Using Medway Valley Line train services is a terrific way of exploring the Medway Valley. There are a wide range of walks in towns, country and along the river.
Whether you want beautiful countryside, coastal scenery, industrial archaeology or military history, you can access them all via the Medway Valley Line and Swalerail. And what better way to explore than to follow one of the walks listed below.
Click onto the leaflet covers against each walk to download a copy of the leaflet describing the walk and what can be seen.
The Community Rail Partnership has (in partnership with Valley of Visions Countryside Project) produced a pack of 13 walks – one from each station along the Medway Valley Line.
A 4.7 mile circular walk from Strood along the river Medway, past historic landmarks and through pockets of stunning countryside nestled in the suburbs of Strood.
A 5 mile circular walk through stunning chalk downland and farmland of Ranscombe Farm, past the impressive Darnley Mausoleum and through the and through Cuxton village.
A 4.5 mile circular route (with optional 2.6 mile extension) through farmland and woodland with stunning views across the valley below.
A 2.9 mile walk (with optional loop of 1.4 miles) from New Hythe to Snodland station taking in fantastic scenery and wildlife in the wetland areas of Leybourne Lakes, Holborough Marshes and the River Medway.
A 4 mile circular route from the middle of Maidstone through the town centre, Vinters Valley Nature Reserve and woodland.
A 4.2 mile walk from Maidstone West to East Farleigh station along the beautiful River Medway.
A 1.8 mile circular walk (with optional 2.9 mile extension) through the delightful countryside of Nettlestead.
YaldingA 6.2 mile walk (with optional 3.1 mile extension) to Wateringbury station through stunning farmland and woodland.
A 5.3 mile circular route through the town, beautiful farmland and woodland.
Medway Valley Countryside Partnership
The Rail Partnership is working with the Medway Valley Countryside Partnership to encourage access to the local countryside, particularly by train. Several new walk leaflets have been published and describe walks that can be easily reached from Medway Valley Line stations. You can download the leaflets of some of the walks below, together with leaflets aimed at youngsters to help them spot local wildlife and features.
- Walk: Wateringbury Station to Teston Bridge and return
- Walk: Yalding Station circular walk via Nettlestead Green
- Spotters Leaflet: Wildlife
- Spotters Leaflet: Heritage
Find out more about the Medway Valley Countryside Partnership.
The North Downs Way Lost Landscapes Project has also produced a very informative leaflet describing a circular walk starting from Cuxton Station. Download this Local Heritage leaflet.
Valley of Visions
“Valley of Visions” is a landscape partnership scheme that aims to conserve and enhance the heritage landscapes and biodiversity of the Medway Gap – the area of the Medway Valley from Allington Lock to the mouth of the river.
With five Medway Valley Line stations within the area, the Community Rail Partnership is working with “Valley of Visions” to help promote sustainable access to the local countryside.
Valley of Visions are producing a series of “Community Trails in the Medway Gap leaflets that describe walks in their area. Several of these include walks that go by Medway Valley Line stations. Click on the images below to download the Community Trails leaflets for Strood, Snodland and Aylesford.
Visit the “Valley of Visions” website.