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Maidstone

Kent


Slow Ways linking Maidstone and Chatham, Ditton, Headcorn, Hucking, King's Hill, Lenham, Marden, Paddock Wood, Rochester, Snodland, West Malling

England / Kent / Maidstone

Maidstone’s eleven Slow Ways are 48% checked

Drawn: 11/11
reviewed: 10/11
verified: 0/11
and surveyed: 0/11

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Slow Way Route To do
Ditton—Maidstone
Ditmai one Verify me Distance 8km/5mi Ascent 94m Descent 82m
King's Hill—Maidstone
Kinmai one Verify me Distance 12km/7mi Ascent 153m Descent 75m
King's Hill—Maidstone
Kinmai two Pioneer me Distance 15km/10mi Ascent - Descent -
Maidstone—Chatham
Maicha one Pioneer me Distance 19km/11mi Ascent 314m Descent 317m
Maidstone—Headcorn
Maihea one

Double check Distance 19km/12mi Ascent 182m Descent 175m
Maidstone—Hucking
Maihuc one

Review me Distance 12km/7mi Ascent 350m Descent 197m
Maidstone—Hucking
Maihuc two Review me Distance 13km/8mi Ascent 283m Descent 127m
Maidstone—Lenham
Mailen one

Review me Distance 17km/11mi Ascent 291m Descent 188m
Marden—Maidstone
Marmai one

Double check Distance 17km/11mi Ascent 190m Descent 202m
Paddock Wood—Maidstone
Padmai one

Review me Distance 20km/12mi Ascent 167m Descent 163m
Rochester—Maidstone
Rocmai one Review me Distance 16km/10mi Ascent 267m Descent 261m
Rochester—Maidstone
Rocmai two Review me Distance 19km/12mi Ascent 269m Descent 260m
Snodland—Maidstone
Snomai one Review me Distance 14km/8mi Ascent 111m Descent 115m
West Malling—Maidstone
Wesmai one

Double check Distance 12km/7mi Ascent 114m Descent 150m
West Malling—Maidstone
Wesmai two Pioneer me Distance 10km/6mi Ascent 97m Descent 71m

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Collective progress

47% of Maidstone’s eleven route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

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drawn

12/15

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1/15

surveyed

0/15

verified

6 people have contributed to Maidstone’s Slow Ways

6 people have pledged to walk and review a route

1 people have surveyed a route in Maidstone

177km out of 221km have been walked and reviewed

245km of reviews have been shared in Maidstone

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The route from Maidstone town centre to Vinters Valley is straightforward and relatively quiet; the nature reserve was lovely in the hot weather, going up a very shady and quiet valley. Bearsted Golf Course was about par for a golf course public footpath; but as always I wish they’d make the posts easier to spot from a distance, white paint or something. But the traffic was very polite and much quieter than any road before the golf course, somehow even though some of those were partially closed for roadworks. Between the pub to Coldharbour Farm the route follows a young long distance route, the Augustine Camino, which has reliable but discreet white and purple stickers on fences and posts....

Daisy C

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Maidstone—Hucking

Daisy C added Maihuc two, a new walk from Maidstone to Hucking

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The riverside parts are very tranquil especially between Allington Lock and Maidstone where the houseboats also add a bit of colour. There was a footpath diversion near Coldharbour Lane in Sept 2023 but it was well signed and Kent Council's website suggests it has now be reinstated, March 2024. There was a footpath diversion somewhere between Coldharbour Lane and the M20 footbridge but it was easy to use (and apparently reinstated before this edit in March 2024) and a railway level crossing....

Daisy C

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No public transport in central 2 quartiles but Aylesford station is about a mile from Aylesford village. Will probably add more and some photos later....

Daisy C

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Rochester—Maidstone

Daisy C added Rocmai two, a new walk from Rochester to Maidstone

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King's Hill—Maidstone

Hadyn Cutler added Kinmai two, a new walk from King's Hill to Maidstone

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There are several places where a more direct route could be taken with map reading or advance route planning....

Zen Miguel

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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....

ShortLegsLongWalk

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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....

benjoda

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It's tricky to find the route at times and it's tough going....

benjoda

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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....

benjoda

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West Malling—Maidstone

Zen Miguel added Wesmai two, a new walk from West Malling to Maidstone

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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)....

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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...

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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....

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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....

benjoda

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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....

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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....

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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....

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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...

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Maidstone

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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....

Karsco

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Ditton—Maidstone

Slow Ways added Ditmai one, a new walk from Ditton to Maidstone

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King's Hill—Maidstone

Slow Ways added Kinmai one, a new walk from King's Hill to Maidstone

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Maidstone—Chatham

Slow Ways added Maicha one, a new walk from Maidstone to Chatham

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Maidstone—Headcorn

Slow Ways added Maihea one, a new walk from Maidstone to Headcorn

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Maidstone—Hucking

Slow Ways added Maihuc one, a new walk from Maidstone to Hucking

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Maidstone—Lenham

Slow Ways added Mailen one, a new walk from Maidstone to Lenham

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Marden—Maidstone

Slow Ways added Marmai one, a new walk from Marden to Maidstone

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Paddock Wood—Maidstone

Slow Ways added Padmai one, a new walk from Paddock Wood to Maidstone

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Rochester—Maidstone

Slow Ways added Rocmai one, a new walk from Rochester to Maidstone

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Snodland—Maidstone

Slow Ways added Snomai one, a new walk from Snodland to Maidstone

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West Malling—Maidstone

Slow Ways added Wesmai one, a new walk from West Malling to Maidstone

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Maidstone’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

TQ7590255982

Lat / Lon

51.27583° / 0.52054°

Easting / Northing

575,902E / 155,982N

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Facilities

Users have reported that the following facilities can be found within 1km of Maidstone's meeting point

Public toilet

Wheelchair accessible toilet

Supermarket or convenience shop

Restaurant, cafe or pub

Accommodation

Accommodation for under £50 a night

Campsite

Bothy

Free wifi

Mobility scooter hire

Off-road wheelchair hire

Disabled Parking

Train station

Bus stop

Ferry

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