Maidstone is a wonderful county town featuring exquisite museums, historical buildings and an array of places to eat. With two railway stations, bringing your bike to Maidstone makes perfect sense.
Day Out by Bike!
Visit for the day and hit the recently opened Medway Towpath that runs from Aylesford to East Farleigh. Featuring primarily riverside cycling, you’ll pass interesting places to visit along the way and places to simply sit and watch the wildlife under the shade of a weeping willow tree. Alight from your saddles at Maidstone to explore the museum and admire the pretty Archbishops Palace that stands prominently on the banks of the river.
Try out Active Travel…
Use the network of signed on-road cycle routes and traffic free routes to commute into work and beat the daily traffic jams. Plan your journey using Kent Connected and remember you can take your bike on any Southeastern train unless the train arrives or departs London during peak hours – but you can take a fold up bike anytime.
Get to the heart of the action using National Cycle Route 17 and use the selection of cycle parking facilities located in the town to park up and head off to the shops or for a bite to eat in one of the many cafes, restaurants and bakeries that Maidstone boasts. You don’t have to be a cycling expert to use a cycle route, simply look out for the blue National Cycle Route signposts guiding your way.
Walkers are welcome too!
Many routes are multi user meaning walkers are also welcome to use the route, so whether it’s walking to school or taking a power walk, you can use these routes to access beautiful downland countryside, two rivers, award-winning parks, a bustling nightlife, thriving retail environment and a growing business economy.
Go the Distance
Discover just how much of the area you can explore in one day in the handy map – 15 minutes of cycling will take you to the outskirts of town where you can explore the delightful villages of Bearsted, Barming and the Royal British Legion Village (depending on which direction you head off in!)
Meanwhile, 15 minutes of walking will take you to the wonderful Mote Park which you can explore to your heart’s content or explore the riverside paradise of Whatman Park, its wonderful surroundings feeling like a million miles from the bustle of the busy town centre.
Take a ride back into town on board the Kentish Lady or have lunch in one of the several eating places located on the riverside.