Walk Leader(s): Natasha Shomali with Dexter and Mila (representing SFLS)
Contact number: 07775750498
Walk Location Details:
Hothfield Common Contains Kent’s last four remaining lowland valley bogs and one of its few remaining fragments of open heath with patches of acid grassland. Carpets of purple heather in late summer. Common and dwarf gorse in flower most of the year. Bog asphodel, heath spotted orchid and round leaved sundew. Kent’s only colony of keeled skimmer dragonflies. Slow work, common lizard and grass snake. Badgers and voles. Nuthatch, green woodpecker, treecreeper and tree pipit.
Expected Terrain: Open heathland and woodland with peat and earth tracks. There are highland cows and ponies whose location is shown both at the map/entrance to field and each section is safely fenced around so the dogs can be put on the lead in advance of possible encounters with the local wildlife!
Expected Hazard’s: This park and open space contains uneven trails, un-surfaced or narrow pathways. Also, there are width restricting features, such as stiles and narrow gaps making it difficult for visitors with pushchairs and/or wheelchairs to access some parts of the site. Compacted sand/ gravel car park with disabled parking bays. Access to reserve across road and through Medium mobility kissing gate. A number of marked circular routes. Upright signboards, tactile waymarkers. Paths and boardwalks are narrow and steep in places. Can be soft and slippery after rain; recommend walking boots or wellington s.
Nearest Toilet & Refreshment Facilities:
Esso petrol station and several eateries A20, Maidstone Rd, Ashford TN26 1AP
William Harvey Hospital (Ashford)
Phone: 01233 633331
Vet 24hr emergency:
Barrow Hill Veterinary Hospital
Telephone (01233) 624687
Barrow Hill Veterinary Hospital
We will make a large circular meandering walk covering the edges and centre of the heathland, avoiding if possible the fields with the ponies and cattle so the dogs can spend lots of time off lead having fun.
These dog walks are an opportunity for you and your lapphund(s) to get to meet up with other lapphund owners for a relaxing and fun walk. Great for talking about dogs, meeting like-minded lapphund lovers and generally socialising. A group of lapphunds is an impressive sight, and we will attract some attention from other walkers, so please remember that we are ambassadors for the breed and “poop scoop” where necessary and follow local park guidelines. You, and not The Southern Finnish Lapphund Society, are responsible for the safety and control of your dog. Beware, most walks will involve being near farm livestock, or wild deer at some point, and lapphunds find this tempting!
The walks are not arduous, but the full walk would not be suitable for immature pups.
Please check our website no later than the day before the walk to check any change in details. Whilst we are reasonably hardy, a walk in horizontal sheet rain across a wind-swept moor will never appeal! Please aim to be present at the walk start at 11am and the walk will begin at 11:15am. Bring your own food and water for your dog!
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