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River Medway Routes


The following route guides have been produced to give some general information about popular routes on the River Medway. It is important to recognise that factors such as weather can have an impact on the conditions on the river therefore you need to exercise your own personal judgement in terms of how you apply the information contained in these guides on the day of your trip.

The Environment Agency have produced a leaflet with information about the River Medway Canoe Trail. You can access and download the PDF of this here

Each route contains distances but you may also find the following summary useful.


Medway Canoe Trail Distances


Section Section Distance Total
Tonbridge Castle to Town Lock 0.5km 0.5km
Town Lock to Eldridges Lock 2.4km 2.9km
Eldridges Lock to Porters Lock 1.6km 4.5km
Porters Lock to East Lock 2.0km 6.5km
East lock to Oak Weir Lock 1.2km 7.7km
Oak Weir Lock to Sluice Weir Lock 2.0km 9.7km
Sluice Weir Lock to Hampstead Lock 3.6km 13.3km
Hampstead Lock to Teston Lock 4.8km 18.1km
Teston Lock to East Farleigh Lock 3.2km 21.3km
East Farleigh Lock to Allington Lock 7.2km 28.5km

Visit each Route below to print a PDF text version of the route.


Hartlake Bridge to Yalding Route


8km trip with 3 canoe chutes to add to the fun.
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Tonbridge to Yalding Route 


13km trip with 6 canoe chutes to add to the enjoyment. Perfect for a day trip with some added excitement for those wanting some fun on the way.
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Yalding Down And Up Route


Typically a 10km paddle to Teston and back with some additional options for extending the trip. Another one where no car shuttle is required.
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Yalding To Allington Route


15km trip which takes you through some lovely countryside and through Maidstone itself . Perfect for a day trip with a canoe pass at Teston to add some fun on the way.
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Yalding Up And Down Route


A few options here allows you to choose routes between 7-13 km so you can decide how long you want your trip to be. You can still include several canoe chutes for some added excitement and no car shuttle is required.
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