Walking & Cycling Routes in Maidstone
Are you looking for a great walk?
Hill top walking with great views?
Maybe waterside walking along the river?
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.
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 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.
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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.
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.
A bike ride offers a great way to explore the Kent countryside, giving a different perspective and allowing you to roam a little bit further.
Adventurous cyclists will appreciate the challenge offered by the North Downs Way and the Pilgrims Way, which can either be ridden in full, or tackled in sections with lots of easy access points along the way.
Alternatively, Mote Park offers a family-friendly, traffic-free cycling experience.
Electric bike tours are an excellent way to discover even more of Kent's beautiful countryside, quaint villages, vineyards and gardens. UK Electric Bike Hire & Tours offer you the chance to zip around the quiet lanes in the Weald of Kent, with a choice of several guided tours and self-hire available.
You ride an electric bike the same way as you would a normal bike, except you have the optional motor that kicks in when you pedal, making climbing hills easy!
If you're coming to Maidstone by train, you can hire a Brompton Bike from Maidstone East Station. Short and long-term hire is available and prices start from just £2.50 per day.
Whatever bike you ride, Explore Kent has further details of local cycle routes, with downloadable maps and directions.
Below is a collection of links to the other key sections of the site so you can start planning your next visit.
- Bed & Breakfasts
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- Camping & Caravan Parks
- Pubs & Inns
So choose a date and book your Maidstone holiday now!
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