GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Leeds Castle Maidstone Walks

3 miles (5 km)

Explore the stunning grounds of this 19th century castle and former residence of Catherine of Aragon.There are 500 acres of beautiful parkland, open water and formal gardens to explore on well laid out walking paths.
You can enjoy a waterside stroll along the River Len in the delightful Wood Garden with its Azaleas and Rhododendrons.The Culpeper Garden is also stunning with floral displays including Roses, Lupins, Poppies and Lads' Love. The Mediterranean Garden Terrace is also popular with a south facing aspect, authentic Mediterranean style, and superb views across the Great Water.
Other attractions include a unique maze with 2,400 yew trees and an underworld grotto, with macabre forms and mythical beasts created from shells, minerals and wood. There are also super Falconry Displays with different birds of prey including Owls, Hawks, Falcons to Eagles.
Tours of the castle are well worthwhile with its magnificent state rooms, exquisite furnishings and historic paintings.

Leeds Castle Maidstone OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Leeds Castle Maidstone Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Dog Walking

Dogs are not allowed at the castle because of the abundance of wildfowl. Nearby Hever Castle does admit dogs though.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The Kingswood Walk visits the castle from the village to the south.
Head south to Sutton Valence and you can pick up the Greensand Way. This major long distance walk follows the ridge of greensand rock through Surrey and Kent. Here you can also visit the ruins of the 12th century Sutton Valence Castle for some more local history. You can then climb up to the castle and enjoy wonderful views over East Sussex and the Weald of Kent.
Just to the east there's the village of Harrietsham where you can pick up the circular bluebell woodland walk. The walk includes a visit to the noteworthy Ringlestone Inn, a beautiful grade II listed pub housed in building dating back to 1533 and originally used as a hospice for monks.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Leeds Castle - geograph.org.uk - 1012886

The Maiden's Tower and New Castle across the moat

Gardens at Leeds Castle - geograph.org.uk - 1218599

Gardens at Leeds Castle

Entrance to Leeds Castle - geograph.org.uk - 1555790

Entrance to Leeds Castle

Jousting at Leeds Castle - geograph.org.uk - 653087

Jousting at Leeds Castle

Lake, Leeds Castle, Kent - geograph.org.uk - 2596050

Lake and information board.

Avocet - geograph.org.uk - 1012950

Avocet in the aviary.

Pavilion - geograph.org.uk - 938126

Pavilion

Peacock, Leeds Castle, Kent - geograph.org.uk - 2594332

Peacock roaming the grounds in summer

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

Leeds Castle Maidstone.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Leeds Castle Maidstone.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)