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Cycling in Medway - The Heron Trail

The Sustrans Regional Route 18 has now been renamed to National Cycle Route 179. It links with Route 1 of the Sustrans National Cycle Network to provide a circular cycle trail which connects the villages of Higham, Cliffe, Cooling, High Halstow, Hoo and Upnor. This trail is 18 miles (29km) long and takes about two and a half hours to cycle. In Autumn 2013 Medway Council invested £10,000 in new signing on the route.

The cycle trail provides a combination of rural and maritime interest, with spectacular views of the River Medway and River Thames. There are several detour routes, including the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) Northward Hill reserve famed for the herons which have given the trail its name.

Go to the Heron Trail map.

On the way are spectacular rural and estuary views and you can visit several places of historical interest, including castles, churches and houses and also enjoy good resting places and pubs.