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 (currently closed) 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 normally 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 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.
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 (email@example.com).
Sadly we have had to cancel all of the planned walks due to the Corona virus lockdown from March onwards.
As things stand in September 2020, under the “Rule of 6” we are not able to lead any organised walks for the forseeable future. We will keep you informed when we can start again, hopefully in the new year. Meanwhile you are of course welcome to organise your own walks with up to 6 walkers, perhaps using the routes described above.
The only good news is that we are working on a new set of Local Guides, to be called “Six Historic Walks around Marden”. We will do our best to finish and publish these as quickly as possible.