Exploring the Medway and its architecture

Saturday 20th May 2006


This cycle tour, led by Benedict O’Looney, a practising architect known to Lambeth Cyclists Architecture Ride stalwarts, celebrated the River Medway.

We first encountered the river outside Tonbridge and followed it towards its mouth at Chatham (which we hope to complete in a future ride).

Architectural highlights comprise a remarkable series of medieval bridges and the fine townscape of the county seat, Maidstone.

The 13th C Norman gatehouse of Tonbridge Castle Credit: Philip Loy
The 13th C Norman gatehouse of Tonbridge Castle (photo: Philip Loy)

We were remarkably lucky with the weather. Despite the forecasts it was sunny for most of the day. Highlights included a visit to Tonbridge Castle Gatehouse (above) and some fine bridges (below).

Just before the final leg of our journey - a riverside ride into Maidstone. Credit: Philip Loy
Just before the final leg of our journey - a riverside ride into Maidstone. (photo: Philip Loy)

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