the best for walkers. Maps
TQ.66/76 and TQ.86/96 cover most of
Medway and are available from bookshops.
Visit the information centres in the country parks for information about
escorted walks and events.
Go to Medway Council's Walking Action Plan for more information
on our walking strategy.
Medway Valley Rail Trails
Action with Communities in Rural Kent in conjunction with
conjunction with Valley of Visions has produced a series of
leaflets giving details of walks from all the stations on the
Medway Valley Line which runs from Strood through Cuxton and
Halling on to Maidstone West and beyond.
The series of leaflets can be downloaded from the Communities
in Rural Kent website. The leaflets of interest in Medway
There is also a new initiative promoting combined bus and rail
travel in the Medway Valley using the 151 bus service operated by
Nu-Venture and Southeastern trains under the umbrella of Medway
For more details on bus times please visit our bus services page, and for
rail times, Southeastern.
Ramblers Association- Medway
The Ramblers Association has a Medway group, and organises lead
walks most weeks of the year.
Please visit the Ramblers Association: Medway page for more
information including a list of their latest walks.
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