Saxon Shore Way – Iwade to Sittingbourne

A nine-mile walk along the Saxon Shore Way from Iwade to Sittingbourne. Take the 101 Arriva bus to Maidstone then the 334 to Iwade or take the 326 or 327 to Key Street then the 334 to Iwade.

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Walk past the Woolpack.

Across the road is the All Saints Church Iwade,

Continue North through the village at a fork in the road there is a footpath on the left. Continue, joining the Saxon Shore Way to Raspberry Hill Lane where the path takes a left turn then a right turn continue out towards Chetney Marches. In the distance you may see the remains of Grain Power Station, however, the distinctive chimney has now gone.

The path turns right towards Sheppey Bridge.

Pass under the new bridge

and also the old one.

Turn right when you see the navigation tower at Ridham Dock

Follow along the top of an embankment

Past Ridham Dock

Through a gate the down over a disused railway siding

The pack goes back up onto the embankment

The path turns left past the main entrance to the docks

Then continues back to the Swale where you turn right

Follow the coast round

Leaving the Swale and entering Milton Creek

Past Churchfields Wharf and Eastwoods Wharf

An old wooden wreck

Past Gransden Wharf

The iconic water tower has been demolished

Leaving Milton Creek

The Saxon Shore Way goes on the roads through Sittingbourne

Take the left turn then a left fork and turn right under the railway bridge. Follow the road round to the station and past Lang’s bar and cocktail lounge, formerly the Globe and Engine pub.

The bus stop is across the A2. Either take the 326/327 back to Chatham or the 333/334 to Maidstone then the 101.

Saxon Shore Way – Rochester to Gillingham

A six-mile walk along the Saxon Shore way from Rochester to Gillingham

Take the 176 or 191 bus to the Strand.

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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.

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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Hadlow to Shipbourne Bus Walk

A seven-mile circular walk from Hadlow college to Shipbourne. Take the 101 bus to Maidstone then the 7 bus to Hadlow College.

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Bearsted To Detling Bus Walk

An 8-mile walk starting from the junction at Hog Hill and The Street Bearsted.

To get there take the no 9 bus from Maidstone or the train to Bearsted Station.

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The walk takes you past the Holy Cross Church Bearsted and the Cock Horse Inn Detling

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Bearsted Bus Walk

A 5.7-mile walk starting from the junction at Hog Hill and The Street Bearsted.

To get there take the no 9 bus from Maidstone or the train to Bearsted Station.

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The walk will take you past the Holy Cross Church and the Oak on the Green Pub.

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Allhallows to Hoo

An eight-mile walk from Allhallows to Hoo. Take the Arriva 191 bus to Allhallows on sea. The first section of this route is not for the fainthearted. The walk can be started at Allhallows Caravan Park or from the British Pilot Pub.

 

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Hadlow to West Peckham

Take the 101 bus from Chatham then the 7 bus to Hadlow. Get off the Bus at the Two Brewers Pub.

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Points of interest on the route
Oxon Hoath
Swan on the Green West Peckham
St Dunstan’s Church West Peckham
Duke’s Place
St Michael’s Church, East Peckham
Roydon Hall

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Teston To East Malling and Barming

Take the no 7 bus from Maidstone to  Teston Country Park.

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The walk passes the King and Queen, East Malling and The Redstart Inn Barming pubs

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