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The River and Yew - Wateringbury 

Medway Valley Rail Trails

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Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.8 miles
Duration: Less than 1 hour
Family Friendly

Overview :  This short walk goes along the banks of the River Medway and through the delightful surrounding countryside of Nettlestead. It’s a... more »

Tips:  Location: Wateringbury
Distance: 1.8 miles (3km). Can be extended for another 2.9 miles / 4.7km via the Teston River Walk
Time:... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Start, finish and parking

Turn left out of the station and immediately left again to cross the train tracks and you’ll be beside the River Medway. With Bow Bridge in front of you turn right and take the lower path by the river.

The name Wateringbury is thought to derive from the [Saxon] word ‘Wotringberia’ meaning ‘a low and watery site’ and indeed the industry in the... More

2. Begin walking along the River Medway path

with the river on your left. At the end of the moored boats the path enters and meanders through riverside trees. Continue along the path through the trees for about 1km.

Men known as hufflers were used in this location to pull barges along the Medway. This was a hard job as fences went right down to the river edge in places and the hufflers had ... More

3. After walking for about 10 minutes

you’ll see a footpath on your right hand side. Take this path carefully crossing the railway line and follow the fence.

Continuing straight on following the path past some
impressive old yew trees and into the churchyard of
St Mary the Virgin in Nettlestead.

The yew has the ability to form new trunks and growth
from old branches and so it was... More

4. St Mary The Virgin church

With links to William the Conqueror’s half brother Odo,
St Mary the Virgin church at Nettlestead is renowned for
its 15th century stained glass windows.

5. Nettlestead Place

Nettlestead Place (www.nettlesteadplace.co.uk) was mentioned in the Domesday Book (1086). It was refurbished and enlarged in 1921/22. Since 1988, the gardens have been redeveloped and extended and garden walks are available.

6. Exit the churchyard

Cross the road then turn right and walk along the pavement. Cross over Gibbs Hill and after approximately 25 metres the footpath on the left leads you away from the road so you walk between hedgerows with houses on your right hand side.

7. Continue straight on

Eventually through metal railings the path comes out among the houses. Turn immediately left between more metal railings and walk slightly uphill and on through the fields.

Enjoy the stunning views to your right down over the
Medway Valley.

8. Approximately 50 metres before reaching a house

you’ll see a footpath to your right which leads you down through a field. At the bottom of the field turn right and walk towards the houses. The footpath becomes the pavement beside the road again. Turn left and follow the pavement for about 500 metres.

9. At the bend

across the road you’ll see Wateringbury train station. You can finish your walk here perhaps with a beverage in the neighbouring Railway Public House.

Alternatively you can continue along the riverside path with the river on your right hand side, past Bow Bridge Marina and towards Teston following the Teston River Walk.