Discovering Nature for Families - Heart of Kent Walking Festival

Type:Guided Walk

Leybourne Lakes Country Park, Malling Road, Leybourne, Kent, ME6 5ST

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Discovering Nature for Families - Heart of Kent Walking Festival


Explore the rolling landscape that surrounds Yalding, a village steeped in history, and terrain that is home to a variety of wildlife. On route you will see traditional Hopper Huts constructed in 1880 for the annual hop pickers. 

Meet us at Yalding railway station, where you will be greeted with some refreshments. The route will take you through Yalding Fen with woodland, willow carr, ponds and a traditional orchard. Look out for grass snakes swimming on the pond.

You will cross the 15th century Yalding Bridge, the longest medieval bridge in Kent. Enjoy views of Buston Manor before reaching Greensand Way. This path stretched through Hampshire, Surrey and Kent across a sandstone Ridge and provides stunning views.

The final stretch will provide nice views of the River Medway before arriving at Wateringbury Station.


Dogs: On a lead

Age: 16+

Walk: Linear

Grade: Challenging

Start Point: Yalding Train Station, Nettlestead Green, Maidstone, ME18 6HJ

End Point: Wateringbury Train Station, Maidstone, ME18 5EA

Start Time: 09:30

Distance: 6.2mi/9.9km

Duration (approx.): 3hrs


Led by: Explore Kent/Kent Community Rail Partnership – Vicky Carton/Andy Place

Guide Prices

Booking coming soon.

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Parking: Maidstone West Station or at Lockmeadow Leisure Complex.

Public Transport Directions

Train: From Maidstone West Station to Yalding/ Wateringbury to Maidstone West.

Opening Times

Season (26 Apr 2020)


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