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”, which was published in January 2019 and updated in March 2021, are available from Marden Library (currently closed), 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 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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
At last we can begin to think about organised walks after May17th as the COVID restrictions are lifted. Current plans are:
Long Distance Walks: still on hold until after June due to issues with car transport.
Wednesday Walks: to celebrate the end of lockdown there will be a walk to Marden Meadow on Wednesday 19th June led by Steve McA to see the orchids.Meet outside the Library at 2 p.m.
Sunday Walks: As part of the Marden Soc Strawberry tea on Sunday 27th June there will be a short “Marden Trees” walk around the village ending in Southons Field for the strawberry tea and a tour of the field’s trees led by Robin Judd.
Then on 5th September Geoff Burr will lead the West End Wander walk. Meet 10.00 outside the Library.
Saturday Walks: it is hoped to restart these soon, watch this space!.
This is of course dependent on Government Lockdown restrictions being lifted.