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Blue Bell Hill
Chatham
Crossness Engines
Crossness Ironwork

Eastbourne
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Greenwich
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Maidstone
Margate, Herne Bay xxx& Swalecliffe
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Rochester 1
Rochester 2
Southend
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Stockwood Park
Toad Rock
Tonbridge
Tunbridge Wells
Whitstable

Plants:
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Bluebell
Campanula 1
Campanula 2
Campanula 3
Daffodil Heads
Daffodil Groups
Fuchsia 1
Fuchsia 2
Lilac
Moss
Pansy Heads Cool
Pansy Heads Warm
Pansy Groups
Prunus Pink
Prunus White
  Sunflower
Tulip Heads 1
Tulip Heads 2
Tulip Groups

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Sky 3 Stormy
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Water:
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Rivers 1
Rivers 2
Rivers 3
Rivers 4
Surface Patterns

Weirs/Waterfalls

Blue Bell Hill is situated between Maidstone and Rochester, on a chalk hill overlooking the upper part of the River Medway. The picnic site gives a spectacular panoramic view over the Medway Valley and paths lead off along the North Downs Way. Bring binoculars and camera.

Blue Bell Hill looking south (left)
View left (south)

Blue Bell Hill looking south west
View ahead (south-west). Overgrown quarry in foreground with binoculars you will see rabbits.

Blue Bell Hill looking west
View right (west). The dark field centre is a quarry reclaimed by plant life.

Blue Bell Hill fence at bottom of slope
Metal fence at bottom of grassy slope. Do not let children climb it sheer drops into quarry, hidden by foliage.

Blue Bell Hill quarry over fence at bottom of slope
Camera over the fence to get view of hillside quarry, worked in 18th and 19th centuries.

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Blue Bell Hill river Medway
Bends in the infant River Medway. The hamlet front right is Burham and far side of the river is Snodland, which appears to derive its name from a settler called Snod or Snodda.

Blue Bell Hill grassy slope
Artist capturing the view. Follow the path for . . .

Blue Bell Hill gates  Blue Bell Hill, North Downs Way sign
. . . the North Downs Way, with simple plank benches at intervals.

Blue Bell Hill gate
Well maintained gates, to deter bikes and other wheels destructive to plant life, and soil which is generally thin on chalkland.

Blue Bell Hill paths
 

Kent Air Ambulance Memorial stone, Blue Bell Bill, Rochester  Blue Bell Hill picnic site

There is room for about 20 cars at the picnic site. This is a very quiet location.

The stone is a memorial to three members of Kent Air Ambulance Service who lost their lives in a helicopter crash near the village of Burham in 1998. The men's dedicated service with Kent Air Ambulance saved the lives of many people. www.kentairambulance.co.uk

Place Name No bluebells here but this website www.aerialsandtv.com/bluebellhilltx.html gives a hint as to the possible origin of the name, info gained from one George Wise, "It refers to a Blue Bell which used to summon the horses to draw the vehicles up the hill between Maidstone and Chatham."

Another site mentions an Upper Bell and Lower Bell rung to indicate a carriage going up or down the narrow road. The Upper Bell Inn has now been demolished, the loss of a centuries old landmark.

Upper Bell Inn 2009, now gone

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