This area of common land is located near Ashford in the Kent Downs AONB. The area is also nature reserve consisting of Kent's last four valley bogs and one of its few remaining fragments of open heath with patches of acid grassland. It is criss crossed with some nice marked footpaths and covered with interesting flora including heather, cross-leaved heath, dwarf and common gorse, heath spotted-orchid. You can start your walk from the public car park on the eastern end of the site, off the A20 road. From here you can pick up the colour coded trails taking you west towards the bogs. On the way look out for birdlife such as Yellowhammers, White Throat and Willow Warblers. You can also see the Konik horses which are used to graze the Heathlands in order to keep down invasive vegetation like bracken and silver birch.
The Greensand Way long distance footpath runs across the western side of the common. You could pick up the waymarked trail to further explore the area if you have time. Follow it west and it will take you to the village of Pluckley which is closely associated with the 'Darling Buds of May'. Heading south east will take you toward Godinton Park and then into Ashford itself. The Stour Valley Walk also runs close by and is another good option.
PostcodeTN26 1HD - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Hothfield Common Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Hothfield Common Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Hothfield Common OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Hothfield Common Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Head north west from the common and you could visit the noteworthy village of Charing. The pretty settlement includes an old windmill, a 14th century church, the 13th century Archbishop's Palace and a few fine country pubs.
Follow the Stour Valley Walk west and you could visit Little Chart and the nearby village of Lenham. The worthy settlement includes a pretty square and a historic high street with a number of listed buildings. There's also a Grade I listed Tithe Barn, an early 1600s pub and a notable 14th century church to investigate.
The fine old stately home at Eastwell Park and the lovely sculpture trail at King's Wood are located just north of Ashford.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Kent Downs Walks page.