The Medway video jukebox
Nuclear bunkers! Gyrocopters! Vaults! Alan Titchmarsh!
Welcome to this latest dive into the depths of Youtube to see what weird and wonderful videos we can find about our silly towns. I publish one of these every few months and I’m always amazed by the sheer variety of Medway-related content that manages to pop up every single time.
First up, we have an exploration of the walk along the riverfront between the Strand in Gillingham and Rainham. This is a highly underrated walking route in our towns, with varied and spectacular views and a mix of different path types along the way. Some of it isn’t hugely accessible and it can get pretty muddy at certain times of the year, but the mix of industrial and marshland with abandoned buildings and infrastructure along the way does make this an interesting little journey. The guys in the video seem to have a nice time with it too.
Most of us are fairly familiar with the networks of tunnels that run underneath Medway, but our own nuclear bunker is something that is perhaps a little more under the radar. Built in the 1980s near Farthing Corner by Southern Water, the bunker was created as a way to keep water systems in the south east operating in the event of a nuclear attack. The complex has since been abandoned, but if this video is anything to go by, it’s still fairly accessible and a lot of people are doing so, which is unfortunately leaving it looking in a sorry state at this point.
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