Istead Rise to Rochester

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1066 Harold’s Way Walk 5

Traverse the Downs plateau from Istead Rise to Cobham and through the woods of Cobham Park and Mill Hill to the North Downs Way.

The reclaimed, regenerated and rejuvenated Jeskyn’s Country Park can be a bleak beauty for there is little cover when the wind blows. The Sentinels that guard the eastern gate will provoke your imagination.

The Darnley Mausoleum has been restored, but the railings say ‘do not touch’.

Follow the Strood Community Trail into Rochester for views of Rochester, the Castle, Cathedral and the River Medway.

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Rochester Castle

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Cobham The Leather Bottle



Southeastern Trains from London Bridge to Meopham or Gravesend, return from Rochester.

1066 Walks

1066 Harold’s Way is a 100 mile long distance walk, accessible by public transport, devised, created and written to follow King Harold II on his epic journey from Westminster Abbey to Battle. There are castles and battle sites, rivers, streams and valleys to cross, forests to forge and hills to climb, Roman roads, green lanes and ancient foot-paths to walk.

Celebrate the 950th Anniversary of the Battle of Hastings in 2016 and walk 1066 Harold’s Way.

In 2017, the second walk, ‘1066 Harold’s Way The Final Journey’, will be published. This will be a walk from Battle Abbey to Bosham that will follow the progress of the funeral cortege of King Harold II after the Battle of Hasting. It is a new 80 mile long distance path that will traverse Sussex from east to west, along Saxon trackways and Roman roads that follows a legend that he was first laid to rest at Bosham, near Chichester. It is a good story and a good walk.

For more information visit:

1066 Harold’s Way

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Southeastern Trains

The Leather Bottle

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