Strood is where the Medway Valley line meets the North Kent line and High Speed 1 and is just across the River Medway from Rochester. Strood lies on the edge of marshy land alongside the River Medway. The chalk hills of the North Downs have been breached at this point, forming a river cliff rising to 100 ft directly behind. Stroll across Rochester Bridge and visit the historic High Street with it’s many restaurants and unique shops, Rochester Castle and the Cathedral. Alternatively, take a stroll to Upnor Castle.
Tourist information for the Medway area can be found here
Walks Around Strood
The Knights and Kingfishers Walk is 4.7 miles long and begins at Strood train station. Walk along the River Medway past historic landmarks and into the beautiful countryside. Click on the link or image to download the map.
Knights and Kingfishers
The Strood Community Trail offers a five mile route exploring the many varied and wonderful aspects of the town.
A stroll across the bridge brings you to the Rochester Trail. Choose either a 3 or 6 mile circular walk exploring Rochester's defensive and industrial heritage, linked through the town's green spaces, or try the Rochester Quiz Trail, a 1.2 mile walk around Rochester. A fun family activity with local facts and stories to enjoy as you walk around the historic town at your own pace.
Cycle Rides Near Strood
Strood station is a short distance from National Cycle Route 1, so is ideal for starting a cycle ride around Medway. The town has many retail outlets, both in the town and in a nearby retail park.
Pilgrims Cycle Trail - From Strood Station you can cross over the Rochester Bridge and head for Rochester Cathedral. Here you can embark on a mammoth 47 mile cycle route following the historic Pilgrims Way.
North Downs Way Riders' Route - Ride through 1000s of years of history on the magnificent North Downs Way National Trail Riders' Route. The optional route connecting the main trail to Upnor Castle passes Strood station.
We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness.
However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes.
Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces.
Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.