Bearsted is a village located 2 miles from Maidstone town centre and is on the north bank of the River Len. It's name originates from the Anglo-Saxon word Bergestede, which can be translate as hill or barrow. Bearsted has a beautiful village green that often hosts community events and small festivals.
Although not the closest station to Leeds Castle, there is a shuttle bus service that runs from Bearsted Station to Leeds Castle. The picturesque castle has beautiful grounds and is steeped in history. The 900 year old Norman castle was once home to six of England's medieval queens including Catherine of Aragon. It is certainly well worth a visit.
Walks around Bearsted
Map for Bearsted Circular Walk
Cycle rides around Bearsted
If you fancy a challenge why not cycle along part of the Pilgrims Way or even the entire 47 miles. There are picturesque views across the North Downs but a mountain bike is advisable as part of the route is in need of some repair.
Pilgrims Cycle Trail
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.