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. When supplies of these were exhausted in 2016, rather than reprint, the Group decided to revise the routes. This was because they were 10 years old and many had changed significantly, especially due to all the recent development in Marden. The first set of “Six New Walks Around Marden” was published in January 2019 and are available from Marden Library, The Farm Shop and “No 47 High St.” for £5 per set. The 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
The Walking 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 now 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.
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).
7TH APRIL 10.00am Meet Ian Balmer at the Library Car Park to share cars to the Stilebridge Inn to walk beside the River Beult.
5th MAY 2.00PM Meet Steve McArragher at the Library to walk to Marden Meadow to see Wood Anemones, Bluebells and Orchids
WEDNESDAY WALKS 9.45am
Meet at the Library every Wednesday for walks of 1 to 2 hours depending on the weather.
SATURDAY HEALTH WALKS 2.00pm
Upper Marden Library, Lower Marden Medical Centre and Bramley Court. Short walks on pavements of 30 minutes.
B GROUP Library for walk of 1 hour.
DATES 6TH APRIL, 13TH APRIL , 27TH APRIL No walks on Easter Weekend 20th APRIL
GREENSAND WAY WALK Ian Balmer is continuing this walk on 9th APRIL. Meet at his house Telephone 01622 831578 for time and place.
March should be improved weather and the fields will be drying out. We are here to advise on fresh air and exercise. Please join us in any of the following:-
SUNDAY WALKS: Meet at the Library
3rd March 2.00pm Meet Colin Addison at Library for Route 1 The Unicorn circle.
7th April 10.00am Meet Ian Balmer at Library car park to share cars to Stilebridge to walk Route 2 beside the River Beult.
5th May 2.00pm Meet Steve McArragher at the Library to walk Route 3 to Marden Meadow when the spring flowers should be out.
Meet at the Library every Wednesday 9.45am for walks of 1 to 2 hours, Depending on the weather
SATURDAY HEALTH WALKS Meet at 2.00pm
A Group: Upper Marden (Library): Lower Marden (Medical Centre)
Short walks on pavements of 30minutes
B Group meet at Library for walk of one hour.
All Leaders depart at 2.00pm: 2nd March, 9th March, 16th March, 23rd March and 30th March
LONG DISTANCE WALK recommences in April Phone Ian Balmer 831578 for details.
PLEASE NOTE The village Litter picking will take place on 16th March morning. Please contact Alison Hooker Parish Clerk on 832305 for details if you wish to offer to help.
SUNDAY WALKS using the new routes will be as follows:
No walk in February
3rd March 2.00pm Meet Colin Addison at Library for Route 1: The Unicorn Circular walk
7th April 10.00am Meet Ian Balmer at Library car park to share cars to Stilebridge to walk Route 2 beside the River Beult
5th May 2.00pm Meet Steve McArragher at the Library to walk to Marden Meadow when the orchids and other spring flowers should be out.
Wednesday Walks will recommence in March
Long distance walks recommence in April
Saturday Health Walks Upper Marden (Library) Lower Marden (Medical Centre) Short walks
B Group (Library) longer walks
Leaders depart at 2 p.m. on 2nd February, 9th February, 16th February, 23rd February.
Here we are getting to the end of another year. Thanks to all who have joined our Walks, long and short, and for all the hard work involved with planning, testing and revising our routes for the new leaflets. The official launch for them will be on 23rd January at the AGM of Marden Society, but some may appear on our stall at Marden at Christmas on 8th December.
WEDNESDAYS 5TH December 9.45am Library
SATURDAYS 1st December 2.00pm: GROUP A UPPER Library (short). A LOWER Medical Centre (short). B Library (longer)
8th December Marden Christmas Event.
The WOODLAND TRUST have named 24th November as TREE CHARTER DAY. We shall be recognising this by showing you some of our very special countryside trees. Do join us to find out more, we shall be putting posters up.
NOVEMBER WEDNESDAY WALKS:
Meet at the Library 9.45am and finish 11.00 to 11.30 Get to know our local paths. Leaders have been appointed. DATES 7 November, 14th November, 21st November, 28th November, 5th December
NOVEMBER SATURDAY WALKS: We have now devised 6 routes for Health Walks around the Upper and Lower halves of the village, including some of the estates. All walks are less than one hour. Upper Group A meet at the Library 2.00pm: Lower Group A meet at the Medical Centre 2.00pm.
Group B have interesting walks of 1 hour or 1hour 30 minutes. Meet at the Library 2.00pm.
DATES 3rd November, 10th November, 17th November, 24th November, 1st December
WEATHER: Leaders for all Groups always turn up and sometimes walk in the rain, but if you prefer not to come it is up to you. Try again next week!