Maidstone East Station
About Maidstone East
Maidstone is the county town of Kent. The River Medway runs through the centre of the town, linking it with Rochester and the Thames Estuary. Historically, the river was a source and route for much of the town’s trade as the centre of the agricultural county of Kent, known as the Garden of England. There is evidence of a settlement in the area dating back to before the Stone Age. Maidstone is one of the premier shopping areas in Kent and has many large shops as well as some small boutique shops. The Library and History Centre is the central library for Kent. There are parks and open spaces within walking distance of the town and a riverside walking and cycling route.
Maidstone East Station is the main station for fans wishing to visit Maidstone United Football Club.
We would like to thank "Rainham Rail Enthusiast" for allowing us to link his video of the station.
Maidstone town centre boasts fantastic shopping, with an eclectic mix of unique stores and high street favourites. Throughout the region there are plenty of opportunities to sample the fabulous food and drink crafted from local produce. Maidstone proudly hosts a vast selection and variety of great events each year. There is so much to see and do and you can explore further with a PlusBus ticket when you arrive by train to Visit Maidstone.
Walks around Maidstone
There are plenty of places you can walk to in Maidstone. Mote Park often holds organised events and festivals. You may also chose to walk along the picturesque Tow Path.
There are two planned circular routes that start at our sister stations. West to East which will take you to the village of East Farleigh and Reptiles and Rebellion which takes you through teh town centre to Vinters Valley Nature Reserve.
Maidstone West- West to East
Maidstone Barracks- Reptiles & Rebellion
Cycle rides around Maidstone
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.
There are a number of other routes that pass through Maidstone and the surrounding areas. Here is a map of some of the places to cycle around Maidstone: Explore Maidstone
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.