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Trip Report Off-Beat Day Trip from London: Chatham, Isle of Sheppey, Rochester...

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If you've done all the usual day trips from London and looking for some places that see relatively few foreign tourists head east of London to Kent and the historic twin towns of Chatham and Rochester and dip down to the Isle of Sheppey to Sheerness.

I did this all by train - first to Chatham - a nice but not spectacular town - my main aim was to visit the historic Royal Navy Dockyard.(http://www.thedockyard.co.uk/) to marvel at the once awesome and still formidable British naval history in its museums and artifacts and old ship repair/construction buildings.

As it turned out they were staging one of those ubiquitous WW2 re-enactments there so seeing the Nazi Swatiska on uniforms at first unnerved me.

Next it was hoofing it back to Chatham to catch a train to Sittingbourne where a shuttle train took me from that station across a bridge to the Isle of Sheppey and the fading (terribly!) seaside resort town of Sheerness. I walked thru the nice enough High Street with its weathered old buildings - took a look at the largely deserted beach (twas August!) had a can of strong cider on the beach and headed back to the train station.

Next stop: Rochester and Rochester Cathedral - Rochester was a thriving regional town (so was Chatham but I liked Rochester a tad more. I walked the few miles from Chatham to Rochester.

Well it weren't the most awesome day trip I've ever took from London but it was one of the most fun - just did not know what to expect.

Anyone have comments to make on their visits to those three places?


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