Walking & Cycling Routes in Maidstone
Are you looking for a great walk?
Hill top walking with great views?
Maybe waterside walking along the river?
Fancy a bike ride in the countryside along quiet lanes?
Walk through the blossom in spring and 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 distance and 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. Exploring further with circurlar walks makes this an easily explored destination check out Explore Kent.
There are lots of country pubs in the Maidstone area, many ideally placed for starting and finishing a walk or taking a well-earned rest on route. The Dirty Habit in Hollingbourne has a number of circular walks for you to enjoy.
The Maidstone Ramblers have a very active and full programme of walks. The current programme can be downloaded here
The Kent countryside has long attracted film and TV producers looking for authentic buildings and beautiful scenery to stage their productions. It has also provided inspiration to authors such as Charles Dickens and Jane Austen. Now you can explore some of the most iconic locations on a series of trails (some will require a car to drive between stops, while others can be done by bike or on foot). Visit http://kentfilmoffice.co.uk/kent-movie-map/moviemap-live-2/ and select the trail you're interested in for more details.
Walking Maps You can Download & Enjoy
Uncovering the many historic attractions of Maidstone is simple by following our historic walking tour. Discover such iconic landmarks as the Archbishop's Palace, All Saints Church, and Maidstone Museum.
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.
Exploring further along the river and taking in some of the delightful pubs, places to relax, local food and simply enjoying the river and some of the circular trails which lead from the river is a great way to find out more about this region.
Bicycles and Cycling Tours
Cycling through the wonderful countryside in the quiet lanes of the Weald is perfect, taking in vineyards, historic houses and a host of wonderful scenery. If you don't have your own bike then try and electric bike from UK Electric Bike Hire. This is a great way to enjoy the countryside either by yourself or on an organised route. Lots of fun can be had and "it makes me smile all day".
The river path which runs from Allington Lock to Barming is currently being up graded to a cycle route. This runs along the riverside, which is glorious and the perfect way to spend and easy cycling day. It is due for completion in early summer of 2017.
Below is a collection of links to the other key sections of the site so you can start planning your next visit.
- Bed & Breakfasts
- Self Catering & Holiday Cottages
- Camping & Caravan Parks
- Pubs & Inns
So choose a date and book your Maidstone holiday now!
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