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Car-free adventures aroundRochesterKent

A huge historic dockyard, a Norman castle, England's second oldest cathedral, and connections with the novelist Charles Dickens... and all this just forty minutes from London by train. You can get to Rochester, on the banks of the River Medway, via trains from King's Cross or Victoria. Once you've arrived, there's a picturesque and compact town centre to explore and a mind-blowing sprawl of boat-related history in neighbouring Chatham with trains and buses to take you to the door.

  1. 3. Further afield

    Rochester is close to several long distance paths, including the ‘Saxon Shore‘ and the epic North Downs Way, which covers 150 miles of rolling wooded countryside from Farnham in Surrey to the white cliffs of Dover. The stretch that runs close to Rochester has some lovely old farms and flowering meadows.

    • Stroll over Rochester Bridge to Strood for great views across the river to the castle and catch the train from Strood to Cuxton. It’s a mile from the station to Ranscombe Farm Country Park (see map below). You can simply have a wander through the countryside here or hike along the North Downs Way, through woods and valleys to Halling, about six miles away, or all the way to Otford – 15 miles distant with a station right by the route.
    • The North Downs Way has recently produced an Ale Trail with some of Kent and Surrey’s breweries – perfect for car-free travel.

Look out for the Good Journey Mark – where car-free visitors are welcome and enjoy a discount

Visit car-free in 2020!