Hollingbourne is a small village situated about 5 miles from Maidstone, nestling on the southward slope of the North Downs. The North Down National Trail and Pilgrim's way passes through the village. Hollingbourne Hill is a famous measuring point used by both the Royal Greenwich Observatory and Paris Observatory.
In 2021 Kent Community Rail Partnership began work with the local community to re-imagine the former station booking hall as a community hub. With financial support from Southeastern and the Railway Heritage Trust the derelict shell has been transformed and a Community Interest Company formed to raise further funds and manage the space.
You can keep up to date with this exciting project on The Station at Hollingbourne website.
We would like to thank "Rainham Rail Enthusiast" for allowing us to link his video of the station.
Walks Around Hollingbourne
There are a number of beautiful walks around the Hollingbourne area that take you through beautiful countryside. Discover the history along the North Dane Way, including Eythorne Mill and the ghosts of Eythorne Manor, featuring Catherine Howard, one of Henry the Eight's many wives. You will find two circular walks recommended by the North Downs Way National Trail.
Map for the Hollingbourne Circular Walk
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.
Walks of the Dirty Habit, No1. The Habit Small Circular Stroll: 3 miles
Walks of the Dirty Habit, No2. Coombe Wood: 3.5 miles
Walks of the Dirty Habit, No3. Through the Habit Hills: 4 miles
Walks of the Dirty Habit, No4. The Pilgrim's Discovery Walk: 4.5 miles
Walks of the Dirty Habit, No5. The Hollingbourne Circle: 5 miles
Cycle Rides Around Hollingbourne
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.