Wednesday, May 24, 2006
TESTON ,WATERINGBURY AND THE RIVER MEDWAY
24th of May and we RV'd at Teston Picnic and parking area,and using Mike Easterbrook's Kent Nature Walks book (walk 6)we set off along the towpath ,and as you can see from the picture taken from the Wier,the river is quite lively today.A good dry walk towards Wateringbury passing many boats,a few of the narrowboat owners wishing us a cheery good morning.
At Wateringbury bridge we carried on along the northern bank and overshot our footpath connection over the Medway Valley rail line,we had a coffee break and found our bearings and walked up to the church at Nettlestead (15th centuryand )went in and had a look around.
This area is well connected with the English civil war when the Roundheads outflanked the Royalists in Maidstone by crossing the river and creeping up behind them!
We came upon the Millpond and Mill and a lovely picturesque little enclave ,read the map properly and then set off for Wateringbury.
We had lunch (excellent) at the Railway Tavern big deep plates and lots of gravy,and welcoming staff.It had darkened considerably and when we reluctantly decided to tear ourselves away and set off we were debating as to whether waterproofs were needed.
Within five minutes it was decided for us,as it started to pour with rain,this followed us most of the way back along the south bank of the Medway,and we sheltered by a barn for 5 minutes.
Over the old stone bridge(made famous in the British war film "Dunkirk")and back to the car