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151, Chatham to West Malling and Kings Hill

Medway and Malling magic combines with Dickensian delight for a memorable journey through the ultimate changing landscape


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No. of Attractions:

4 places to visit

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Journey Duration:

1 hour 24 minutes

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Starting point:

Chatham Waterfront (Stop A5)

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Journey fact:

In the early 20th century, Cuxton was home to a peculiar attraction known as the "Cuxton Submarine." This makeshift submarine, constructed by a local inventor, garnered attention as it was paraded through the village streets.

Journey Overview

If ever there was a journey of contrasts, this is it. The grand sense of occasion of Chatham Waterfront and its bustling, diverse town centre gives way to panoramic Medway views, through the Valley, into the heart of Kentish countryside, through a wonderful market town and into chic modern day residences, set in a lovely rural setting.

The bus departs from Chatham Waterfront and customers are greeted with a dynamic panorama of the River Medway, where boats bob gently on the water under the watchful gaze of historic dockyard cranes. The waterfront’s industrial heritage blends seamlessly with modern developments, creating a captivating juxtaposition of old and new.

As the bus makes its way further through Chatham, the scenery transitions to bustling streets lined with Victorian-era buildings, their ornate facades reflecting the town’s rich maritime history.

Through Rochester, the adventure continues, with its Victorian grandeur, evoking a sense of bygone elegance in this town that was a favourite of Charles Dickins, who owned nearby Gads Place in Highham. Many of Dickens’ novels are based on the Medway area.

The journey through Strood offers glimpses of quaint neighbourhoods, a mish mash of shops and leafy avenues, with glimpses of the Medway Valley countryside peeking through the urban sprawl.

Onto Cuxton, where customers are treated to expansive views of rolling green hills and fertile farmland, a tranquil respite from the bustle and energy that has gone before on this adventure. The quaint village of Upper Halling then appears like something out of a postcard, with its charming cottages and idyllic setting, including more wonderful views over the Medway Valley.

Halling Station provides a brief pause in the journey, surrounded by picturesque countryside and framed by the distant silhouette of the North Downs. Snodland, meanwhile, offers a glimpse of rural village life, with its quaint streets and welcoming atmosphere, with the opportunity for great riverside walks and a visit to the Holborough Marshes Nature Reserve, with its grazing marsh and plenty of wildfowl.

The journey continues through Leybourne, where customers catch sight of the historic Leybourne Church, its ancient spire reaching towards the sky. Close by is Leybourne Lakes Country Park, another haven for wildlife lovers and ramblers. On through West Malling the bus goes and this charming market town with its attractive buildings, including the idyllic St Mary the Virgin Parish Church, fine dining restaurants, artisan cafes and local florists. The bus skirts close to the Manor Park Country Park and the scenery is great – of wildflower meadows, woodland copses and plenty of fab walking trails.

Finally, the bus arrives at Kings Hill, a modern development nestled amidst the Kent countryside. Here, contemporary architecture blends harmoniously with green spaces, slightly plush and spacious residences for the up and coming, creating a vibrant and dynamic community. It’s a fitting denouement for a journey that has weaved rural serenity with a buzz of modern day Kentish life. A trip not to be missed!



A Fab Day Out!

Embark on a delightful day out starting at Chatham Waterfront, where you can explore the historic dockyard, home to fascinating maritime attractions such as The Historic Dockyard Chatham and the HMS Victory. Stroll along the riverfront promenade, soaking in views of the River Medway and its bustling activity.

Next, hop on the bus to Chatham town centre, where you can wander through the vibrant High Street, dotted with shops, cafes, and historic buildings. Don’t miss the chance to visit the Brook Theatre or the Medway Little Theatre for a dose of cultural entertainment.

Continue your journey to Rochester, where there’s nothing better than being immersed in the city’s rich history and architecture. Explore the imposing Rochester Castle and the stunning Rochester Cathedral, both dating back to Norman times. Take a leisurely stroll along the cobbled streets of the historic town centre, lined with charming shops, pubs, and eateries.

Next, get on-board the bus to Cuxton, a quaint village nestled amidst the scenic countryside. Enjoy a leisurely walk along the picturesque trails of the North Downs Way or visit the local pub for a taste of traditional British hospitality. We can recommend the White Hart with its pub culinary classics and award-winning ales, lagers, wines and spirits!

Continue on to Halling, where you can explore the village’s charming streets and historic landmarks, including the Grade I listed St. John the Baptist Church. Take in the tranquil ambiance of the countryside and perhaps enjoy a picnic in one of the village’s scenic green spaces.

Next stop, Snodland, where you can discover the village’s rich history and picturesque surroundings. Visit the Snodland Millennium Green for a relaxing stroll or explore the nearby Roman villa remains at Eccles.

Finally, arrive in West Malling, a bustling market town with a wealth of shops, restaurants, and attractions. Explore the town’s historic architecture, including the 12th-century St. Leonard’s Tower, or enjoy a leisurely meal at one of the town’s charming cafes or pubs. Make sure you visit the Cascade in Swan Street too, which is a late Georgian ornamental feature incorporating re-used medieval fragments from St. Mary’s Abbey!


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