Canoe Days Out

Kent - River Medway - Teston to East Farleigh or Yalding (& return)

This page was submitted by David and Rhoda Wilson (E-mail this submitter)
How to get there - Parking at Teston Country Park by Teston Bridge on B2163 off A26, 4 miles west of Maidstone. Parking fee payable.

For those with SatNav the nearest postcode is ME18 5BX.

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

Suggested Launch Site - About 200 m across grass to river; easy bankside put in; above Teston lock to go to Yalding, below the lock for East Farleigh

General Description - About 4 miles return to East Farleigh, in a narrow valley (which is being squeezed more narrowly as the sides slip down towards the Medway!). No locks. No easy access to river at East Farleigh.

About 7 miles return to Yalding as the valley broadens out. No locks. If river levels are high, it is possible to explore a mile or so up the Beult past Yalding village. Kingfishers seen on this stretch.

Unspoilt stretches of river, undeveloped bar the marina at Nettlestead

Teston (pronounced Teesun) is the home of cricket ball making

Additional photos have been supplied by Matt Oseman, whos own version of this trip is here.

Comments on this trip

05 Jul 2011
Hight restriction bar chained and locked on the car park entrance.

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.


River Medway Access (including suggested portages)
Medway Canoe Trail

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The last trip loaded was Great Haywood to Great Haywood (Circular Route) on the River Trent / Trent & Mersey Canal by Peter Robinson