130, Maidstone to Rainham and Twydall

Rural serenity and bustling energy combine for a Kentish masterpiece of a journey


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No. of Attractions:

6 places to visit

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Journey Duration:

55 minutes

Route Frequency:

6 services, Mondays-Fridays and 4 on Saturdays. No service on Sundays

Starting point:

Maidstone King Street (Bus Stop G)

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Journey fact:

During the Victorian era, Maidstone gained notoriety for its bustling hat-making industry. The town was a hub for hat production, with numerous factories and workshops scattered throughout the area. Maidstone's hats were highly sought after, renowned for their quality and craftsmanship.

Journey Overview

This is not just a vital link from two key parts of Kent, the County town of Maidstone and the Medway towns, but it’s also a fascinating adventure across the heart of Kent. Leaving historic and vibrant Maidstone behind, the scenery transforms fairly quickly from urban to rural, with the first sign being Pendenden Heath.

The bus crosses the bustling M20 and the setting becomes almost rural and desolate, but in an atmospheric sense as the road winds leftwards through fields and past dense trees to Boxley with views of the delightful St. Mary’s and All Saints Church. More thick woodland soon follows, which the bus cuts through and into the pretty village of Bredhurst before crossing the M2.

Whereas the M20 gave way to serene country life, the M2 welcomes a more built up landscape in Wigmore, where the bus stops opposite the fabulously named Spyglass and Kettle pub. 12 minutes later and Rainham appears, with its bustling life and great character, before the adventure concludes at Twydall, which is on the periphery of Gillingham, close to the Planet Ice Rink and Priestfield Stadium, home of Gillingham Football Club.

This is a great journey that intersperses classic Kent countryside with captivating culture and vibrant life – all in under an hour!

A Fab Day Out!

Starting in Maidstone, immerse yourself in the town’s rich history and vibrant atmosphere. Explore Maidstone Museum to discover artifacts spanning centuries, or stroll along the picturesque River Medway, enjoying views of historic architecture and lush greenery.

As the bus travels to Boxley, alight and visit Boxley Church, known for its beautiful stained glass windows and peaceful ambiance, or explore the nearby Boxley Abbey ruins, steeped in centuries of history.

Continuing on the bus to Bredehurst, revel in the tranquillity of rural Kent. Take a leisurely walk through the countryside, soaking in panoramic views of rolling hills and verdant meadows. Stop by a local farm shop to sample fresh produce or enjoy a picnic amidst the scenic landscape.

Back on board to Rainham and maybe visit Rainham Mark Church, a beautiful medieval church dating back to the 12th century, known for its striking architecture and serene atmosphere.

Nature enthusiasts will delight in exploring the Riverside Country Park, a vast expanse of wetlands, woodlands, and meadows along the River Medway. Take a leisurely stroll along the park’s scenic trails, keeping an eye out for local wildlife such as birds, butterflies, and wildflowers.

For a taste of local culture, visit The Oast Rainham, a community hub hosting events, exhibitions, and workshops celebrating arts and heritage. Alternatively, enjoy a leisurely meal at one of Rainham’s charming cafes or restaurants, sampling delicious dishes made with locally sourced ingredients.

Venture further afield to nearby attractions such as Upchurch Golf Club or the historic town of Rochester, home to Rochester Castle, Cathedral, and Dickensian charm. Alternatively, stay on the bus to Twydall which is a brisk walk from Planet Ice, home of Invicta Dynamos ice hockey team and also a great place for some fun ice skating!

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