The village sits between Chatham and Maidstone and is part of the North Downs AONB, overlooking the River Medway. The village enjoys the amenity of a 12- acre nature reserve with hiking trails and a picnic area. The Medway Megaliths, a group of prehistoric tombs, are a notable feature of the landscape. There is a commuter coach service to London from the village, which has easy access to the M2 and M20 motorways. The local primary school and Greenacre Academy secondary school are both rated as Good by Ofsted. Independent education is available at Rochester Independent College and St. Andrew’s School. Chatham is a lively market town in North Kent, 4 miles north of the village, with a population of around 76,000 residents. The town is popular with commuters to London, with regular train services to London Victoria, Charing Cross and St. Pancras International. The town has a pedestrianised High Street, the main shopping centres being The Pentagon shopping centre, with household national chains, and the Dockside outlet centre. Supermarkets include Sainsbury’s and Morrisons. The museum includes the submarine HMS Ocelot, reflecting the maritime history of the town and which still offers a marina and yacht moorings. Notable buildings include the Grade 11 Listed Chatham town hall, now the Brook Theatre. Maidstone is the County Town of Kent, 6 miles south of the village, with two major shopping centres being The Mall and Fremlin Walk.