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 can be found The Anchor pub and the Island cafe and gift shop and Teapot Island, which has over 7600 teapots on display in our exhibition that is open to the public for a small charge. They have over 4000 teapots for sale and also small mementos.
Town bridge, the main crossing point within the current village over the river Beult is a stone bridge about 450 ft long and was constructed in the 1400’s probably on thesite of an old wooden structure. This bridge is the longest surviving medieval bridge in Kent, and is very attractive.
The church has an unusual spire, and the area around the church is worth visiting, with the old Town Bridge and its long and narrow stone span providing a picturesque walk over the river. .
Yalding was a favourite of Edith Nesbit, author of The Railway Children, who wrote in the 1920s: “The Medway just above the Anchor (at Yalding, Kent) is a river of drama”
Station information can be found here
There are signposted walks from the village and the details can be found here
Yalding also has it’s own annual music festival.