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).
LONG DISTANCE WALK – The SAXON SHORE WAY (Hastings to Gravesend) on Tuesdays in September and October, starting 17th September. Phone Ian Balmer Tel 831578 for details of start places and transport arrangements.
SUNDAY MONTHLY WALK
6TH OCTOBER Meet at 10.00am Library Car Park to share cars. Geoff Burr will lead a walk in the Brenchley area.
MONDAYS Bramley Court 2 pm: 7th 14th and 28th October (Community Lunch on 21st October)
SATURDAYS 2.00pm Library
SHORT STROLLS: 5th Oct CA 12th Oct JO 19th Oct CA 26th Oct CA/JO
LONGER WALKS: 5th Oct Sian 12th Oct Colin Addison 19th Oct Roger O 26th Oct Chris. Please bring strong footwear, suitable coats, water but sorry no dogs.
The LONG DISTANCE WALK along the GREENSAND WAY will continue on 7TH MAY and 28th MAY. Contact Ian Balmer 01622 831878 for details.
SUNDAY WALK: 5th MAY 2.00pm to MARDEN MEADOW
Meet at the Library . Steve McArragher will lead a walk along the new path (KM275) to the meadow. His guided walk round the Meadow is open to others who wish to go by car to the car park area at the Meadow.
Meet at 2.45pm at the Marden end of the Meadow.
WEDNESDAY WALKS: Meet 9.45am at the Library every Wednesday for walks of 1 to 2 hours depending on the weather.
SATURDAY HEALTH WALKS: 2.00pm Pavement walks for 30 minutes. Upper Walk – meet outside Library. Lower Walk – meet by the seat at Bramley Court
B Group meet Library for walk of 1 hour or one and half hours, May 4th and May 11th
May 18th is Housing Opposition March from 12 noon Memorial Hall to Southons Field. There will be a B Walk at 2.00pm from the Library for those not wishing to join in.
May 25th is Bank Holiday weekend, so no walks planned.