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West to East - Maidstone West

Medway Valley Rail Trails

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Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 4.2 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
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Overview :  A 4.2 mile / 6.8km walk from Maidstone West train station to East Farleigh train station along the beautiful River Medway.

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Tips:  Distance: 4.2 miles/ 6.8km
Time: 2 hours approximately
Terrain: The walk is slightly hilly and paths may become muddy. No stiles and ... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Archbishop's Palace

On the opposite bank you will see the Archbishop’s Palace. The land was owned by the Archbishops of Canterbury from the 8th century, but the buildings seen today date from the 13th and 14th centuries.

2. Plant life

Look out for the plants, including vetch, meadowsweet, fool’s watercress and comfrey that you may see along this stretch. The entrance to the tunnel is covered with traveller’s joy and bramble, both good hiding places for birds or small mammals as well as being a source of food for many insects.

3. Ragstone

A crumbly ragstone wall to your left is home to many creatures, and wild strawberries grow by the remains of the ruined shed.

4. Fant Nature Reserve

The nature reserve is on your right. Continue up to the main road and turn left down the track between the orchards and red brick wall; from here there are good views of the valley. Look for blackbirds and fieldfares, which thrive on the hedgerows.

5. Oast House

As you emerge from the leafy hawthorn tunnel, take an immediate left turn. From here you can view the oast house and the countryside beyond.

6. Wildlife

Goldcrests and and long-tailed tits can be seen in the hedgerow.

7. Cedar tree

Through the orchards the footpath continues towards a majestic veteran cedar tree, starlings often gather on it.

8. Wildlife

Along the riverside towpath, wrens, jays, herons, cormorants, and moles can be found along with ramsons, comfrey, horsetail and cobnuts.

Lying head of you, East Farleigh Bridge is said to be the finest medieval bridge in the South of England.