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The Rochester Trail

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The Rochester Trail

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The Rochester Trail


The Rochester Trail


The Rochester Trail

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The Rochester Trail

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The Rochester Greenspaces Trail follows a route from the heart of Rochester, southwards through Rochester to Borstal.

Rochester has exceptionally rich heritage. In the centre, Rochester Cathedral and Castle are nationally important, with many other historic buildings and notable figures associated with the area.  However, the layers of Rochester’s heritage extend beyond the well-known centre.

There is a legacy of a defensive heritage, with forts located on hill tops overlooking the river. There is pioneering industry, including the Short Brothers seaplane factory. The River Medway was once a bustling location of cement works, saltings, quarries and boat building, forming part of the cultural heritage of Medway. This industry has long gone, but nature is making its home, for example at Baty’s Marsh Local Nature Reserve, one of the few remaining salt marshes in the urban Medway estuary.

As well linking this heritage, the trail passes through the many greenspace sites of Rochester. These are the ‘green heart’ of Rochester and each has a different character. Four of these greenspaces have active Friends groups which are run by volunteers. Find out more by following this trail.

The main trail links the centre of Rochester to the southern part of Rochester and is 6 miles (9.5 km) long. You should allow 2.5 to 3 hours to follow the whole route. This route is marked by green waymarkers. There is also a linking route, which is marked by blue waymarkers. This linking route is 1.2 miles (2 km) long.

Following the northern part of the green route and the blue route is 5 km/3miles. You should allow 1.5 hours.

Following the southern part of the green route and the blue route is 8.5km/5.3 miles. You should allow 2 to 2.5 hours.

The Rochester Trail

You can get a copy of The Rochester Trail from Medway Visitor Information Centre and at Medway Libraries or click here for a PDF version.


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