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River Medway

The River Medway is navigable from Tonbridge (Barden Park – Lucifer Footbridge) to Sheerness (Garrison Point).

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Facts & Stats

18 miles

(29km)

The length of the River Medway that is navigable (non-tidal).

10 locks

1500s

Transportation

The River Medway has been a busy transportation route since the 16th century.

From Tonbridge to Sheerness

The River Medway is navigable from Tonbridge (Barden Park – Lucifer Footbridge) to Sheerness (Garrison Point). It is tidal downstream of Allington Lock. 

The river has been a busy transport route since the sixteenth century. It was made navigable following Acts of Parliament in 1664, 1740, 1792, 1802 and 1824. The oast houses, which can still be seen along the route, are evidence of the area’s history of hop growing and brewing.

Waterway notes

Maximum boat sizes

  • Length: 80′ (24.3 metres)
  • Beam: 18′ 6″ (5.6 metres)
  • Height: 8′ 4″ (2.5 metres)
  • Draught: 4′ (1.2 metres)

Navigation authority

Environment Agency and Peel Ports Medway

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