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Local Environment, Walks and Footpaths in
Frindsbury Extra Parish 

We are pleased to have the services of a Footpaths Officer, Mr Robert Taylor and an Assistant Footpaths Officer Oliver Hule, both of whom keep us informed about the condition of our local public rights of way.  Along with our Tree Wardens, Mrs Marilyn Campbell, Lindsey Hargreaves and Karen Seymour who survey the condition of trees within the parish, we endeavour to maintain good paths and environment for the enjoyment of all.

One of the most interesting, historic and dramatic walking routes passes through our Parish.  It is the Saxon Shore Way. Get more information and routes.

Set out below for you are three parish walks to choose from.  They can be easily followed using the directions (see below). 

Map of Public Footpaths in Frindsbury Extra Parish


There is also this map for your use.  (Click the map for a version to download and print.)

As well as local walks in Frindsbury Extra Parish, why not look at Kent County Councils' own suggestions for exploring within the county.   Go to

Or try the Walking in Kent web site for other ideas.

Aerial view of Frindsbury Extra. Image produced from the service with permission of Landmark Information Group Ltd. and Ordnance Survey

Aerial view of Frindsbury Extra. Image produced from the service with permission of Landmark Information Group Ltd. and Ordnance Survey

 A Circular Walk Around the Parish

by Robert Taylor (Footpath Officer)

Distance - Approx. 4.25 miles

Time - 2.5 hours
See a Sketch map with green arrows.

   View across fields from Upchat Road

The walk starts in Cooling Road at the junction with Hilltop Road, although it can be accessed at any point as it is a circular route. Walk down Cooling Road to the junction with Hollywood Lane. Turn left and immediately right onto Lower Rochester Road. Continue over the by-pass flyover and take footpath No. 118 on the right. When the footpath widens follow the paved path to Higham Road. Cross the road and continue straight ahead to another road and turn right. Continue along road and after the pond turn left onto the military road. After about 50 yards cross the wooden footbridge on the right and go over the stile. Follow the left hand side of the field until you reach another stile. Go over the stile and turn right then follow the edge of the field to Four Elms Hill. Carefully cross Four Elms Hill, turn left and shortly take the footpath on the right. Follow the footpath across the field exiting onto Upchat Road. Stop to admire the views of Rochester, Frindsbury and Wainscott. Cross Upchat Road and follow footpath through woods, running parallel with the road, ignoring the path to the left. On reaching the road turn left. At this point it's possible to make a diversion into Lower Upnor by following the road, or to continue the route take the footpath on the right at the bend in the road.

Above: view from Upchat Road

Go steps and follow path into Upper Upnor passing Upper Castle House gates. Continue straight on then turn left at The Kings Arms. Go down the cobbled High Street and at the bottom admire the river views. Turn right and take the path along the river edge, it then bears right and follows a high fence. Eventually, cross Anthony's Way at the crossing and follow the footpath. At the next road turn left and take the footpath next to the Tithe Barn entrance. At the end turn right and follow the fence around two sides of the quarry. When the quarry fence bears left by a way marker go straight ahead onto Frindsbury Hill. Cross the road and take the footpath opposite, cross another road and continue straight ahead into Hilltop Road. Turn left and follow the road back to Cooling Road.



Breakfast Walk (About 1½ hours)

On a nice morning set off from the B2000 alongside the Wainscott by-pass. Take the footpath (FP)118. Walk down through Blacklands Farm. Cross Higham road, staying on FP118, crossing farmland. This will take you up through the woods and out onto the army road at Chattenden. If you turn right and walk the road you will come to a roundabout. Turn right again and you can walk a made-up footpath down the hill which brings you to Islingham Farm pond near the Higham army workshops. From here turn left, bringing you back again to Higham Road. Turn left over the by-pass bridge, then on the right take FP129. Follow this until you come out onto Hollywood Lane. This walk will give you much to see naturewise, especially birds, it also gives you tranquillity before returning home for a hearty breakfast. Note that this walk can be muddy at times.

Parish View Walk  (No time limit)

This walk can take you as long as you like for it will pass some local hostelries! Start at the Royal Oak in Cooling Road and walk along Hilltop Road and Cypress Road. After the Sans Pareil pub, take FP124 across Frindsbury Hill and continue on FP328. You will have views across the parish and you will pass the thirteenth century tithe barn and the Manor House. FP 121 will then bring you down to the roundabout at Anthony's Way. Cross over and continue on this footpath, which will take you past the army pontoon basins, giving you views of the river and the old Chatham Dockyard. The path then brings you to the High Street in Upper Upnor, passing the King's Arms and Tudor Rose before reaching Upnor Castle (not a pub, but a real castle, open to the public) which dates back to Elizabeth I's reign (1559). After refreshments continue along the road to Frog Island and take FP125 by the Tennis and Cricket Clubs. Follow FP125 across the fields and across the by-pass, pass Wainscott Primary School, turn right into Wainscott Road. You then come to The Stag. Continue along Wainscott Road to Hollywood Lane, turn left and make your way back to Cooling Road. I hope you will have enjoyed not only the walk but also aspects of the parish.


93 Upnor front east to parish boundary
118 Lower Rochester Road B2000 to Lee Green Road
119 Four Elms Hill to Islingham Farm Road
120 Cooling Road to join RR2 from Cliffe Road
121 Manor Farm (Parsonage Lane) to Upper Upnor
122 Castle Street, Upper Upnor via sewage works to meet RS121 (Saxon Shore Way)
124 Frindsbury Hill to Bill Street
125 Wainscott village to Upnor Road
126, 126A Lower Upnor to Upper Upnor via castle wall
127 Lower Upnor to join RS116 (Elm Avenue, Hoo St Werburgh)
128 Four Elms Hill to Upchat Road and Upnor Road
129 Hollywood Lane to Higham Road
131 Access via RR1 Brompton Farm Road to join NS137
136 Lower Upnor to Upchat Road via RS116
326 Frindsbury hill to Anthony's Way
327 Continuation of RS326 to join RS121
328 Frindsbury Hill to Manor Farm (Parsonage Lane)

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photograph of Upper Upnor High Street

photograph of houses in Upnor High Street

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