Teston Bridge Country Park
Just 4 miles from Maidstone, Teston Bridge Country Park is one of the best places to enjoy a rural riverside walk in Kent. Focused around the historical bridge, the park also offers a play area and plenty of idyllic picnic spots, making it the perfect place for a family day out.
- Monday to Friday: £1.30 per day
- Weekends and bank holidays: £2 per day
The parking height restriction for Teston Bridge Country Park is 2.3m (7ft 6). If you are planning a trip with a high sided vehicle and require access for the day please contact 03000 42 09 92 to book your visit.
There is a height restriction barrier at the entrance to the car park which is set at 7 feet/2.1 metres. If you are planning a trip with a high sided vehicle and require access for the day please contact 03000 42 09 92 to book your visit.
Please note the car park is not suitable for buses and coaches.
All users, including Blue Badge holders, must pay & display or have a valid season ticket.
Visitors on motorbikes do not need to pay for parking.
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.
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.
This park is managed by the Kent County Council Kent Country Parks team.
We produce a management plan every 5 years to make sure Teston Bridge Country Park continues to thrive. The park was classified as a Local Wildlife Site in 2009 due to the site supporting a wide range of plant and wildlife species. The management plan includes information about conservation, heritage management and community engagement and exists so you can continue to enjoy this green space.
Read the Kent County Parks strategy 2017 - 2021 (PDF, 1.6 MB) which sets out the aspirations for our Kent Country Parks service over the next 4 years.
For more information on how we sustainably manage the park, read our Teston Bridge Country Park Management Plan (PDF, 3.9 MB).
As of 23 August 2018, BBQs are not permitted within this country park. This is due to recent littering, anti-social behaviour complaints and damage to facilities. For any questions regarding Teston Bridge contact 03000 411811.
Easy access paths
There is a play area at the far end of the car park. This area is on level ground, with a wood chip surface and surrounded by a fence but can be accessed through a gateway.
Cycling is not permitted at Teston, all routes are footpath only.
Flying drones is not permitted at country park sites. This is to keep the public safe (walkers, cyclists, horse riders) and to avoid significant disturbance to wildlife and ground nesting birds.
Please do not fly drones under any circumstance.