Beltring – Medway Valley Line

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There has been a station at Beltring since 1909 and was originally known as Beltring and Banbridges halt.

Less than a mile from the station is the Hop Farm Country Park which is a venue for weddings and events and has a family park,  including  many children’s activities. However,  it is recommended that to visit the hop farm that you travel on to Paddock Wood and either take a taxi or a number 6 Arriva bus to the access the Hop Farm safely as the road from Beltring station is very busy and does not have a safe crossing point..

Featuring the world’s largest collection of Victorian oast houses, Beltring was  a major supplier of hops to London breweries in the 19th and 20th centuries. Families across the South East and beyond used to spend the summer holidays working in the rolling countryside around the Hop Farm, harvesting hops and preparing them to be transported. 

The hop packets were delivered to the train station using the strength of the famous Shire horses. Visit The Hop Farm and you can learn more about its history and even meet the Shire horses in the stables.

Less than two miles walk along country lanes,  is the hamlet of Laddingford and here there is a 15th century inn,  The Chequers, which also has accommodation.

Live rail departure information can be found here

Station information can be found here