Teston Bridge Country Park opened to the public in autumn 1978, before which it was used for grazing livestock. Two of the meadows are still grazed as part of the site management.To visit Teston Bridge Country Park on your holiday in Maidstone, and find out what else Maidstone has to offer, use our Maidstone visit planning site .
Dating back to the 13th Century and made with Kentish ragstone, the bridge is a well-known feature in the area. The central arch was rebuilt at the end of the 18th Century to improve navigation on the river. Three other arches were rebuilt in 1830, and the whole bridge was restored in 1978.
There has been a lock at Teston since the 1740s. Look out for the ruins of the lindseed oil and cattle cake mill which burnt down in 1885. The current lock dates from 1911.
Bridge Meadow, the large grass area adjacent to the car park and playground, is perfect for picnics and ball games. Several events take place here throughout the year, including the famous Kite Festival.
Tutsham Meadow and Coombe Hill are used to graze cattle, and because of this are awash with the colours of native wildflowers in summer. The areas closest to the river tend to flood in winter, creating a natural wetland habitat.
A variety of bird and mammal life can be spotted here too – keep an eye out for the otters which can occasionally be seen hunting along the river
No matter what your ability this is an ideal place to enjoy a walk. Take a short stroll around the easy access trail in the park, or if you are more adventurous carry on along the Medway Valley Walk. With a children's play area it makes for an ideal day out.
Teston Bridge Country Park Reviews
I am biased because I grew up near here but its an amazing place. Lovely river walk and large green area for picnics etc. more »
This park is about a ten minute drive from Maidstone but is well worth it for a walk or picnic. It's set alongside the River Medway and has some lovely open areas to sit in or play with friends/family... more »
Idyllic place. Extremely reasonable parking fees (I think it's a £1 all day from what I remember?) And thanks to the coffee guy there, best coffee I've ever had and hes very reasonably priced too!
I went to Teston Country Park with my family today and had a picnic. Lovely place very relaxing. Had a nice walk round the park. Beautiful place
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