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The River Medway passing through the Medway Gap.
In the foreground is Cuxton with the Cement Works at Halling to the rear.
The A228 is visible.
The M2 motorway, and the raillink crossing the Medway, between Cuxton and Borstal.
The Nashenden valley on the other bank is typical of Kentish downland scenery.


The Medway Gap is a topographic feature in the Englishmarker county of Kentmarker near Rochestermarker.

It was created when the prehistoric River Medway cut through line of chalk hills now known as the North Downsmarker; other rivers such as the Darentmarker and the Stour have similar features.

Its past significance as a means of travel is indicated by the prehistoric Medway megalithsmarker in the area. Today a local rail route and a relatively major road (the A228) utilise the valley. The river here is bridged by the M2 motorway and High Speed 1 viaductsmarker.

It also has the effect of creating local weather patterns, thereby frequently exhibiting opposite conditions to the surrounding countryside.

It is also a used by local government to refer to the series of small towns north west of Maidstonemarker, within Tonbridge and Mallingmarker such as Aylesfordmarker, East Mallingmarker, Ecclesmarker, Larkfieldmarker, Leybournemarker, Snodlandmarker and West Mallingmarker


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