Valley of Visions and the Medway Gap

Valley of Visions (VOV) was a landscape-scale project that with a £2.5 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund that helped sustain the landscape of the iconic Medway Gap.

Running from November 2007 to June 2013, the Scheme worked in partnership with communities, schools, landowners and local organisations to conserve the landscape, wildlife and rich heritage of the area. It also encouraged residents and visitors to learn about, enjoy and celebrate this stunning part of the National Landscape, nestled between Rochester and Maidstone in mid Kent.

Chalk grassland restoration, an extensive events programme, new community trails, engaging with schools and conserving ancient monuments, are just a handful of the successful projects that were undertaken. Although now completed, the legacy of VOV and the hard work of the team, landowners and local organisations, continues. Discover more about the scheme in the Valley of Visions magazine and the Community Trails and Medway Valley Rail Trails leaflets continue to provide a great way to explore and enjoy the Medway Gap.

Community Trails

Aylesford community trail

Birling community trail

Burham community trail

Cuxton community trail

Halling community trail

Snodland community trail

Strood community trail

The Friars

Wouldham community trail


Medway Valley Rail Trails

Walk 1. Strood – Knights and Kingfishers

Walk 2. Cuxton – Coppice and Corncockle

Walk 3. Halling – Farming and Ferries

Walk 4. Snodland – Farms and Downs

Walk 5. New Hythe – Lakes and Marshes

Walk 6. Aylesford – Pits and Pilgrims

Walk 7. Maidstone Barracks – Reptile and Rebellions

Walk 8. Maidstone West – West to East

Walk 9. East Farleigh – Kettles and Crossings

Walk 10. Wateringbury – The River & Yew

Walk 11. Yalding – Hills and Hoppers

Walk 12. Beltring- Hops and Locks

Walk 13. Oasts and Orchards


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