The Medway Towpath, which opened in spring 2017, is a 10.5km route between Aylesford and Barming.
It is an ideal way for cyclists and walkers to explore Maidstone River Park. The path takes you on a journey that shows how the river has evolved over many years.
Starting out at Aylesford, there are the industrial buildings that back on to the river. A country lane then weaves through to Allington Lock, where people enjoy refreshments at The Little Old Toll House or Malta Inn, while others head to Kent Life.
The path continues upstream, opening out to reveal the stunning Allington Castle. Continuing on the route passes Allington Marina, Gibraltar House and on to Whatman Park.
From there, it’s the sport zone with the Gallagher Stadium, Maidstone Invicta Rowing Club and Maidstone Canoe Club nestled by the river.
Under the High Level Bridge, which carries the Maidstone East line over the Medway, through the town centre – taking in Fremlin Walk, St Peter’s Bridge, Maidstone Bridge, Maidstone Crown Court, Archbishops Palace, All Saints Church and the Lockmeadow Centre.
Once by the apartments leading to Tovil, it’s a rural route through to East Farleigh. The tranquil village is the perfect place to admire the boats moored up on either side of the river bank.
From Farleigh, the path heads through some stunning scenery to end at Barming Bridge.
- If you’re cycling the Medway Towpath, please note there are some short dismount sections at Aylesford, Maidstone town centre and East Farleigh. The start and end of these sections are signed.
Funding from the South East Local Enterprise Partnership, Kent County Council and Maidstone Borough Council enabled the towpath improvements to go ahead. It was the biggest investment in Maidstone River Park since the Millennium project that created it.
Here are some other walking suggestions courtesy of Explore Kent: