The sea covers the first part of the walk along the shore, so make sure you avoid high tide. Click here for tide timetables
The walk is 4-5 miles and takes around 2.5 hours and is a good walk for all seasons.
How to Get There
Easy to get to, through the Blackwall Tunnel and along the A2 to junction 1 on the M2, then A289 and a short journey on the small roads to the car park at Upnor Castle. Don't be tempted to start the walk any further towards Rochester, it's a let down.
Tea and Cake
The are several pubs in Upnor. Alternatively Rochester is brimming with tea shops, the Cathedral cafe serves lovely cream teas in a delightful garden.
I'd recommend a 'there and back walk' as the circular walk is rather boring. The purple line is the route.
The short diversion down Upnor's short cobbled street with its traditional Kent weather boarded houses is well worth it. At the end you look across the estuary to Chatham docks. Upnor Castle was built to defend this hugely important dockyard in the 16th Century.
|Upnor's Cobbled Street with good views of the river Medway at the end.|
After Lower Upnor you just walk along the beach.
|The beach walk along the Medway|
The muddy estuary is dotted with loads of waders and other birds. When you reach the power station just turn back and retrace your steps and enjoy a new set of vistas as you return.
|The estuary at low tide with waders dotted around.|
Around a mile into the beach walk you would have come across the remains of a red brick building, another remnant of our maritime history, Cockham Wood Fort.
|Cockham Wood Fort (Richard Cruttwell)|
|The Dutch in the Medway William Scellinks 1667 (with Upnor Castle silhouetted in the flames)|