Paleolithic rock shelter.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

4 May Aylesford Towpath to Maidstone

click to enlarge AYLESFORD BRIDGE

A Hot sunny day,excellent weather,and a walk starting at Aylesford and going along the crumbling towpath along the Medway.Passing the timberyard at Cobtree wharf,we continued to Allington lock,where the Malta Inn was being refurbished(big dissapointment)we continued along the river passing some large houseboats and dutch barges as well as the occasional narrowboat.
This section is the "Millenium walk"and passes under 2 new stainless steel bridges ,and along to the new development of flats that replaces the old sweet factory etc that used to be there.
Arriving at the bridges and Bishops Palace we stopped for an ice cream and explored under the busy road,the old bridge over the River Len which is almost obscured by concrete but is 800 years old.
We decided to get the pleasure craft back to Allington lock,and there was great rejoicing when it was discovered that the bar on the boat was open.
An interesting commentary and a different perspective on the river,very worth while.
At Allington we walked back to Aylesford and decided to visit the medieval Chequers Inn where my father once stood in as publican for a fortnight.

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