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The following places are recommended launch points for your canoes or kayaks The locations are shown in order from the top of the river at Tonbridge to the bottom at Allington (nr Maidstone). Click on each title for their location.

Tonbridge Slipway. (3 stars) A small slipway at the end of Tonbridge Castle public car park, £4.50 per day (2010 prices). Note there is a height barrier into the car park, although recently this has been left open permanently.

Cannon Lane Bridge. (1 star) Best to use weekends only, as free but limited parking in the layby near to the bridge. Launch from a small section of low riverbank on the North side of the river (downstream side of the bridge). Can be muddy or overgrown.

Hartlake Bridge. (1 star) Free, limited parking either side of the bridge. Launch just downstream of the bridge itself. Suits open, canadian type canoes only. A little more difficult for kayaks due to the height of the bank.

Yalding Canoe Platform. (4 stars) Free parking. Launch from a purpose designed canoe platform next to the road. Toilet and shower block adjacent. (Toilet/ shower unit requires special key please phone 01622 752864 or email allington.lock@environment-agency.gov.uk).

Hampstead Lock. (3 stars). Free but very limited parking. Launch from the slipway or adjacent canoe platform.

Teston Country Park. (2 stars). Car park is £1.50 per day (2010 prices). Note height barrier. Walk 100 metres across field and launch just upstream of the bridge. Steep bank, can be muddy when wet..

East Farleigh. (1 star). Car park is the station car park. 100 metre walk to the riverside via kissing gate and road with no pavement. Launch from the new canoe portage platform just upstream from the lock.

Allington Lock.(5 stars)

Kayakers using Allington Lock Slipway and canoe launch platform

Further Photos here. Excellent secure parking (£4.00 per day), toilets, & showers. Can also accommodate minibuses with trailers. Purpose designed launch platform and camping on site. To book the campsite please phone 01622 752864 or email allington.lock@environment-agency.gov.uk

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