National Route 177 will run south from Northfleet in Kent, via Rochester, Maidstone and Ashford, to join with National Route 2 on the South coast. It is currently open in two sections: one between Northfleet and Rochester, and another between Downswood and the western edge of Mote Park.

Between Northfleet and Rochester the route is open and signposted. This section is mixed on-road and partially traffic-free along Watling Street.

The open route restarts from Downswood as a great 2-mile traffic-free path taking you into Maidstone, through Mote Park and past the River Len.

Mote Park is a 450-acre park with a wide variety of facilities and attractions including a cafeteria, BMX track, pitch and putt course, model railway and children’s play area. Angling, sailing and model boating clubs all use the main lake.

On leaving the park, you can continue onward to the River Len Local Nature Reserve which is a haven for water vole and soldier beetles. The reserve is a small area of land running along the River Len where it passes under the A249, with a public footpath running along beside it.

Please note

We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.

Please help us to protect this route

National Route 177 is part of the National Cycle Network, cared for by Sustrans. Your donation today will help keep the Network safe and open for everyone to enjoy.

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