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 (currently closed), the Farm Shop 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 is in preparation and will be published within the next few months.
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 four types 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.
Wednesday Walks: These are slightly longer than the Saturday Strolls and may include some stiles. Meet outside the Library at 9.45 a.m. with suitable shoes.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
At last our programme of organised walks can get under way as COVID restrictions are lifted. Current plans are:
Long Distance Walks:
Walks on the “Saxon Shore Way” are now underway. These are usually 8 – 9 miles and take place on Tuesdays. They start at 8.30 and finish mid-afternoon and involve car-sharing. The proposed schedule for August is as follows:
3rd August: Upstreet to Herne Bay
10th August: Herne Bay to Sportsman Pub
17th August: Sportsman Pub to Oare
24th August: Oare to Sittingbourne
31st August: Sittingbourne to Iwade
7th September: Iwade to Lower Rainham.
If you are interested to join, please contact Ian Balmer on 07528 801306
Wednesday Walks: to celebrate the end of lockdown there will be a walk to Marden Meadow on Wednesday 19th May led by Steve McA to see the orchids. Meet outside the Library at 2 p.m.
Sunday Walks: Nothing in August but
On 5th September Geoff Burr will lead the 6.5 mile West End Wander walk. Meet 10.00 outside the Library.
Saturday Strolls: Meet outside the Library at 2 p.m.
These resumed on the 5th June with a gentle stroll through orchards and vineyards via Turkey Farm. The programme for the rest of July is:
July 10th: Millennium ave, Widehurst, Marden Thorn, Park Road,Copper Lane
July 17th: Russet Grove, Copper Lane, Moatlands Farm,reservoir, Cemetery
July 24th: Turkey Farm, Claygate and back
July 31st: Turkey farm, Gravel Pit, Great Sheephurst, Roughlands, Gravel Pit
These will continue every Saturday throughout August