Category: Visit by Train

March 7, 2017 K3v1n-L0g1N

Aylesford is a large village on the River Medway. The old village can be accessed on foot via a 14th century five-arched bridge and is about 10 minutes walk from the station. There has been settlement here since Neolithic times, as evidenced by the long barrows at Aylesford Priory, (The Friars,) an ancient religious house…

March 7, 2017 K3v1n-L0g1N

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…

March 7, 2017 K3v1n-L0g1N

  Cuxton lies on the western slopes of the Medway Valley around two miles from Rochester. Archaeological evidence suggests was occupied around 200,000 years ago. The North Downs Way, between Dover,  Canterbury and Winchester runs to the north of the village and is extensively used by walkers.   Less than a mile from the station is Ranscombe…

March 7, 2017 K3v1n-L0g1N

      East Farleigh is a village around 2 miles from Maidstone and the station is alongside the river,  the locks and a 14th century, grade 1 listed bridge across the river. Another listed building in the village is the 12th century St Mary’s church which is a short walk from the station. The…

March 7, 2017 K3v1n-L0g1N

  Halling is a mid sized village in a gap in the North Downs, along side the river. The village is a short walk from the station and is the station is the closest to the new Peter’s village development. “Halling Man” a Neolithic skeleton discovered in 1912 behind the present railway station and you can…

March 7, 2017 K3v1n-L0g1N

Kemsley is a suburb of Sittingbourne and as well as having a railway station on the line to the Isle of Sheppey has the last station on the Sittingbourne and Kemsley Light Railway, which was previously a line used for the mill. The suburb developed when the owner of the local paper mill built houses…

March 7, 2017 K3v1n-L0g1N

  Maidstone is the county town of Kent. The River Medway runs through the centre of the town, linking it with Rochester and the Thames Estuary. Historically, the river was  a source and route for much of the town’s trade as the centre of the agricultural county of Kent, known as the Garden of England. There is evidence of a settlement…

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  New Hythe is a village around 5 miles from Maidstone and is the closest station to the area of Larkfield. The station serves an industrial area and is also within walking distance of Leybourne Lakes Country Park which is home to a range of leisure activities including walking, cycling, fishing, windsurfing, scuba diving and bird…

March 18, 2016 K3v1n-L0g1N

    The South Eastern Railway opened a line from Redhill in 1842 and a station named Maidstone Road was built in a rural location to serve Maidstone, 8 miles (13 km) to the north. The village of Paddock Wood developed quickly around the station, which took the name Paddock Wood in 1844 when the branch line to Maidstone West was opened. The station…

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  Queenborough dates back to Saxon times when it was known as Cyningburh, “King’s Borough”. It was renamed in the 14th century by King Edward III, after his queen.  During this period, Queenborough, was an important town for the export of wool, a significant crown revenue. Queenborough Harbour offers moorings between the Thames and Medway. It…

March 7, 2017 K3v1n-L0g1N

  Sheerness-on-sea is a large town on the north west coast of the Isle of Sheppey. The rail station is in the centre of the town. There is a working port here, one of the UK’s highest car and fresh produce importers, and has a predominately shingle beach. It has been a popular seaside destination since…

March 7, 2017 K3v1n-L0g1N

  Sittingbourne is a large town with many retails outlets and places of interest.  The station is in the town centre.It is the only town in the UK twinned with Ypres in Belgium,  which is famous for battles in the First World War and the Menin Gate Memorial and war graves. In the war,  Sittingbourne…

March 7, 2017 K3v1n-L0g1N

  Snodland is a small town and there is evidence that there has been a settlement at this location  since Roman times. It was an important crossing point over the Medway for Pilgrims heading to Canterbury. The parish church is a Grade: 1 listed building, dedicated to All Saints. The Normans built it in the…

March 7, 2017 K3v1n-L0g1N

  Strood is where the Medway Valley line meets the North Kent line and High Speed 1 and is just across the river Medway from Rochester. Strood lies on the edge of marshy land alongside the River Medway. The chalk hills of the North Downs have been breached at this point, forming a river cliff rising to 100 ft…

March 29, 2017 K3v1n-L0g1N

Swale station is situated at the end of the Kingsferry bridge,  on the mainland side of the Swale,  the piece of water separating the Isle of Sheppey from the rest of Kent. The area is mainly industrial but is the nearest station to Iwade,  just over a mile away.   It is directly beneath the…

March 29, 2017 K3v1n-L0g1N

Where the Medway Valley Line ends and joins with mainland services to London,  Tunbridge Wells and Hastings, Tonbridge, has been a market town since the Middle Ages and lays beside the River Medway, The rail station is right at the bottom of the High Street and a short walk form the 11th century Tonbridge Castle. This…

March 7, 2017 K3v1n-L0g1N

Wateringbury is a village around 5 miles south west of Maidstone and has a lovely marina close to the station where you can hire a canoe for the day. There is a pub across the road and shops, a tea room and the church and a hotel with a restaurant are all within 5 -10…

March 7, 2017 K3v1n-L0g1N

  Yalding is a village 6 miles south of Maidstone and is sited on the convergence of three rivers, the Medway, Teise and Beult and is around I mile from the station. The village can be reached via a pleasant riverside walk that passes Yalding Lock, Yalding Village Cafe and Yalding Weir. At the weir…