Canoe Days Out

Kent - River Medway - Allington/Maidstone to East Farleigh (& return)

This page was submitted by David and Rhoda Wilson (E-mail this submitter)
How to get there - From M20 junction 6 follow signs for Aylesford and look for signs to the Malta Inn 1/4 ml on left from roundabout.

For those with SatNav the nearest postcode is ME14 3AQ.

Get a map with driving directions to start (enter the postcode of your starting point at A)

Suggested Launch Site - Easy bankside put in by Allington Lock (Medway is a navigation here) - parking in Malta Inn car park with permission - not usually a problem except at busy times

General Description - About 7 miles return to Farleigh Lock, going through centre of Maidstone, after which valley narrows considerably - no locks en route. You can also start from Maidstone - an easy put in by the bridge but due to traffic nowhere to stop except on Sunday mornings!

The tidal section of the Medway below Allington Lock is not really recommended for restful canoeing - strong tides and muddy landings.

Farleigh Bridge is where the Roundheads crossed the river to outflank and defeat the Cavaliers in the Battle of Maidstone 1648

Comments on this trip

steve tredwell
31 Aug 2019
Did Allington to 3 mile mark and back today, lots of traffic but ok, took board on motorbike and parked at environment agency on west bank parking is 4 for car 2 for bike.

Keith Day
22 Feb 2010
Over recent years the Environment Agency have beed very active in providing aditional facilities for canoeist. See the link in the links section for details.


Battle of Maidstone
River Medway Access (including suggested portages)
Medway canoe Trail

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