Stage 02: Cooling to Gillingham — Saxon Shore Way
Includes segments that go up or down a series of steps
You may need to carry your bike.
Dan Hobson planned a hike.
January 24, 2020
This stage crosses the heart of the Hoo Peninsula and introduces the majestic River Medway as it rolls towards the Thames.You start by following county lanes out of Cooling, after which you pass through a farm and step straight into RSPB Northward Hill Nature Reserve, a haven for birds overlooking the Thames Marshes.The trail climbs through woodland on Northward Hill and then descends gradually through farmland to the north bank of the River Medway.You follow the river west through Hoo Marina Park and continue through woodland and urban areas to Strood, where you cross the Medway via Rochester Bridge.Once in Rochester, it is worth taking some time to explore. Notable highlights include the 12th-century castle, as well as Rochester Cathedral, which was founded in 604 AD.You follow the south bank of the Medway out of Rochester to Brompton and then head inland to the town of Gillingham, where this stage finishes.Gillingham has an excellent range of accommodation, places for food and drink, shops, and other attractions.
February 3, 2020