Stretching over 12km, there is no set entrance and exit to the Maidstone River Park – it all depends where you want to start your journey.

The main gateways to the river park are: Teston Country Park, East Farleigh, Maidstone town centre, Whatman Park, Kent Life and Aylesford. If you’re exploring on foot, you’ll discover numerous alleyways, bridges and paths along the 12km route.

By car

The river park can be accessed from junction six off the M20 and junction three of the M2.

At junction six is Allington Lock and Kent Life. Further along the A229 is Maidstone town centre, where there are numerous pay and display car parks adjacent to the river – listed below. Continue through the town and join the A26. This road runs almost parallel with the river as it heads upstream. Teston Country Park, at the other end of the park, is signed off the A26.

Car parks

Bailey Bridge East/West, ME20 7AU

  • Free to park for a maximum of 23 hours per day
  • Park here for Aylesford village and the riverside walk between Aylesford and Allington Lock

Lock Lane, Sandling, ME14 3AU

  • For visitors to Kent Life and the Malta Inn only

James Whatman Way, ME14 1LQ

  • On-street pay and display bays or pay via the RingGo app
  • Park here for the Gallagher Stadium, Kent History & Library Centre and Whatman Park

Fremlin Walk, ME14 1PS

  • Pay on foot scheme
  • Park here for the town centre stretch of the river park

Medway Street, ME14 1JS

  • Pay and display or pay via the RingGo app
  • Park here for the town centre stretch of the river park

Lockmeadow, Barker Road, ME16 8LW.

  • Pay and display or pay via the RingGo app
  • Park here for All Saints Church, Hermitage Millennium Amphitheatre, Kentish Lady river boat and the Lockmeadow Centre

Teston Country Park, ME18 5BX.

  • Pay and display
  • Park here for Teston Country Park and riverside walk towards Barming and East Farleigh

By rail

London Victoria line

  • Maidstone East Station

Medway Valley Line

  • Aylesford
  • Maidstone Barracks
  • Maidstone West
  • East Farleigh

From the Medway Valley Line you can discover much of the river park. At Aylesford or Maidstone West you can buy a return ticket to Wateringbury – this will take in Tovil, East Farleigh, Barming and Teston.

By bus

Maidstone town centre is at the heart of the local bus network.

Arriva service 155

  • For Allington Lock and Kent Life

Arriva service 6

  • For Lockmeadow, Maidstone West, Barming and Teston