This pebble beach is part of the Saxon Shore Way that runs the length of the Kent coastline. However, if you just fancy a short walk and somewhere pleasant to eat your picnic this little beach will do the trick. It’s a great place for dog walking and finding all sorts of wonderful sea creatures. We’ve found crabs, jellyfish and much more along this stretch of River. If you’re feeling up for a slightly longer walk you can walk from Upnor into Port Werburgh, Hoo.
There is free parking behind the Arethusa Centre and a set of public toilets just opposite this carpark. Upnor village offers a fine selection of pubs that offer wonderful hot food and drink. There is only a few benches within Upnor to sit at, if you’d like to eat on the beach you’ll need to bring your picnic blanket.
The Arethusa Venture Centre is right on the Riverside and does offer open climbing sessions on a saturday, check out their website for more information.
Upnor Castle was completed in 1599 and valiantly tried to defend Medway when the Dutch made their way up the River in 1667. It is an English Heritage site and a great place to spend the afternoon. Have a look at their website for entry information and forthcoming activities.
How to find it…
Upnor Beach, Saxon Shore Way, Hoo, Rochester, ME39TH
What to take
Here’s some things you could take with you:
- Picnic Blanket
- Wellies; it’s pretty muddy at low tide and the children love getting right down to the water and exploring.
- Buckets; to collect your finds (please leave any wildlife where you found it so that it can carry on with its’ life).
- Wet wipes; exploring hands tend to get pretty muddy. The toilets do offer clean running water, but are back at the carpark.