A better Medway

Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

Following the latest government guidance, our Medway health walks accredited wellbeing walks scheme will start to return this year.

Please check back regularly for the new timetables.

You can also enjoy walking outdoors in a Medway park.

Self-guided walks

Why not try our self-guided walks. We have 11 routes to choose from across Medway.

About our health walks

Walking is free, fun and good for the mind and body - it's also a great way to socialise.

We run free health walks throughout Medway so you get all the benefits in friendly, supportive groups.

Volunteers run all our health walks and there may not always be a walk leader available.

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Benefits of health walks

Benefits include:

  • walks led by trained walk leaders (subject to availability)
  • supportive and fun atmosphere
  • walks all-year round
  • graded for different levels
  • outdoor exercise
  • only need a pair of shoes.

Join a health walk

Wellbeing walks are great exercise for:

  • beginners and those returning to walking 
  • all ages
  • people that want to be active and meet people.

To join a health walk call us on 01634 333 720 or email walking@medway.gov.uk

Regular walks

We will be updating this page throughout 2021. Check back regularly to see when our groups will be resuming.

Location Return date and time Walk duration Walk difficulty by grade

Rainham walk

Meeting at Rainham Library, ME8 7LR

To be confirmed

Entry level walk.

Perfect for beginners to walking or those returning.

Grade one difficulty.

Walk difficulty 1 out of 4

Lordswood walk

Meeting at Lordswood Library, ME5 8TH

To be confirmed

Three different walks adapted to suit most abilities.

Walks are either 45 minutes, 1 hour or 1 hour 15 minutes.

Grade 3 difficulty.

Grade 3 difficulty

Walk difficulty 3 out of 4

Capstone Country Park walk

Meeting at Capstone Park car park by the lake, ME7 3JG

Mondays

Meet time: 9.45am

 

Walk lasts for 90 minutes.

Grade 3 difficulty.

Walk difficulty 3 out of 4

Rochester Riverside walk

Meeting outside Eastgate House, ME1 1EW

Mondays

Meet time 9.50am

Walks last 1 hour.

Exploring the paths and links between Rochester and Chatham.

Grade 2 difficulty.

Walk difficulty 2 out of 4

The Bell Mast Tower walking group (St. Mary's Island)

Meeting at Dockyard Visitor's Entrance, ME4 4TY

Mondays

Meet time: 10.30am

Walk lasts for 60 minutes.

Grade 2 difficulty.

Walk difficulty 2 out of 4

Strood Community walk

Meeting at Strood Community Hub, ME2 4TJ

Tuesdays

Meet time: 10am

Walk lasts for 60 minutes.

Grade 2 difficulty.

Walk difficulty 2 out of 4

Cuxton Hiking Group

Meeting outside Cuxton Library, ME2 1EY

First and third Tuesday of every month

Meet time: 10.15am

Walk lasts for 90 minutes

Grade 3 difficulty.

Walk difficulty 3 out of 4

Riverside Country Park Group

Meeting at Riverside Country Park, ME7 2XH

Tuesdays

Meet time: 10.15am

Walk lasts between 45 minutes to 1 hour 15 minutes.

The walk is an out and back style with distances for all abilities.

Grade 2 difficulty.

Walk difficulty 2 out of 4

Darland Banks walk

Meeting at Star Lane/Darland Avenue, ME7 3AT

Wednesdays

Meet time: 9.30am

Walk lasts for up to 90 minutes.

Grade 3 difficulty.

Walk difficulty 3 out of 4

Hook Meadow

Meeting at Hook Meadow Library, ME5 0TZ

To be confirmed

Walks last 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes.

Exploring the greenspaces available in the local areas.

Grade 2 difficulty.

Walk difficulty 2 out of 4

The Great Lines walk

Meeting at Mill Road junction (entrance to Great Lines)

Wednesdays

Meet time: 9.45am

Walk lasts for up to 60 minutes.

Grade one difficulty.

Walk difficulty 1 out of 4

Cliffe Woods

Meeting at Parks Medical Centre, ME3 8HX (meet outside)

Wednesdays

Meet time: 10.15am

Walk lasts for 90 minutes.

Grade 3 difficulty.

Walk difficulty 3 out of 4

Medway Carers Walk

(Contact Roger at jollyrogerspeakeasy@live.co.uk for location)

Wednesdays

Meet time: 11am

Walk lasts for 60 minutes.

Grade 2 difficulty.

Walk difficulty 2 out of 4

Three Villages Walk

Meeting at Village Hall, Lower Stoke, ME3 9ST

Thursdays

Meet time: 9.15am

Walk lasts for 90 minutes.

Grade 2 difficulty.

Walk difficulty 2 out of 4

Chatham Historic Dockyard Walk

Meeting at Dockyard Visitor's Entrance, ME4 4TY

Thursdays

Meet time: 9.45am

Walk lasts for 90 minutes.

Grade 3 difficulty.

Walk difficulty 3 out of 4

Wigmore Community Walk

Meeting at Wigmore Library, ME8 0PX

To be confirmed

Walk lasts between 1 hour and 1 hour 15 minutes.

Suitable for people who would like to develop into longer walks.

Grade 2 difficulty.

Walk difficulty 2 out of 4

Luton Community Walk

Meeting at Luton Library, ME5 7LA

To be confirmed

Walk lasts 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes.

Three walks, adaptable to suit all levels of walking experience.

Grade 3 difficulty.

Walk difficulty 3 out of 4

Thrive Borstal Wellbeing Walk

Meeting at Borstal Village Hall, ME1 3JQ

Every other Thursday beginning 7 October 2021

Meet time: 9.50am

Walk lasts up to 90 minutes.

Grade 3 difficulty.

Walk difficulty 3 out of 4

St. Augustine Church Wellbeing Walk

Meeting at St. Augustine Church, ME7 5PW

Every 2nd and 4th Thursday

Meet time: 10.20am

Walk lasts up to 75 minutes.
 

Grade 2 difficulty.

Walk difficulty 2 out of 4

Hoo Community Walk

Meeting at Hoo Library, ME3 9AL

To be confirmed

Walk lasts between 45 minutes to 1 hour 15 minutes.

The walk varies in length with views across the River Medway.

Grade 2 difficulty.

Walk difficulty 2 out of 4

Rochester Community Walk

Meeting at Rochester Library, ME1 1EW

Fridays

Meet time: 9.45am

Walk lasts for 60 minutes.

Grade 2 difficulty.

Walk difficulty 2 out of 4

Grades explained

Grade 1: Suitable for people who would like to start walking. Walks are generally 30 minutes. The walks try to avoid any steps and steep inclines.

Grade 2: Suitable for people who are looking to increase their activity levels. Walks are generally between 45 minutes to 1 hour 15 minutes and may include some moderate slopes, steps and uneven surfaces.

Grade 3: Suitable for people looking for more challenging walks. Walks are generally 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes and may include steeper slopes, steps and uneven surfaces.