Walking and Cycling Routes in Maidstone
Are you looking for a great walk? Hill top walking with great views? Maybe waterside walking along the river? Alternatively a walk through the blossom in spring, the bluebell woods or kick your way through the crunchy autumn leaves, there are plenty of seasonal walks in the Maidstone area.
The most famous walking route is the North Downs Way which cuts through the villages of Hollingbourne and Lenham, just north of Maidstone. Most of the 156 mile journey, which starts in Surrey and ends in Dover, is along the highest points of the North Downs ridge. It is not necessary to walk the whole trip but a map can be purchased from the Visitor Information Centre to ensure you can find connecting footpaths in this beautiful area, so you can enjoy a circular walk on marked bridleways and footpaths.
A Landranger map can open up the whole area to a keen walker taking in pretty countryside, villages, farms, towns, shops, pubs and beautiful landscapes. For easier walking try one of the marked trail riverside walks such as the Millennium River Park in Maidstone. This way you can keep the river on your right or left, taking the worry out of getting lost and you can walk all the way from Maidstone to Yalding and back. Bluebell Hill and Teston Country Park also offer a variety of walks.
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The River Medway is an idyllic place to take a leisurely walk.
Maidstone Millennium River Park stretches 10km along the River Medway from Teston Country Park, through Maidstone Town Centre, to Allington Lock and the Kent Life Heritage Farm Park.
The 3 km Teston River Walk has great views of the River Medway.
The Yalding- Nettlestead Walk meanders 6 miles in a circular route from Teapot Island in Yalding to the village of Nettlestead.
West Farleigh River Walk has a steep hill leading to some excellent views of the River Medway Valley. It can be linked to the Teston to Wateringbury walk.
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