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East Malling

Walks in West Kent

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Rating: 3 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 5 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
Family Friendly

Overview:  5 miles (8km) approx. 10,000 steps
Allow 2.5 hours

About the walk:
This walk starts in the village of East Malling and follows a... more »

Tips:  Distance: 5 miles (8km) Allow 2.5 hours
Start/Finish: East Malling Church
Stiles: 3
Gates: 1
Terrain: Fields and woodland paths,... more »

How to get there:

By Car: From M20 Junction 4 follow signs to Maidstone via A20 (London Road). Once on A20, follow signs for East Malling
Postcode: ME19 6AH
Parking: Limited on road parking is available in Church Walk road. Please note that parking at the King & Queen pub is for patrons only and wheel clamping is in operation
Train: Nearest station - East Malling (300m)
Bus: 151 (Lunsford Park-East Malling) 2 journeys, Mon-Sat.
58 (Aldington-Maidstone Hospital) 4/5 journeys, Mon-Sat

Mon-Sat Traveline: 0871 200 22 33.

Please note that route shown may not accurately follow public rights of way and waymarking on ground should be followed at all times.

Walk provided by Explore Kent
Explore Kent is a Kent County Council Initiative

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Points of Interest

1. Point 1

Head down Church Walk road to church gates and follow footpath through churchyard to cycle barrier. Pass through barrier and take the narrow footpath immediately on the right.

2. Point 2

Beware of trains - look and listen before crossing. Go over steps to cross over railway line to continue along path other side. Continue until you reach a road.

3. Point 3

Turn right along pavement for approx. 45 metres to then take the surfaced road on the left (marked with a footpath marker stone). Follow track through gate ahead to enter onto an orchard path. keep to path through orchard.

Looking behind you can catach a glimpse of the North Downs.

4. Point 4

Beware of traffic. Pass gate exiting onto road and turn left. After ashort distance, pass entrance to driveway on right and take signposted bridleway running alongside.

Good views of the North Downs on your left.

5. Point 5

Upon reaching the end of the surfaced bridleway track, bear right then left to continue ahead into woodland.

6. Point 6

Reaching a crossroads, continue ahead into woodland path. Continue along this path passing over several junctions with other paths.
Always follow the path ahead. This path may be muddy in places duting winter, however you should be able to walk around the worst effected areas.

7. Point 7

Follow path ahead, out of woodland until you come to a water tower (now converted into a private residence). Turn left to take the byway with wooden fence to left and barbed fence to right (enclosed path).

8. Point 8

Continue along path until it becomes a tarmac surfaced track. Passing a road on your right. Approx 15 metres further, find a gate in the hedge on your right.

9. Point 9

Go through gate and continue straight ahead across grass. Cross over two stiles/gates to continue along an enclosed path. Follow path round to right to run alongside the railway line to your left.

10. Point 10

Turn left to cross footbridge and bear left to continue along path on other side of railway line. Follow onto surfaced track enclosed by fences on either side as you approach main road.

11. Point 11

Cross road to enter EMR grounds and walk down surfaced road. Observe waymarking and keep to path indicated. Pass conference Centre entrance and follow along road, bearing left to take path back to church where you started.

Please note that East Malling Research Centre is not generally open to the public.