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Medway Valley Line Rail Trails

rail-trailsUsing 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.

knights“Knights & Fishers”

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.
coppice“Coppice & Corncockle”

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.
farming“Farming & Ferries”

A 6.2 mile walk from Halling to Cuxton station through marshland, rare beech and yew woodland on the top of the Downs and attractive farmland in the lower valley.
farms“Farms & Downs”

A 4.5 mile circular route (with optional 2.6 mile extension) through farmland and woodland with stunning views across the valley below.
lakes “Lakes & Marshes”
New Hythe

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.

pits“Pits & Pilgrims”

A 7.1 mile circular walk through the beautiful landscape of the Kent Downs, with remnants of a rich Neolithic and industrial past dotted along the way.
reptiles“Reptiles & Rebellions”
Maidstone Barracks

A 4 mile circular route from the middle of Maidstone through the town centre, Vinters Valley Nature Reserve and woodland.
westtoeast“West to East”
Maidstone West

A 4.2 mile walk from Maidstone West to East Farleigh station along the beautiful River Medway.
kettles “Kettles & Crossings”
East Farleigh

A 2.7 mile circular route through orchards with beautiful views of the surrounding countryside.
river“The River & Yew”

A 1.8 mile circular walk (with optional 2.9 mile extension) through the delightful countryside of Nettlestead.
hills “Hills & Hoppers”
A 6.2 mile walk (with optional 3.1 mile extension) to Wateringbury station through stunning farmland and woodland.
hops“Hops & Locks”

A 4 mile walk to Yalding station through countryside, orchards and wetland.
oasts“Oasts & Orchards”
Paddock Wood

A 5.3 mile circular route through the town, beautiful farmland and woodland.

surveyform Rail Trails Survey

We’d like to hear your thoughts on the rail trail pack and the specific trail(s) you have completed. Please click on the survey form above to complete an online survey. It should take no more than 5 minutes. Thank you.

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.

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.

stroodcommunitytrailA 5 mile trail around Strood taking in its streets, green spaces and riverside heritage.
snodlandcommunitytrailsA 3 mile walk around the historic centre of Snodland, exploring its rich heritage and admiring its historic buildings.
aylesfordcommunitytrailA 6 mile walk around Aylesford and the surrounding countryside plus other, shorter walks exploring Eccles, Blue Bell Hill and Walderslade.

Visit the “Valley of Visions” website.

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