GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Maidstone River Walk

6 miles (9.7 km)

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 230acres 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 OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Maidstone River Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

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 230acres 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.
On the northern side of the town there's the lovely village of Boxley to visit. Here you'll find the noteworthy Boxley Warren Nature Reserve and the remains of the 12th century Boxley Abbey.
To the east you can enjoy walks along the North Downs Way around the worthy village of Hollingbourne. The historic village includes over a hundred listed buildings including some fine timber framedstructures on Eyhorne Street and the noteworthy All Saints Churchwhich dates from the 14th century. There's also a splendid 11th century pub to investigate after your exercise. Just to the north of here there's also the lovely Hucking Estate which includes a Norman church, a waymarked sculpture trail and another fine country pub at the north western end.
Just to the east there's the circular Bearsted Walk which visits the ruins of the 12th century Thurnham Castle in White Horse Wood Country Park. The village is also worth a visit with a nice village green, a 13th century church, a conservation area with many historic listed buildings and a 17th century pub to see.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Kent Walks and North Downs Walks pages.

Photos

Narrowboat moored on the River Medway - geograph.org.uk - 1510269

Narrowboat moored on the River Medway

A working narrowboat passes new flats in Maidstone - geograph.org.uk - 1510272

A working narrowboat passes new flats in Maidstone

Bench by the Medway Valley Walk - geograph.org.uk - 1512645

Bench by the Medway Valley Walk

Fishermen by the River Medway - geograph.org.uk - 1512617

Fishermen by the River Medway

Boats on River Medway at Sandling - geograph.org.uk - 1354220

Boats on River Medway at Sandling

The old bridge, Aylesford, viewed from the footpath - geograph.org.uk - 740000

The old bridge, Aylesford, viewed from the footpath

The Friars, Aylesford Priory from footpath - geograph.org.uk - 1097289

The Friars, Aylesford Priory from footpath

Leybourne Lakes Country Park - geograph.org.uk - 665697

Leybourne Lakes Country Park

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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