Kent Ramblers

Walk 45

Walk 45:Teston, Yalding and the Medway

Distance: 7.5 Miles (3.5 Hours)

OS Map: Explorer 136 & 148 (Start at grid reference TQ706533)

Park at Teston Country Park (£1.70 and weekends and £1.20 on weekdays).

Head across the meadow towards the stone bridge, climb up to the road and cross the bridge. Take a permissive path (extension to path KM21) on the left parallel to the road but when path bears away from the road at an information board cross the road onto a tarmac drive. Follow the drive, bearing first left and then right, then passing some cottages and going through a gate past a concrete pill box, all the way to Tutsham Hall. Bear left past Hall, heading uphill along another tarmac drive to a lane.

Turn right and take the first path on the left along the left hand edge of a field. At the top corner turn right and look for a stile in the hedge on the left. Over the stile, turn right along right hand edge of field and at corner continue in same direction along edge of old orchard. At post turn left uphill out of orchard, across scrubland and through chestnut coppice to a lane.

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Cross lane into orchard, bear left for a few metres over a stile then turn right with hedge on your right.  Continue to lane.

Take footpath opposite across middle of large field (in direction of Yalding church in valley bottom) and after about 200 metres, at right hand end of fence, turn left along path between fences to sunken track. Turn right downhill to lane.

Turn right and take path on left up bank through metal kissing gate. Follow path through woods with fence on right to emerge through another kissing gate into street. At end turn left and at corner take path signposted Greensand Way past almshouses. Follow Greensand Way signs to centre of Yalding.

Turn left down main street (street market on Saturday mornings) past church and over river to T-junction. Turn right and when buildings end bear right across meadow (where there are seats for lunching) to bridge over Medway. Cross bridge then walk between canal on left and road on right until the road crosses the canal. Turn right onto canal towpath following both Greensand Way and Medway Valley Walk. Follow towpath (Greensand Way soon leaves on left), becoming riverside path when canal joins the Medway, all the way to Wateringbury. Cross the road and continue past signal box along riverside path with river on your right. After passing Teston lock and with Teston Bridge in sight, bear left across meadow back to car park.

Public Transport

The walk could easily be started at either Yalding or Wateringbury stations which are on the Tonbridge to Maidstone West line which has a regular service including Sundays.

Yalding Village Tea Rooms

Open Tuesday to Saturday 8:30 to 4:00 except for closing at 2:30 on Tuesday and opening at 9:00 on Saturday.

Tea Pot Island

Nice café but open daily only from April to October – winter opening variable and restricted.  However, The Anchor inn next door serves a nice coffee.  There is a tea pot museum at an additional charge.

Yalding Café

Open 7:30 am to 3:00 pm.  But up for sale in September 2012 so its future may be uncertain.


Teston Lock

The current lock was built in 1911 to replace the original made of oak and constructed in the 1740s.

Our book of Ten Favourite Walks in the Kent Countryside has routes for ten more walks like this one.

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