Wednesday, November 25, 2009
RIVER MEDWAY AYLESFORD MAIDSTONE
COFFEE BREAK AT MAIDSTONE BRIDGE
The river was fordable on horseback in Saxon times and a major battle took place at this spot
between the Britons and Anglo-Saxons Hengist and Horsa fought Vortigern (Horsa was slain )
One of the most photographed bridges in southern England at Aylesford Village.
We decided that as there had been a very large amount of rain in the previous four days,we would stick to a non-muddy route if possible.So we RV at Aylesford car park and set off along the southern bank of the Medway,to avoid the crumbling footpath on the other side.
Past a new development of flats built within a coffer dam to lessen the effects of flooding,and along to Little Preston where we crossed the railway line.See the picture above of the daily quarry train from Allington to Reading.We then crossed over Allington lock and along by all the moored barges and houseboats to Maidstone centre.An awful new shop has been built on the gasworks site and is an architectural disgrace.We made our way back and it chucked it down with rain.then the sun came out(very confusing)we dallied a while at the Malta inn and retraced our steps to Aylesford.
about 7 miles 8 of us rain and sun and wind.