Aylesford is a large village on the River Medway. The old village can be accessed on foot via a 14th century five-arched bridge and is about 10 minutes walk from the station. There has been settlement here since Neolithic times, as evidenced by the long barrows at Aylesford Priory, (The Friars,) an ancient religious house of the Order of Carmelites dating back to the 13th Century.The village has restaurants and pubs along the riverside which make a great stopping point for cycle rides or walks.
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Walks Around Aylesford
There are a number of beautiful walks you can make around Aylesford. Click on the images to download the latest maps or the following links.
Pits and Pilgrims - 7 mile walk
This will take approximately 4 hours to walk and involves some uphill walking. This starts from Aylesford train station.
Aylesford Community Trail - 6 mile walk
This walk is mainly on tracks and across farmland. You can either start this walk from Aylesford station or Aylesford car park.
Maidstone Downs - 12 Miles
If you would like a longer walk the Hollingbourne to Aylesford route may be what you are just looking for. This route takes you past Kit's Coty House and links our Medway Valley Line and Kent Downs Line.
We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness.
However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes.
Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces.
Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.