pick of watering holes on the
Allington. 01622 717251. Riverside just above the lock. Large and busy family-friendly Beefeater restaurant and pub with real ale and waterside terrace.
Buckland Road, Maidstone. 01622 761045. West of town bridges. Set in former Style & Winch Brewery, specialist real ale and cider pub, many local brews.
Victory East Farleigh. 01622 726591. Just across the railway crossing from Farleigh Bridge. Family pub with real ale, food, garden with play area and fine view over river.
Bull Tonbridge Road Barming. 01622 7292224. 5 mins north of Barming Bridge. Family pub with real ale, garden, seasonal food.
West Farleigh. 01622 814717. 15 mins south of Teston Bridge. 15th century pub recently refurbished under new owners with restaurant, real ale and garden
Railway Wateringbury. 01622 812911. Just across the railway crossing from Wateringbury Bridge. Village pub with real ale, garden, live music several nights a week.
Maidstone Road Nettlestead Green. 01622 816916. 10 mins north west of Hampstead Lock. 17th century pub, real ale, food (including lunchtime carvery) and garden.
Anchor, Yalding. 01622 814359. Near Riverside above Twyford Bridge. Waterside bar and restaurant in 14th century thatched building with real ale, food all day and garden.
Tonbridge Road, East Peckham. 01622 871345. 10 mins north of Stilstead Bridge, right into Tonbridge Rd. Fine old 16th century pub with real ale, food and garden.
High Street, Tonbridge. 01732 358957. Just north of Big Bridge. Black & white half-timbered town pub with real ale, food and outside patio seating.
Pubdetailsarelikelytochangeatshortnotice: youareadvisedtophoneaheadtobesure Medway. A long tunnel at Strood was one reason for the canal’s ultimate failure: it was very expensive to build and the company never made a profit from the boats that paid to use it. The canal was open only a few years before the tunnel was sold and a railway built through it.
As the tideway narrows towards Allington, look out for Aylesford with its beautiful 13th century bridge.
The tidal reaches end at Allington Lock, which is usually operational from three hours before high water to two hours afterwards (when those times fall in daylight hours).
Once through the cavernous lock, there are plenty of moorings, a café at the Old Toll House and the welcoming Malta Inn. There are two boatyards, while those visiting on foot can take a one hour voyage on trip boat that operates between Allington Lock and Maidstone. Don’t miss the Kent Life museum near the lock (see inset).
At the lock, the river undergoes a complete change of character. The ups and downs of the tideway are replaced by a calm river navigation, which
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Another ancient bridge at Teston