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).
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!
Marden countryside is beautiful in autumn. Join in some of our walks or just fit in healthy exercise to prepare for winter.
The Greensand Way long distance walk has started with a few dates now fixed, and will continue in April. Approximately 10 miles each stretch (contact Ian Balmer 01622 831578)
SUNDAY WALKS: Discontinued until the new walk leaflets are ready.
WEDNESDAYS: Meet at the Library 9.45am Finish 11.00 – 11.30. Leaders have been appointed – get to know our local paths
Dates: 3rd October, 10th October, 17th October, 24th October, 31st October
SATURDAYS: Group A stroll and chat Health Walks 30 minutes followed by tea. Every Saturday 2.00pm More leaders now. Lanes and paths but no fields. Meet Library for upper village and Medical Centre for lower village (to avoid the hill)
Group B walk and talk. Meet Library Every Saturday 2.00pm, 1 – 1.30 hours. Get to know our local paths .Dates for both groups 6th October, 13th October, 20th October, 27th October
2nd September 10.00. Meet at the car park to share cars to Linton Church. Ian Balmer will lead a taster of the Greensand Way.
WEDNESDAY WALKERS: Start at 9.45am, Meet outside the Library. New walkers welcome. Fresh air, exercise and friends.
5th SEPTEMBER, 12th SEPTEMBER, 19th SEPTEMBER, 26th SEPTEMBER
1st SEPTEMBER: this clashes with Walker leaders assisting with the Neighbourhood Plan meeting so no walk.
8th SEPTEMBER: RIDE AND STRIDE: paperwork for this is available in the Church or the Library. By cycling, walking, running or driving a Group of friends by car, visit Kent Churches to raise money. – divided equally between Friends of Kent Churches and the Church of your choice.
15th SEPTEMBER: LONDON OPEN HOUSE WEEKEND We shall meet At Marden Station to catch the 9.24am train to Charing Cross and visit buildings not normally open to the public. Much recommended if not done before.
Suitable clothes and shoes for the weather. Three buildings chosen but you may visit more if you have the energy.
22nd and 29th SEPTEMBER: typical Saturday walks. Meet 2.00pm at the Library
Our HEALTH WALKS will be available for those preferring to remain in Marden. Meet at 2.00pm at the Library.
NB PLEASE HELP We are assisting MARDEN IN BLOOM Group at 9.30am on 30th JUNE with weeding and litter picking.
Please meet outside the Library with gloves, tools and sacks.
SUNDAY WALKS Meet at the Library at 10.00am
lst JULY Stilebridge Walk share cars, led by Colin Addison
AUGUST NO WALK
2nd SEPTEMBER The Greensand Way along Linton Share cars Ian Balmer
WEDNESDAY WALKS Meet at the Library 9.45am.
4th JULY Copper Lane
11th JULY West End Wander
18th JULY Wild Duck Walk
25th JULY Unicorn Walk
SATURDAY WALKS Meet at 2.00pm.
7th JULY Group A Library Churchyard Group B Library Turkey Farm towards Collier Street
14th JULY Group A Medical Centre Central Marden Group B Library Bridgehurst Wood and Fishing Lake
21st JULY Groups A and B Library Inspect our village. Which village gardens are going to win?
28TH JULY Group A Medical Centre Special gardens in the lower half of the village Group B Library Orchards and Vines
WEDNESDAYS Meet at 9.45am at the Library
JUNE 6 Millennium trees and Wild Duck
JUNE 13 Orchards
JUNE 20 Turkey Farm
JUNE 27 Marden in Bloom help with weeding and litter
SATURDAYS Groups A and B meet at 2.00pm
2nd JUNE Group A Library – Southons Field Group B Library – Turkey Farm
9th JUNE MARDENS BIG MUSICAL PICNIC 2.00 – 8.00PM – Visit our stand
16th JUNE Group A Medical Centre – Cockpits and Bramley Court Group B Library – Millennium Walk and King Arthur
23rd JUNE Groups A and B Meet Library 2.00pm – our annual invitation to a farm
30th JUNE 9.30AM Village litter picking with Marden in Bloom
2.00pm Group A Medical Centre – Walk
2.00pm Group B Library – Orchards to Plain Road and Return
Contact Ian Balmer re the ongoing Weald Way walk if you are interested (831578)
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.