Medway Valley Walk – Rochester To Aylesford

This bus walk starts at the Esplanade Rochester near Rochester Bridge It goes via Borstal, Wouldham and Burham to Aylesford.

The Arriva 140 and 141 buses go from Chatham Bus station to Rochester and the Arriva bus 155 goes from Aylesford to Maidstone and Chatham.

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If it is your first visit to Rochester you must take a few moments to take in the sites of Rochester including the Castle
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The view down the steps to the Esplanade.
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St Margaret’s Church seen from the Esplanade.
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Short’s Brothers the manufacturer of the Sunderland Flying Boat had a factory in Rochester
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The M2 and High Speed train bridges across the Medway
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Looking back to Rochester. On the right you can see the remains on the Short’s slipway where the flying boats are launched.
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The path continues through the Baty’s Marsh nature reserve.
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The path follows the river for a while and turns left just before you reach the Medway Bridges.
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Follow the signposts through Borstal. The Path turns left after the M2 bridge but before the High Speed rail bridge.
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Turn right and walk through Nashenden Farm. Looking back to see the Oast houses.
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Continue on the way marked path again look back to see the Medway Bridges
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You get spectacular views of the Medway Valley.
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At this point the route follows the same route as the North Downs way
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Continue past the Shoulder of Mutton Wood with it’s ancient earthworks
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When the path join the bridleway take a right turn to Wouldham. However you may wish to take a short detour to a picnic area near Wouldham common where you can get good views of Wouldham Village
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When you reach Wouldham The Church is to the right
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Go through the village and continue along Hall Road and into Old Church Road past the former cement works.
You will see Burham Old Church
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There are views of the North Downs to your left
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Burham Old Church is usually open to have a look round
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Continue along the road and follow a path across a field.
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Turn left and follow a track
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Turn left just after an electricity sub station
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And continue to Ayleford
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Medway Valley Walk – Yalding to Tonbridge

An 8 mile stretch of the Medway Valley walk from Yalding to Tonbridge. Take the 101Arriva bus from the Medway towns to Maidstone the either the 23 or 26 Nu-venture bus to Yalding.

An alternate start from Nettlestead Green could be made taking a number 6 Arriva bus from Maidstone. To return take the nuber 6 Arriva bus to Maidstone the the 101 back to the Medway towns.

Get of the bus in the centre of Yalding near the Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul.
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Cross the bridge over the river Beult a tributary of the Medway.
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Arriving at the river Medway where the Greensand way crosses the Medway valley walk.
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A swing bridge
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This is a popular bathing and fishing place in the summer
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Disused lock
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A popular place for canoeing
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The railway line between Maidsone and Paddock wood crosses here
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The A228 bridge near East Peckham
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East Peckham Bridge
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One of the many locks on this stretch of the river.
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Footbridge
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looking up-river
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A view across the river
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Go past another footbridge
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I’m sure the path should follow closer to the river here, but there is an alternative footpath.
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Oak weir lock
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The locks have a weir for canoes and fish
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Another lock
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looking back downstream
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A pillbox from the second world war. The river Medway was line of defence
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The road from Golden green to Tudeley
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yet another lock
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industrial bridge from the gravel pit
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arriving in Tonbridge
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Part of Tonbridge Castle
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Medway bridge Tonbridge
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