Monthly Parish Walk
Meet 11am Saturday 17 August,
Parish Hall, Frindsbury
We do hope you can make it for our August parish walk to Broomhill Park. There are further details below:
Corner of Church Green and Murray Road ME2 4HJ
This is a buggy-friendly walk
Do join us for this very pleasant walk to and around Broomhill Park. The three mile walk is a varied and attractive urban and park walk. We will stop in the park for long enough for the younger ones to try out the swings and others to visit the human sundial which is up a short steep climb. The walk is otherwise a relatively gentle set of ups and downs with nearly all the walk on footpaths and pavements. We will return for hot or cold drinks, and tasty treats.
Dogs on leads welcome; children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult..
You may wish to bring water and sunscreen/hat.All welcome. Please share, and feel free to invite family, friends and neighbours. Looking forward to seeing all who can come.
Saturday 20 July 11.00am
PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF MEETING PLACE
MEET AT: CLIFFE WOODS VILLAGE CAR PARK (Free) PARKSIDE ME3 8HX
Our super July walk of about 3 miles is a true summer special passing through wild flowers, fields and a major part of Great Chattenden Wood .
Do join us for a great walk, a chat with old friends and new, and the chance to discover a different area, ending with hot and cold drinks and tasty treats in a new venue with a garden setting.
We are meeting in the public car park at Cliffe Woods’ village shops at 11am. The first half of the walk is on quiet roads and footpaths, leaving Cliffe Woods village to walk through fields and meadows, all on level ground, before climbing steadily into Great Chattenden Wood, resting as we go. We then walk through the woods with some descent, before returning to the edge of the village where refreshments await. Directions afterwards downhill back to the car park (7 min walk) will be provided on the day.
Children under 14 must be accompanied. Dogs on leads welcome. As of writing the whole walk is dry underfoot.
The climb into Great Chattenden Wood would be challenging for a buggy, so baby carriers recommended. This walk is not suitable for wheelchairs.
Please bring water to drink and sunscreen/sunhat.
Meet 11am Saturday, 15 June, Parish Hall, Frindsbury ME2 4HJ
This walk is suitable for wheelchairs and buggies
Join us on Saturday 15 June for our next parish walk, the opportunity to chat with old friends and new, and discover some of the surprises of our local area. This month we visit local gardens in Blooming June. A number of the beautiful gardens nearby are having an Open Day, and we will be able to see the product of some of our green-fingered neighbours.
This month we feature two options: either a shorter walk involving visits to up to three gardens close to each other; or a longer walk with a rest at just one garden. We will return for drinks and tasty treats by 12.30pm
Dogs on leads welcome; children under 14 must be accompanied.
All welcome. Please feel free to invite family, friends and neighbours.
11am Saturday 20th April 2019, Easter Saturday
Meet Parish Hall, Frindsbury ME2 4HE
(corner of Church Green and Murray Road)
Walk suitable for buggies
Do join us for our eggstra-special Easter Saturday parish walk, meeting friends, and enjoying some tasty treats and an Easter egg hunt afterwards.
This walk of just over 3 miles starts outside the parish hall, descends Donkey Hill, wanders through the flowers on the Esplanade, and climbs Churchfields to gain spectacular views of the river. We walk back gently past Rochester Castle and the Castle grounds, and return the way we came. We end with hot and cold drinks, tasty treats and the Easter egg hunt in All Saints church.
The walk involves one steep climb by steps. We will take this easy.
Dogs on leads welcome; children under 14 must be accompanied. Please do invite family, friends and neighbours. Everyone is welcome.
Our next walk is on Saturday 16 March at 11am
11am Saturday 16thMarch 2019
Meet UPNOR CHURCH ME2 4UX
(crossroads of Upnor Road and Upchat Road)
Spring is just around the corner, so do join us for our Islingham Farm and Wainscott walk, meeting friends, and enjoying some tasty treats afterwards.
This walk of just under 3 miles starts outside St. Philip and St. James church Upnor, climbs Beacon Hill, and walks on mainly quiet roads and paths through the new part of Wainscott and past Islingham Farm. We cross the dual carriageway using the high footbridge and end with hot or cold drinks, and tasty treats back at Upnor church. Thank you to those who added treats to the table on our last walk.
Please note there is a verge (narrow in places), but no pavement, on the stretch between Upnor church and Frog Island pond, so please take extra care here.
