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Its past significance as a means of travel is indicated by the prehistoric Medway megaliths 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 viaducts.
It also has the effect of creating local weather patterns, thereby frequently exhibiting opposite conditions to the surrounding countryside.
It is also used by local government to refer to the series of small towns north west of Maidstone, within Tonbridge and Malling such as Aylesford, East Malling, Eccles, Larkfield, Leybourne, Snodland and West Malling
- Kev Reynolds (1 Aug 2001). The North Downs Way. Cicerone Press Limited. Retrieved 9 June 2012.