Harrietsham is a village on the North Downs. It is situated about 7 miles from Maidstone. The village has two churches. The small Catholic Church of the Good Shepherd, was originally built in 1881 as an Anglican church for the workers who were employed to help construct the London to Dover Railway. This church was seen as the church for the working people in the village, where as the gentry tended to use the older parish Church of St.John The Baptist.
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Walks around Harrietsham
There are a number of beautiful walks you can make around Harrietsham. If you enjoy spectacular views then why not take a walk along the Pilgrims Way. There is a 5 mile circular walk which you may like to try which starts and finishes at Harrietsham Station.
You may also be interested in following the Harrietsham Discovery Trail, which takes you on a tour of the local history including passing the site of two Anglo Saxon burial sites as well as visiting Teers Meadow wildlife area.
Usually around May Harrietsham is the starting and finishing point for the famous Bluebell Walk which helps to raise money for the Heart of Kent Hospice.
Cycle rides around Harrietsham
Pilgrims Cycle Trail - 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.
North Downs Way Riders’ Route - Ride through 1000s of years of history on the magnificent North Downs Way National Trail Riders' Route.
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.