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Camping for kayakers and canoeists is currently available at the following sites next to the Medway:

Oak Weir Lock: (2 stars) Located here. With the exception of a large picnic bench (new in 2010), there are no facilities at the site. However there is some nice grass to put your tents on and the site is very secluded. Grid Ref is TQ654 473.

The Hop Farm: (5 stars) Located here. New for 2009,
The Hop Farm is a very large campsite with all facilities including toilets, showers, washng up facilities, campsite shop, and pub. The site is easily accessed from the Medway if you are paddling the canoe trail or is the perfect location to act as a base to explore the Medway from. Always advisable to book in advance and please mention that you are canoeing so that they can allocate you a spot nearer to the river. Details for the campsite including contact numbers can be found here.
Grid Ref for the site is TQ666 477.

Stoneham Lock: (1 star) Located here. This is a "rough it" campsite. There are no facilities here, just ground next to the disused lock. Grid Ref is TQ681 489. Camping is free.

Marlin Canoe Club Camp site: (3 stars) Located here. WAM Marlin Camp site: (3 stars) Located here. This is a lovely site just downstream of Yalding Bridge. There is a landing stage here and steps up to the ground. To use this site you must book ahead, please go to the following link for further information on how to book and the facilities available. Grid Ref: TQ 691 499. Note that during winter there are no toilet/shower facilities on site. A combined toilet and shower unit is available on an Environment Agency site close by (via use of a special key). Please check with the Marlin site coordinator, or phone the Environment Agency to get hold of one 01622 752864.

Barming Bridge: (3 stars) Located here. This is a more organised campsite with facilities run by Mr Taylor. Please phone for costs 01622 720263 or 07788 890569. The ground is located right bank (looking downstream) and just upstream of Barming bridge. Grid ref: TQ720 538

Allington Lock: (5 stars) Located here. Nice piece of flat ground adjacent to Allington Lock itself (pictured above). Toilets, showers, and kitchen sink for your washing up! £8 per person per night. grid ref: TQ746 582. Book in advance by phoning 01622 752864.

New Camping Cabins available at Allington Lock! Click HERE for more information:


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