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Slow Ways linking Maidstone and Chatham, Ditton, Headcorn, Hucking, King's Hill, Lenham, Marden, Paddock Wood, Rochester, Snodland, West Malling
Great Britain / Kent / Maidstone
Maidstone’s eleven Slow Ways are 48% checked
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|Slow Way||Route||To do|
||Review me||Distance 8km/5mi||Ascent 94m||Descent 82m|
||Verify me||Distance 12km/7mi||Ascent 153m||Descent 75m|
||Pioneer me||Distance 15km/10mi||Ascent -||Descent -|
||Pioneer me||Distance 19km/11mi||Ascent 314m||Descent 317m|
||Double check||Distance 19km/12mi||Ascent 182m||Descent 175m|
||Review me||Distance 12km/7mi||Ascent 350m||Descent 197m|
||Review me||Distance 17km/11mi||Ascent 291m||Descent 188m|
||Double check||Distance 17km/11mi||Ascent 190m||Descent 202m|
||Review me||Distance 20km/12mi||Ascent 167m||Descent 163m|
||Review me||Distance 16km/10mi||Ascent 267m||Descent 261m|
||Review me||Distance 14km/8mi||Ascent 111m||Descent 115m|
||Double check||Distance 12km/7mi||Ascent 114m||Descent 150m|
||Pioneer me||Distance 10km/6mi||Ascent 97m||Descent 71m|
46% of Maidstone’s eleven route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified
5 people have contributed to Maidstone’s Slow Ways
3 people have pledged to walk and review a route
1 people have surveyed a route in Maidstone
146km out of 190km have been walked and reviewed
205km of reviews have been shared in Maidstone
Hadyn Cutler added Kinmai two, a new walk from King's Hill to MaidstoneWalk this route
There are several places where a more direct route could be taken with map reading or advance route planning....
Zen Miguel surveyed Kinmai oneWalk this route
Zen Miguel pledged to walk Kinmai oneWalk this route
Zen Miguel pledged to walk Kinmai oneWalk this route
Zen Miguel pledged to walk Wesmai twoWalk this route
I recall getting lost at some point around the A20, but I'm not sure if this was because of our ineptitude (as we'd been walking for sometime) or because of a mistake in the routing....
It's fine as way of walking from Paddock Wood to Maidstone - the paths are easy to find, it's fairly direct and much the way is on flat, gravel or tarmac surfaces....
It's tricky to find the route at times and it's tough going....
The highlight - just over half way through the walk - is a path which takes you round Leeds Castle, giving a different view from the wrong/rarely photographed side....
Zen Miguel added Wesmai two, a new walk from West Malling to MaidstoneWalk this route
This is a reasonable route with some pleasant sections by the river Medway and in the higher ground above Yalding.( Walked in late summer /autumn)....
Zen Miguel surveyed MaidstoneView facilities
confident walkers but not suitable for wheelers of beginnners and route difficult to follow between Linton and Marden. The second part of the walk from Linton starting at St Nicholas Church on Linton Hill to Marden is more difficult to follow as in mid- summer the paths are starting to get overgrown with brambles and path markings are not particularly clear...
The next section from Chart Sutton area across fields and then turning left towards Sutton Valence was reasonable walking. Care needed crossing A274 road into Sutton Valence ( lovely views) Steeps steps down from upper part of Sutton Valence and then below castle there was a step and very overgrown path ( very wet at the time ) Dropped down by fruit farm and very sticky ground towards Heniker Lane which I managed to follow around Weald of kent GOlf Course and then finally lost definitive route and ran out of time just after the Golf Course....
This is a an easy route, with much of the well-signposted, flat path farm being concrete, gravel or, for the final stretch between Allington lock and Maidstone, tarmac. Despite the made path, it's also a glorious route which cuts through Kent farmland not yet fully industrialised and crossing a tidal, near-estuarine stretch of the Medway: you step back into a Michael Balcon film. That can't last - so it's a walk worth making before the landscape changes forever....
Then path to Otham Green and from below Stoneacre up field path to Chambers Farm ( fruit growing), using marked tracks across farm by Polytunnels. Then paths across road at Arnold Court to Brogden, Church Lane and finally entering Leeds Castle park. Crossing road and then through farm taking care to find path which is marked but a little difficult to locate....
The first section from Maidstone Museum to Bearsted Golf course was reasonable , straightforward for most walkers and possibly wheelers however I missed a short section near Hockers Lane ( the path entrance was up a private drive though was actually accessible....
I walked this in 2 sections in May, first from Maidstone to Northpole Road, Barming Heath in a couple of hours. Road walking through Barming Heath to Northpole Road. Second part of walk from Northpole Road goes past converted Water tower then left through Oaken wood on good wide path with variable surface including stone chippings. Note there are some road sections and road crossing needed....
The path then follows the river bank to Aylesford where there is a short road section and it is necessary to cross the road by Forstal and Station Road at the old Aylesford Bridge. Overall it is a reasonable walking route (with limited climbing and some mixed surfaces with some sections suitable for a range of wheeled access ( particularly the riverbank sections apart from the section in Aylesford which was muddy and had many roots. The other side of the riverbank ( right bank) from Maidstone to Aylesford ( without crossing at the locks) is easier to use without the fields and more rough sections across fields and woods and avoids 2 of the level crossings...
Judie surveyed MaidstoneView facilities
When arriving in Maidstone the route shows to leave the river and cross the road to Faith Street but there is no exit point from the river there and the road crossing is further down, opposite Earl Street....
Slow Ways added Ditmai one, a new walk from Ditton to MaidstoneWalk this route
Slow Ways added Kinmai one, a new walk from King's Hill to MaidstoneWalk this route
Slow Ways added Maicha one, a new walk from Maidstone to ChathamWalk this route
Slow Ways added Maihea one, a new walk from Maidstone to HeadcornWalk this route
Slow Ways added Maihuc one, a new walk from Maidstone to HuckingWalk this route
Slow Ways added Mailen one, a new walk from Maidstone to LenhamWalk this route
Slow Ways added Marmai one, a new walk from Marden to MaidstoneWalk this route
Slow Ways added Padmai one, a new walk from Paddock Wood to MaidstoneWalk this route
Slow Ways added Rocmai one, a new walk from Rochester to MaidstoneWalk this route
Slow Ways added Snomai one, a new walk from Snodland to MaidstoneWalk this route
Slow Ways added Wesmai one, a new walk from West Malling to MaidstoneWalk this route
Maidstone’s Slow Ways starting point
Lat / Lon
51.27583° / 0.52054°
Easting / Northing
575,902E / 155,982N
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