Rochester to Maidstone

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1066 Harold’s Way Walk 6

Up onto the North Downs and the somnolent Medway valley below this strategic ridge appears peaceful but long ago it shaped the future of England.

The river drew a line against invading foes long before the Norman Invasion. Later battles defined the political struggles caused by civil wars.

Leave the commanding North Downs for a peaceful walk along the Medway to the Archbishop’s Palace.

The ‘Allington Belle’ glides by the willows takings its cargo of passengers from the Malta Inn to Maidstone, suitably refreshed – £5 return.

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  and collect your ‘walk ‘stickers’.




Blue Bell Hill The Robin Hood

Allington Lock The Malta Inn



Southeastern Trains from London Bridge to Rochester, return from Maidstone.

1066 Walks

1066 Harold’s Way is a 100 mile long distance walk, accessible by public transport, devised, created and written to follow King Harold II on his epic journey from Westminster Abbey to Battle. There are castles and battle sites, rivers, streams and valleys to cross, forests to forge and hills to climb, Roman roads, green lanes and ancient foot-paths to walk.

Celebrate the 950th Anniversary of the Battle of Hastings in 2016 and walk 1066 Harold’s Way.

In 2017, the second walk, ‘1066 Harold’s Way The Final Journey’, will be published. This will be a walk from Battle Abbey to Bosham that will follow the progress of the funeral cortege of King Harold II after the Battle of Hasting. It is a new 80 mile long distance path that will traverse Sussex from east to west, along Saxon trackways and Roman roads that follows a legend that he was first laid to rest at Bosham, near Chichester. It is a good story and a good walk.

For more information visit:

1066 Harold’s Way

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The Malta InnThe Malta Inn

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