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Medway Valley Walk

The Medway valley Walk is 49 km or 29 mile walk from Rochester to Tonbridge in Kent (officially the other way round). As the name suggests it follows the valley of the River Medway and for the most part the route is alongside the River and rarely strays far from it. The walking is very easy, being very level and with no hills to worry about, it passes though a variety of landscapes such as downloads, woodlands and farmlands. It also passes though a number of towns and villages or passes a number of cafes and pubs so it is easy to do the walk without carry too much if you’re willing to buy lunch. There are many old villages with ancient churches, a number of castle to be seen along the route, making it historically interesting if you have the time to visit these sites.

The route is well signposted and it’s pretty difficult to get lost as you basically follow the course of the river, however the route does cross over from bank to bank at various times so a map or digital mapping is required. I used the OS Maps app on my phone and on my tablet, but a map and a compass would be equally as good. Transport to and from the walk is also pretty good, they’re being train stations at either end and also at Maidstone which is about half way along the walk. There are many additional stations that could be used to break the walk up into smaller days, than the 2 that we took to do the walk.

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