The walk involves some climb and descent.
Dogs on leads welcome; children under 14 must be accompanied.
Please do invite family, friends and neighbours.
PARISH WALK, Saturday 16 February
The mist didn’t lift but spirits were still high on our longer walk to Round Top Wood. Well done to everyone for completing this walk with its extra uphill bits. We were delighted not to find any unexploded ordnance, pleased to reunite two coats with their owners, and it was good to see the treats table in high demand at the end. Thanks to Nicholas and Fiona for the photography; and to Nan and others for super refreshments. Judith and Rob
PARISH WALK, Saturday 19 January
It was wonderful to see everyone, including all the young ones, and have such a great turnout for our walk up Beacon Hill and around Upnor. It might have been a touch chilly but the weather was dry and clear, and the views of the river magnificent. Well done to all for ascending Beacon Hill so easily. It was really good to make so many new friends. Thanks to Nicholas and Sue for the photography; and to Nan and a number of others for super refreshments. A special thanks goes to Ellie and Sultan for overcoming all obstacles to join us, and take our numbers over the fifty mark.
PARISH WALK, Saturday 15 December
This was an opportunity to don Santa hats, reindeer antlers, Christmas jumpers, tinsel etc. Scarves and gloves were also needed. A gentle descent into Strood where we joined local churches to sing tome Christmas Carols and raise funds fo Medway Night Shelter.
PARISH WALK, Saturday 17 November
It was wonderful to see everyone on the November parish walk to Rochester Riverside. We were fortunate to have a warm sunny morning for the walk, and were able to see this major regeneration site as it starts to change. It’s good to know the Riverside Walk will be retained around the whole site once development is complete. For anyone interested in more detail hereis a link to the Rochester Riverside Masterplan.
Thanks to Colin and Jane for the photography and Nan for super refreshments.
PARISH WALK, Saturday 10 October
It was great to see everyone on the October parish walk to Temple Manor. We were blessed by another beautiful sunny morning and were able to spend soe time exploring this medieval centre of hospitality, built and run for the benefit of the Knights Templar in the strangest location imaginable. We saw the Manor at its best and used the interactive tours, just before it closes for the winter. This was one of our shorter walks but we made up for that by a challenging climb back up Donkey Hill. Fortunately a range of drinks and goodies were waiting at the top. Thanks to Pete for the photography, and Nan and Julie for refreshments.
PARISH WALK, Saturday 15 September
It was great to see everyone on the September parish walk to Frog Island Pond and Wainscott Park. We welcomed some new walkers, and were blessed by a beautiful sunny morning and dry conditions underfoot. This was a slightly longer walk than previously, but it was within everyone’s range. The number of grown-ups who took to the outdoor gym was impressive. We’re still looking for water in Frog Island Pond. Thanks to Rob for leading, Julie for contributing to the refreshments, and Nicholas for some great photography. Looking forward to next time.
PARISH WALK, Saturday 18 August
It was great to see everyone on the August parish walk to Broomhill Park. The younger ones enjoyed the swings, some took advantage of the blackberry bushes, some talked of returning to pick damsons, and everyone ascended Everest Lane (well-named) with impressive ease. It was lovely to see new faces as well as returners, Particular thanks to Nan and Julie for their treats after the walk, and to Nicholas for being leader and cameraman. (Ed: the damson cake is in the oven – probably won’t keep for next month’s post-walk refreshments!)
PARISH WALK, Saturday 21 July
Judith writes: “It was great to see everyone on the second parish walk, this time to Rochester Cathedral, braving the heat and a gentle climb back. It was lovely to see some new faces as well as returners from last time, and the chat kept going all the way round.
Particular thanks to Nan for her treats after the walk.
The submarine we passed on Strood riverside was the ‘Black Widow’ a Soviet submarine of the Cold War, based in Riga (capital of Latvia) and rumoured to have carried a number of atomic missiles, which fortunately are no longer installed.
Cycle Route 1, (Donkey Hill and Riverside) could take you from Dover to the Shetlands! That walk will have to wait…
PARISH WALK, Saturday 16 June
Judith writes: ‘What a great day we had for our first parish walk to Upnor. We were waved off by Nicholas. There was the excitement of the tide having only just gone out at the foreshore at Upnor, and sightings of the rare English pyramid orchid. Particular thanks to Nan for such super treats afterwards,’