Wateringbury to Maidstone via Nettlestead and Barming

A 9-mile walk from Wateringbury to Maidstone via Nettlestead and Barming. Take the 101 bus to Maidstone then the 7 bus to Wateringbury

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The Medway GHQ (General Head Quarters Line) was part of the world war 2 defences of  Britain after the fall of Dunkirk. You can find part of these defences just along the A26 from the Wateringbury crossroad where there is a pillbox, there are many to be seen along the walk.

Grandsden a six bedroom Georgian house formerly owned by Rear-Admiral John Harold Young

Another second world war connection is the route of PLUTO – the Pipeline Under The Ocean.

Turn left into Love Lane.

Past a stream with a waterfall

Brattles Mill, a grade 2 listed watermill

Turn left onto a footpath.

The footpath was muddy after rain in January.

Turn right onto the B2015 past the Wateringbury village sign.

Turn right onto a footpath and then left, follow the footpath to the B2015

Cross the B2015 into an unmarked lane leading to Nettlestead Church.

Nettlestead Church.

Go through the Churchyard and exit under an arch.

The path from the Church towards the river, there are two styles at the level crossing over the railway.

Turn left at the river towards Maidstone.

Swans and geese at Wateringbury.

A cygnet on the River Medway

The muddy path and view across the river.

A view I’ve photographed many times throughout the year.

Approaching Teston Country Park we came away from the river.

View across the valley.

Tree with bunches of mistletoe.


Teston Bridge note the flooded footpath.

Teston Bridge

Path toward Barming

Another WW2 Pillbox

Turn left and go up the hill opposite Barming Bridge

The Bull Pub at Barming

Go back down the hill and turn left into a footpath.

Past an orchard

East Farliegh Church can be seen in the distance.

The path widens into track. At the end of the track turn right, follow the road and turn right again. Just after the level crossing take a turning to the right and follow the signs untill you reach the river, you will see East Farliegh Church up the hill on the other side of the river.

Turn left under East Farleigh bridge.

Walk past East Farleigh locks in the direction of Maidstone.

Cross over the river at Maidstone. Catch the 101 bus back to Chatham.

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Bearsted to Maidstone via Caring

Take the 101 Arriva bus to Maidstone then pick up the number 9 bus to Bearstead.  Get off the bus at the Rose pub on the A20.


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Keeping the Rose pub on your left follow the A20 until you reach a public footpath on the right. The footpath will soon open out giving you a view across.the Len Valley

Walked past a pond where the river widens.

Cross the field and go over a footbridge and a style.

Go straight ahead and follow Caring Road in the direction of Leeds.

Past a tree covered in ivy.

A lake on the left.


And a garden pond on the right.

Take a left turn into Caring Lane.

The road was flooded at the bottom of the hill.

Go up the hill and at the top you will see a footpath on the left.

Follow the path across the golf course.

The waymark can be seen in the distance.

Cross the horse’s fields.

Cross the A20 and turn left. Cross Roundwell and take a footpath on the right.

Through the gate into the park owned by The Bearsted Woodland Trust.

Off the path on the right is a carved horse.

Back on the footpath there is a Green Man carved in another tree.

The other side has a heart. There was originally a bench carved into the tree but that has rotted away.

The path continues past a house.

And over a bridge follow the path round to the right.

And continue until you reach Bearsted Church.

Walk down Church Lane until you reach the village green and further on the right, the Oak on the Green pub.

From pub go to the farthest corner of the green past Snowfield Cottage a grade 2 listed building.

Past the village pond.

Much of the walk to Maidstone is along urban streets. Follow Yeoman Lane,  turn right into Tower Lane. Turn left into Roseacre Lane then right again into Plantation Lane. The road changes in Fauchon’s lane before becoming a private lane and eventually a public footpath.

The path drops steeply into a valley with a small stream at the bottom and climbs steeply to a railway bridge.

Turn left after the Railway Bridge, the path continues into Grosvenor Road South. Turn left into Weavering Street and Cross the A20 into Mote Park. Follow the path to the Lake and turn right.

Cross the bridge.

Pass the waterfall.

Leave the park and continue to the town and get the 101 bus back to Medway.

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