Yalding River Walk
This circular walk from Yalding takes you along the River Medway before returning to the village through some lovely Kent countryside. The trail runs for about 10 miles on generally flat paths with some small climbs on the section through the countryside.
The walk starts from the centre of Yalding but you could also easily start from Yalding train station. From the village you pick up the Medway Valley Walk and follow it south west to meet with the river at Twyford Bridge. The route continues along the riverside path, passing Banbridges before coming to Ford Green Bridge. Here you leave the river and head north along the Wealdway long distance footpath. This will takes you through Barnes Street where you can enjoy views of the River Bourne. The trail continues north through some attractive farmland, passing Peckham Bush on the way. Near Mount Pleasant Farm the trail links with the Greensand Way. You can then follow this east through Moat Wood and Nettlestead Green back to Yalding.
If you prefer you could continue along the Medway into Tonbridge and then get the bus back from there instead of returning through the countryside on foot. You could also head north from the village along the river to Wateringbury and Maidstone.
Yalding River Walk Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Yalding River Walk Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Yalding River Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Yalding River Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The circular Wateringbury River Walk starts from the train station in the village and provides an alternative route in the area. Near here you can also visit the lovely Teston Bridge Country Park where you'll find a medieval 14th century bridge, a rushing weir, river trails and lots of river loving wildlife.
Just to the south west you can try the East Peckham River Walk. The village is in a nice location on both the Medway and the River Bourne.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Kent Walks page.