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).
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
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.
lane into orchard, bear left for a few metres over a stile then turn
right with hedge on your right. Continue
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
Open 7:30 am to 3:00 pm. But up for
sale in September 2012 so its future may be uncertain.
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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