Hill Hoath, Chiddingstone, Kent

Hill Hoath is now a hamlet at the end of a dead end road which runs from Gilwyns Corner.  In antiquity there used to be a coach road continuing on towards and joining the road to Mark Beech at Lockskinners Farm.  Today this route is largely overgrown and difficult to follow, and exploration of the woods is no longer possible as they have been divided up by deer fencing.

However when I was young, this was a favourite destination - the chief attraction being a rather unusual cruciform man made cave in the woods.  I am told that before access was made impossible due to the fencing, the entrance had almost vanished under weathered sand and soil making further exploration impossible. 

I took several groups of university friends to see the cave in the 1980s, when I took this picture of the old coach road through the woods - cut directly through the sandstone.

Old Coach Road, Hill Hoath, Chiddingstone, Kent

Scanned 35mm slide

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