Travelling around West Malling
West Malling is a historic market town in Kent, England. Although relatively small, it is packed with fascinating historical buildings, many bearing blue plaques, and the surrounding countryside makes it easy to see why this part of the world is referred to as ‘The Garden of England’.
The fact that West Malling is located just 35 miles from central London, with excellent road and rail links, makes it a popular choice with commuters working in the city. The influx of relatively well-off younger families means that its centre has more in the way of amenities than you might expect for a town of its size.
Arriva buses operate throughout West Malling and can be taken to explore further afield, such as Tunbridge Wells and Maidstone.
There are plenty of historic buildings to tick off the list as you wander around the peaceful streets of West Malling. These include St Leonard’s Tower, a well-preserved Norman Keep constructed between 1077 and 1008, the 600-year-old Ford House and the parade of Georgian structures which line either side of the High Street.
If you’re keen on retail therapy, there are a range of independent boutique shops along the High Street that sell clothes for men, women and children, as well as chocolate and jewellery. You’ll find more independent stalls trading over at Abbey Arcade.
A short trip away from the centre of Ware is Leybourne Lakes, an oasis of greenery and wildlife that was created as recently as 2004. Once you’re there you can choose between a relaxing stroll and picnic or a session of activities on offer at the water sports centre, like kayaking, windsurfing and open water swimming.