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Travelling around the Medway Towns

Travelling around the Medway Towns

Are you thinking about visiting the Medway Towns of Rochester, Chatham and Gillingham? Perhaps you already live in these great towns but need to get around without the hassle of parking or the expense of petrol? At Arriva we know travel and we know the Medway Towns, so take a few moments and read through our carefully created guide to attractions and travelling in these great towns.

Rochester Castle

On the North Kent coast, the towns of Rochester, Chatham and Gillingham have a powerful maritime history, the second oldest Cathedral in England and a host of stories along the tidal reaches of the River Medway.

Local people say the Medway area is “marinated in history”.  It’s been buzzing with industry and innovation for millennia.  The British Navy was built here at the mightyGeorgian Dockyard, Chatham, and this area’s naval heritage is unique in the world. Within a stone’s throw of Chatham, the towering keep of Rochester Castle is one of the tallest in the country; graceful Rochester Cathedral alongside is England's second oldest - built in 604. This area is where Charles Dickens’ life started and ended, and where he set so many stories, including Great Expectations. The places that pop up in his books can still be found among its characterful streets, shops and ancient buildings today.

But Medway isn’t stuck in the past. There’s a full-on programme of free festivals and events happening; contemporary culture in historic settings, quirky cafes, retro shops, and indie pubs with live music. Speed fiends can also screech round the karting track at Buckmore Park, at the very tracks that saw Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton burning rubber, while Gillingham Football Club provides plenty of reasons to cheer. Or sooth your soul at the stunning Hoo Peninsula, where the Heron Trail and Saxon Shore Way leads cyclists and walkers through an inspiring landscape of marshes, heronries and RSPB reserves.

Such adventure is typical of this area’s no-nonsense mix of ancient and modern, and typical of its future focus too, always influenced by the powerful river at its heart.    

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