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Strood to Upnor

Posted in England, Upnor by folkestonejack on September 24, 2011

The promise of good weather for the weekend seemed like a good excuse for a walk along a small section of the Saxon Shore Way from Strood to Upnor. It is a relatively easy walk of just under two miles, assuming you don’t take the scenic route through a nearby industrial estate (I would be the first to admit I have a dreadful sense of direction!).

There are a few points of interest on the walk from Strood, including the sight of an ex-Russian submarine from the Strood riverside, a marvellous view of All Saints church high up on the chalk cliffs and a short piece of track from the military narrow gauge railway to Upnor (embedded in the footpath between Lower and Upper Upnor).

The reward for the walk is a fantastic view across the Medway, the charming high street of Upper Upnor and the intriguing sight of Upnor Castle which faces out onto the river. I would add that the neighbouring pub, the Tudor Rose, serves great home cooked food and offers a good selection of ales.

Upnor Castle has a design unlike any that I have seen before, with a triangular water bastion and palisade facing onto the Medway. The castle was built to protect warships moored upstream at Chatham dockyards – a role that was put to the test in 1667 when the Dutch attacked the British fleet in the Raid on the Medway. The story of the raid is visually illustrated by a fascinating 12 minute long diorama in the main building. Overall, the castle takes about an hour to wander round (with an audio guide) and is well worth a visit.

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  1. […] of events that led to one of the Royal Navy’s worst defeats. I made the trip last year (see Strood to Upnor) and would certainly recommend it. Rate this: Share this:ShareEmailPrintLike this:LikeBe the first […]

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