Did you know that walking briskly for just 10 continuous minutes counts as exercise? It’s easier than you think to fit into your day!

“Active 10” is an app which aims to encourage people to take brisk walks of at least 10 minutes every day. A brisk 10 minute walk every day can make a difference to your health. Each 10 minute burst of exercise is known as an “Active 10”. Click here for more information on the app.

Kent Sport has developed 10 walking routes that can be enjoyed from the centre of Kent and Medway’s largest towns. Each route consists of at least one “Active 10”, and – because each one starts from a town centre – is designed to fit around your daily life: work, shopping or meeting up with friends.

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Rochester Esplanade and Churchfields

Total length: 1.1 miles
No. Active 10s: 1-2

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Historic Rochester lies on the banks of the River Medway and boasts a castle and cathedral, as well as a charming town centre with plenty of characterful buildings and independent shops, cafes and restaurants. The river loops around Rochester just moments from the town centre, and there are several excellent places to walk and enjoy the views across the water.

This Active 10 walking route is 1.1 miles long in its entirety, consisting of between one and two complete Active 10s if you walk the whole route. However, feel free to walk as little or as much of the route as you feel able to.

Starting on the corner of the High Street and Boley Hill, head along Boley Hill towards the castle and then turn right onto Baker’s Walk. Emerging onto the Esplanade, cross over the road and walk through the gardens before crossing back over the road and walking across Churchfields from one corner to the other. Turn left onto Backfields and then left again onto St. Margaret Street, and continue back to rejoin Boley Hill close to the starting point of the walk.

Why not give this Active 10 walking route a try next time you’re in Rochester city centre? Whether it’s during your lunchbreak from work, or taking a break from a shopping trip, this Active 10 walking route is sure to help you move towards a healthier lifestyle.


Active 10 is part of the One You campaign, helping people move towards healthier lifestyles. In Kent, there is the One You Kent campaign. Visit www.kent.gov.uk/oneyou for more information on the campaign. To download the Active 10 app for iOS or Android, visit www.nhs.uk/active10 or search for “Active 10” in the App Store or Google Play.