A better Medway

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.

Benefits of health walks

Benefits include:

  • walks led by trained walk leaders
  • supportive and fun atmosphere
  • flat routes
  • walks all-year round
  • easy pace
  • graded for different levels
  • excellent exercise
  • outdoor exercise
  • only need a pair of shoes
  • dogs welcome

Join a health walk

Health 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

Monthly Saturday walks

Medway Health Walks have organised a feature walk once a month. This will give the residents of Medway a chance to enjoy the walking for health program while becoming more physically active with likeminded individuals.

The pathways used will involve a level of fitness in line with our accredited walking for health program. The feature walk will be classified as a three foot walk due to the terrain and potential for walking up inclines.

These walks will take place every second Saturday of the month.

Confirmed times and locations:

  • 11 January 2020 at 10:30am - RSPB Cliffe walk, meeting outside St. Helens Church, ME3 7QT
    Public toilets are available at the start location. The 133 bus service stops nearby
  • 8 February 2020 at 10:30am - Walderslade Village Library
  • 14 March 2020 at 10:45am - Lordswood Library

Upcoming walks

Location Day and time About the walk Walk difficulty by grade

Rainham Walk

Meeting at Rainham Library, ME8 7LR

Every Monday

9:45am to 10:30am

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

Every Monday

9:45am to 11:15am

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 Park Walk

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

Every Monday

9:45am to 11am

Walks are between 1 hour and 1 hour 15 minutes.

The walk explores Capstone Country Park.

Grade 3 difficulty.

Walk difficulty 3 out of 4

Rochester Riverside Walk

Meeting at Breaking Bread Café, ME1 1FG

Every Monday

9:45am to 11am

Walks are between 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Exploring the paths and links between Rochester and Chatham.

Grade 2 difficulty.

Walk difficulty 2 out of 4

St. Mary's Island Walk

Meeting at Ship and Trades Car Park, ME4 3ER

Every Monday

10:15am to 11:30am

Walks are between 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes.

Explores st Mary's Island with a flat, easy to follow circular route.

Grade 2 difficulty.

Walk difficulty 2 out of 4

Tunbury Community Walk

Meeting at Tunbury Hall Car Park, ME5 9HP

Every Tuesday

9:45am to 11:15am

Walks last between 1 hour and 1 hour 30 minutes.

An adaptive walk to suit all levels with experience in walking.

Grade 3 difficulty.

Walk difficulty 3 out of 4

Strood Community Walk

Meeting at Strood Community Hub, ME2 4TJ

Every Tuesday

10am to 11:15am

Walks last between 45 minutes to 1 hour 15 minutes.

A choice of walks exploring Strood and the surrounding areas.

Grade 2 difficulty.

Walk difficulty 2 out of 4

Cuxton Community Walk

Meeting at Cuxton Library, ME2 1EY

Every Tuesday

10:15am to 12 noon

Walk lasts between 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes.

Footpaths through woods with steps exploring the local area.

Grade 3 difficulty.

Walk difficulty 3 out of 4

Riverside Walk

Meeting at Riverside Country Park, ME7 2XH

Every Tuesday

10:15am to 11:30am

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

Every Wednesday

9:30am to 10:45am

Walks last 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes.

The views are fantastic as you explore the area of Spekes bottom.

Grade 3 difficulty.

Walk difficulty 3 out of 4

Hook Meadow

Meeting at Hook Meadow Library, ME5 0TZ

Every Wednesday

9:45am to 11am

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

Great Lines Stroll

Meeting at Gillingham Library, ME7 1BG

Every Wednesday

9:45am to 10:30am

Walk lasts between 30 to 45 minutes.

An entry level walk for those with no walking experience.

Grade one difficulty.

Walk difficulty 1 out of 4

Cliffe Woods

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

Every Wednesday

10:15am to 12noon

Walk lasts between 1 hour and 1 hour 15 minutes.

A countryside walk in Cliffe woods.

Grade 3 difficulty.

Walk difficulty 3 out of 4

Medway Carers Walk

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

1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month

11am to 12:15pm 

Walk lasts 1 hour.

Grade 2 difficulty.

Walk difficulty 2 out of 4

Park Club Walk

Meeting at Park Club, ME5 0LU

Every Wednesday

12.15pm to 1.30pm

Walk lasts 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes.

A good walk for testing your fitness around Snodhurst bottom.

Grade 3 difficulty.

Walk difficulty 3 out of 4

Three Villages Walk

Meeting at Village Hall, Lower Stoke, ME3 9ST

Every Thursday

9:15am to 10:30am

Walk lasts between 1 hour and 1 hour 15 minutes.

The walk has stunning views across the River Medway.

Grade 2 difficulty.

Walk difficulty 2 out of 4

Chatham Historic Dockyard Walk

Meeting at Dockyard Visitor's Entrance, ME4 4TY

Every Thursday

9:45am to 11:15am

Walk lasts between 1 hour and 1 hour 15 minutes.

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Grade 3 difficulty.

Walk difficulty 3 out of 4

Wigmore Community Walk

Meeting at Wigmore Library, ME8 0PX

Every Thursday

9:45am to 11am

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

Every Thursday

9:45am to 11:15am

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

Hoo Community Walk

Meeting at Hoo Library, ME3 9AL

Every Friday

9:45am to 11am

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

Every Friday

9:45am to 11am

Walk lasts between 1 hour and 1 hour 15 minutes.

Walking through the rich heritage of the area.

Grade 2 difficulty.

Walk difficulty 2 out of 4

Wainscott Walk

Wainscott Co-op, ME2 4LB

Every Friday

10:15am to 11:45am

Walk lasts between 1 hour 15 minutes and 1 hour 30 minutes.

A brisk walk for those who are ready to test their walking fitness.

Grade 3 difficulty.

Walk difficulty 3 out of 4

Saturday Walks

Every second Saturday of the month

Walk lasts 90 minutes.

Appropriate footwear is advised as you will be using public footpaths, muddy pathways and loose gravel. 

Grade 3 difficulty.

Walk difficulty 3 out of 4

Grades explained

Grade one: Suitable for people who would like to start walking. Walks are generally 30 minutes on flat grounds with mainly firm surfaces. The walks try to avoid any steps and steep includes.

Grade two: 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 three: 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.