Marden Walking Group was established in February 2005 and is affiliated to the Marden Society. Its original 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, followed by a second set of “Six More Walks Around Marden” in 2009. When these ran out in 2016, the Group decided to revise the routes as they were 10 years old and many had changed significantly, due to all the recent development in Marden. The new set of “Six New Walks Around Marden” was published in January 2019 and updated in March 2021. These are available from Marden Library (currently closed), the Farm Shop and “No 47 High St.” for £5 per set. These 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
A further set of Historic Walks is in preparation and will be published within the next few months.
The Walking Group helps to maintain the many footpaths within Marden Parish (the largest in Kent!). All paths have official KCC numbers which are displayed on the Fingerposts where footpaths intersect with roads (e.g. KM240) which are referenced in our walks leaflets. It is important that walkers should ONLY use these footpaths which are Public Rights of Way (PROWs), unless there is a specific Permissive path, to respect the farming community.
We normally organise four types of regular walks:
Saturday Strolls: These are held on Saturday afternoons for 1 – 1½ hours around Marden with no stiles. Routes depend on the weather and conditions underfoot. Meet at 2 p.m. outside the Library.
Wednesday Walks: These are slightly longer than the Saturday Strolls and may include some stiles. Meet outside the Library at 9.45 a.m. with suitable shoes.
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.
Long distance walks: These are long distance trail, such as the Saxon Shore Way which are walked in sections of 8-10 miles over a period of time.
We are aware that the dog population has increased significantly during lockdown, and the Parish Council have increased the number of dog litter bins in the village, so please do use them. We do not normally invite dogs on our scheduled walks but we do urge dog walkers to use the correct PROWs as shown in our leaflets.
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).
Our programme of organised walks is now well underway as COVID restrictions have been lifted lifted. Walks for October and November are as follows:
Long Distance Walks:
These are currently on hold but will hopefully resume in the spring. If you are interested to join, please contact Ian Balmer on 07528 801306
Wednesday Walks: None planned at the moment, but watch this space.
The next Sunday walk will be on November 7th, starting at the library at 10 a.m. and will be the 5 mile Festival (now renamed Hopping) walk.
Also November 27th is “Tree Charter Day”, with a Tree Planting ceremony in Southons Field at 10.30 a.m. To mark this Steve will lead the new 4 mile “Tree Walk” around Marden on Sunday November 28th starting from the Library at 10 am and finishing in Southons field.
Saturday Strolls: Meet outside the Library at 2 p.m.
The programme for October and November is:
16th October Little Pattenden via Copt Hall farm.2 stiles. Arable, orchards. Circular.
23rd October: Great Pattenden to Mill Farm. 1 stile. Arable. Out and back
30th October Poulters Hall. Stile free.Arable, vines, orchards. Circular.
November 6th By car to Linton Church walk along the greensand way to Boughton Monchelsea Church and back, no stiles, good views across the Weald.
November 13th Collier Street via Turkey Farm
November 20th Copper Lane to Park Road, three stiles
November 27th Turkey Farm via Westfield House.