Marden Walking Group was established in February 2005 and is affiliated to the Marden Society. Its primary 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, and this was followed by a second set of “Six More Walks Around Marden” published in 2009. These leaflets are available from Marden Library, West End Stores, Stanley’s Garage and Tanner Farm.
The Group is led by Catherine Alderson and organises three series of regular walks:
Wednesday Walks: These are held on the first and third Wednesdays of each month, are slightly longer than the Saturday Strolls and may include some stiles. Meet outside the Library at 9.45 a.m. with suitable shoes. We also organise occasional Maintenance Walks to check on the condition and signage of our local footpaths and report back to KCC if necessary, usually on a Tuesday morning.
Saturday Strolls: These are held every Saturday afternoon, with two groups. Group A walk for around 30 minutes and finish with a cup of tea. Group B walk for 1 – 1½ hours around Marden with no stiles. Routes depend on the weather and conditions underfoot. For all these Saturday walks, meet at 2 p.m. outside the Library.
Sunday Walks: These are held on the last 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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
6TH MAY BANK HOLIDAY NO WALK
27TH MAY MARDEN MEADOW
Steve McArragher will describe the plants in the meadow. Walkers depart 1.30pm from Library to meet at the Meadow at 2.15pm or Share cars to the Meadow depart 2.00pm from Library. There will be time to return for a visit the Charily tea party at 4, Princes Villas, Maidstone Road open 3 – 5pm.
WEDNESDAYS Meet at the Library at 9.45am.
2nd MAY Bluebells
9th MAY Marden Meadow
16th MAY Orchards via Cornwells
23rd MAY Turkey Farm
30th MAY Unicorn Walk
5TH MAY BANK HOLIDAY NO WALKS
12TH MAY Group A Medical Centre
Group B Library Millennium trees
19TH MAY ROYAL WEDDING DAY: Stretch your legs at 2.00pm, Meet at Library for a blossom walk
26th MAY NO WALK SATURDAY, but
SUNDAY 27TH MAY MARDEN MEADOW PLANTS EXPLAINED. As above join walk at Library 1.30 pm or Share cars at 2.00 p.m.
SUNDAY WALKS: MEET AT LIBRARY 10.00
lst APRIL Catherine will lead a mystery tour for those wishing to avoid Bank Holiday traffic.
6th MAY There will be a walk. See May magazine for details
3rd JUNE Share cars to MARDEN MEADOW to see the plants with an option to walk back.
WEDNESDAY WALKS: MEET AT THE LIBRARY 09.45
4th APRIL Spring flowers
11 APRIL Anemones
18th APRIL Bluebells
25th APRIL Blossom
SATURDAY WALKS: 2 p.m. outside the Library
GROUP A 30 MINS/GROUP B 1 HOUR
31 MARCH: BANK HOLIDAY NO WALKS
7th APRIL: A GROUP MEDICAL CENTRE SPRING FLOWERS B LIBRARY Copper Lane and fields
14th APRIL: A LIBRARY Howland Road and Stanley Road
B LIBRARY Bluebells and Anemones
21st APRIL: A MEDICAL CENTRE and Churchyard
B LIBRARY Bluebells
28th APRIL: A GROUP LIBRARY/ Cars to Boughton Church
B GROUP LIBRARY Cars to Linton Church park and walk to Boughton Church. On Saturdays afternoons teas are served at Boughton from Easter onwards.
THE WEALD WAY WALKERS ARE STARTING THEIR WALK ON 10TH APRIL
If you wish to know more or to join them please contact Ian Balmer 01622 831578