Marden Walking Group

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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 (steve.mcarragher@btinternet.com).

Programme for September 2018

SUNDAY  WALKS:
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

SATURDAY WALKS:
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.

Programme for August 2018

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

Programme for June 2018

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)

Programme for May 2018

SUNDAY WALKS   

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

SATURDAYS   

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.

 

Program for April 2018

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.