Marden Walking Group

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Marden Walking Group was established in February 2005 and is affiliated to the Marden Society. Its original aim was to update the “Walks around Marden” leaflets originally published by the Marden Society in the 1970s. Our first set of “Six Walks Around Marden” was published in 2006, followed by a second set of “Six More Walks Around Marden”  in 2009. When  these ran out in 2016, the Group decided to revise the routes  as they were 10 years old and many had changed significantly, due to all the recent development in Marden. The new set of “Six New Walks Around Marden” was  published in January 2019 and updated in March 2021. These are available from Marden Library  and “No 47 High St.” for £5 per set. These walks are:

Walk 1: Circular walk starting and ending at the Unicorn.  2¾ miles/4½ km

Walk 2: Circular walk along the River Beult from the Stilebridge Inn.  4¾ miles/7½ km or 3½ miles/5½ km

Walk 3: Circular walk to Marden Meadow to view the flowers. 4½ miles/7 km

Walk 4: Marden Diamond Jubilee Walk.  6 miles/9½ km

Walk 5: West End Wander. 6½ miles/10½ km.

Walk 6: Circular walk to Turkey Farm. 4 miles/6½ km or 2¼ miles/3½ km

A further set of Historic Walks was published in March 2022, cost £6 also available from No 47 and The Library. Details as follows:

Walk 1 Trees of Marden 3 or 4 miles

Walk 2 Historic Farmhouses around  Marden  6¼ or 9 miles

Walk 3 Hops and grapes in Marden 5½  miles

Walk 4 The PLUTO Walk 6½  miles

Walk 5 Marden’s Aviation History – East 5½ miles or 7 miles

Walk 6 Marden’s Aviation History – West 7 miles


The Walking Group helps to maintain the many footpaths within Marden Parish (the largest in Kent!). All paths have official KCC numbers which are displayed on the Fingerposts where footpaths intersect with roads (e.g. KM240) which are referenced in our walks leaflets. It is important that walkers should ONLY use these footpaths which are Public Rights of Way (PROWs), unless there is a specific Permissive path, to respect the farming community.

We normally organise three series of regular walks:

Saturday Strolls: These are held on Saturday afternoons for 1 – 1½ hours around Marden with no stiles.  Routes depend on the weather and conditions underfoot. Meet at 2 p.m. outside the Library.

Sunday Walks: These are generally held on the first  Sunday of each month and are usually 5-6 miles over paths around Marden (or other local villages) including stiles. Meet at 10.00 in the village car park unless informed otherwise.

Long distance walks: These are long distance trail, such as the Saxon Shore Way which are walked in sections of 8-10 miles over a period of time.

We are aware that the dog population has increased significantly during lockdown, and the Parish Council have increased the number of dog litter bins in the village, so please do use them. We do not normally invite dogs on our scheduled walks but we do urge dog walkers to use the correct PROWs as shown in our leaflets.

Our current programme of Walks is given below, If you would like further information, or would like to be put on an e-mail list to receive information on future walks, please contact Steve McArragher (steve.mcarragher@btinternet.com).

Programme for 2022

Long Distance Walks:

The group walking the South Downs Way are well under way now and have completed legs 3 and 4, in beautiful weather. Later sections will be one-day walks driving from Marden. For more details please contact Ian Balmer on 831578 or igbalmer@gmail.com.

Sunday Walks:  Meet 10.00 outside the Library

The next walk will be on May 8th (the 2nd Sunday) to Marden Meadow, to view the Green Winged Orchids, an impressive sight when they are in full bloom. This is  a four and a half mile round trip.
We are also planning an extra “Boundary Stones” walk on Rogation Sunday, 22nd May. This is following the old tradition of “Beating the Bounds” of the Parish and will visit several Parish Boundary stones to the northeast of Marden. There are two options for this, a 6 mile walk starting at 2 p.m. from the Library or a shorter 3.5 mile walk taking cars to Wanshurst Green and walking from there. If you are interested in the shorter walk, please contact Steve on 831007 or at steve.mcarragher@btinternet.com.

Saturday Strolls: Meet outside the Library at 2 p.m.
The programme for May is:

May 1st   Share cars  to  Boughton Monchelsea

May 7th   Turkey Farm, Gravel Pit, Great Sheephurst, no stiles

May 14th Vineyards, Orchards to Highwood Green no stiles

May 22nd Turkey farm River Teise and back no stiles

May 29th Community Orchard via cemetery no stiles.