Boughton (originally ‘Bocton’) means ‘land held by book, or charter’, so not surprisingly the place-name is a common one. There are 13 Boughtons in England, and four in Kent alone. So Boughton-under-Blean is so-called to distinguish it from its three Kentish namesakes – Boughton Aluph (near Ashford), Boughton Malherbe (near Lenham), and Boughton Monchelsea (near Maidstone). The Blean is the ancient forest that overlooks the parish on the east.
Walks in Boughton Under Blean is easy to access and offers a fantastic contrast between rolling hills and forestry. The history of he area shows in the local buildings and countryside and should not be missed for a moment. The little village that you pass is enough to make anyone smile.