Maidstone River Walk
A nice riverside walk along the Medway from Maidstone to Leybourne Lakes Country Park. It's a lovely section of the river, passing a number of interesting villages. The route follows a section of the Medway Valley Walk long distance trail.
The walk starts on St Peter's Bridge and heads north to Ringlestone, passing the Gallagher Stadium, home to Maidstone United F.C. The river bends round to the village of Aylesford. Here you cross the river and follow it round to New Hythe and Leybourne Lakes. In the park you will find 230 acres of lakes and woodland providing a peaceful location for wildlife and birdwatching.
After exploring the park you can catch the train back to Maidstone from New Hythe.
Maidstone River Walk Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Maidstone River Walk Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Maidstone River Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Maidstone River Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Maidstone River Walk Pubs/Cafes
In Aylesford the historic Chequers is a pub of some note. It's the oldest pub in the village, dating all the way back to 1511. It's set in a Grade II listed timber framed, former wool merchants house. The pub is located in a lovely spot with views of the old bridge from the riverside garden area in the back. You can find them on the High Street at postcode ME20 7AY for your sat navs. They are dog friendly if you have your canine friend with you.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
To continue your walking around Maidstone head west to visit the interesting town of West Malling and Manor Park Country Park. There's fields, wildflower meadows and a pretty lake with lots of birds to see here.
Also nearby is the splendid Leybourne Lakes Country Park. Here you'll find 230 acres of lakes and woodland providing a peaceful location for wildlife and birdwatching.
Near the town you can pick up the circular Aylesford Walk. This route starts from the attractive village and takes you along both sides of the river. It also visits several interesting historical sites including Allington Castle, Allington Locks, the Museum of Kent Life and Aylesford Priory.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Kent Walks and North Downs Walks pages.