Medway Valley Line Rail Trails

Using Medway Valley Line train services is a terrific way of exploring the Medway Valley. There are a wide range of walks in towns, country and along the river.

Whether you want beautiful countryside, coastal scenery, industrial archaeology or military history, you can access them all via the Medway Valley Line and Swalerail. And what better way to explore than to follow one of the walks listed below.

Click onto the leaflet covers against each walk to download a copy of the leaflet describing the walk and what can be seen.

The Community Rail Partnership has (in partnership with Valley of Visions Countryside Project) produced a pack of 13 walks – one from each station along the Medway Valley Line.


“Knights & Fishers”

A 4.7 mile circular walk from Strood along the river Medway, past historic landmarks and through pockets of stunning countryside nestled in the suburbs of Strood.



Farms & Downs

A 4.5 mile circular route (with optional 2.6 mile extension) through farmland and woodland with stunning views across the valley below.




“Reptiles & Rebellions”
Maidstone Barracks

A 4 mile circular route from the middle of Maidstone through the town centre, Vinters Valley Nature Reserve and woodland.




“The River & Yew”

A 1.8 mile circular walk (with optional 2.9 mile extension) through the delightful countryside of Nettlestead.



“Oasts & Orchards”

Paddock Wood
A 5.3 mile circular route through the town, beautiful farmland and woodland.



“Coppice & Corncockle”

A 5 mile circular walk through stunning chalk downland and farmland of Ranscombe Farm, past the impressive Darnley Mausoleum and through the and through Cuxton village.



“Lakes & Marshes”
New Hythe

A 2.9 mile walk (with optional loop of 1.4 miles) from New Hythe to Snodland station taking in fantastic scenery and  wildlife in the wetland areas of Leybourne Lakes, Holborough Marshes and the River Medway.


“West to East”
Maidstone West

A 4.2 mile walk from Maidstone West to East Farleigh station along the beautiful River Medway.





“Hills & Hoppers”
A 6.2 mile walk (with optional 3.1 mile extension) to Wateringbury station through stunning farmland and woodland.





Rail Trails Survey

We’d like to hear your thoughts on the rail trail pack and the specific trail(s) you have completed. Please click on the survey form above to complete an online survey. It should take no more than 5 minutes. Thank you.