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Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

Following the latest government guidance, our health walking groups will continue to be postponed.

We are currently building our roadmap to bring our walks back in a safe way. We will be following all government guidance.

Please check back regularly for the new timetables.

You can still enjoy walking outdoors in a Medway park. Under the latest local restrictions, please follow the rule of 6 if you go out with members from different households.

Self-guided walks

Why not try our self-guided walks. We have eleven 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.

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 are 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

These walks take place once a month on a Saturday. The walks are aimed at people who want to challenge their walking fitness. They last 2 hours and may involve walking uphill, across muddy terrain and steps. 

We'll update this page when they resume.

Regular walks

We will be updating this page over the coming months. Check back regularly to see when our groups will be resuming.

Location Day and time About the walk 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

7 June 2021

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

To be confirmed

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

The Mast Tower walking group

Meeting at Dockyard Visitor's Entrance, ME4 4TY

5 July 2021

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

Strood Community walk

Meeting at Strood Community Hub, ME2 4TJ

1 June 2021

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 Hiking Group

Meeting outside Cuxton Library, ME2 1EY

To be confirmed

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

To be confirmed

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

14 July 2021

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

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)

9 June 2021

Walk lasts between 30 and 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)

16 June 2021

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)

3 June 2021

Walk lasts 1 hour.

Grade 2 difficulty.

Walk difficulty 2 out of 4

Park Club Walk

Meeting at Park Club, ME5 0LU

To be confirmed

 

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

10 June 2021

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

17 June 2021

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

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

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

2 July 2021

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

To be confirmed

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

To be confirmed

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 inclines.

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.