West Malling to Maidstone East


  • Start: West Malling station (station code WMA, postcode ME19 6HJ)
  • Finish: Maidstone East station (station code MDE, postcode ME14 1QN)
  • Distance: 15.67km
  • Total ascent: 163m
  • Naismith time: 3h 24m
  • London terminus: Victoria
  • Ticketing: Day return to Maidstone East
  • Intermediate transport: Trains to Maidstone East at East Malling (5.04km), and to Maidstone Barracks at East Farleigh (11.52km); buses to Maidstone at Barming (9.83km)
  • Facilities: All facilities in West Malling (1.07km) and Maidstone; convenience shop and pub at Barming (9.83km); café at East Farleigh (11.52km)


This walk splits into three sections. Firstly, the walk through West Malling and its attendant orchards. Secondly, the farmland and woodland in and around Oaken Wood and on to Barming. Finally, the drop to the River Medway to wrap up the walk by following the river past East Farleigh station to Maidstone. No great hills to climb, and just the “necessary and sufficient” entanglement with towns and villages along the way. The centre of Maidstone is, of course, all busyness and bluster (and may be visited from the bridge at Broadway), but the route makes only the minimum contact with this aspect of the town.


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