Cliffs looking from Hoist Point


A hugely rewarding coast and estuary walk with peerless views from some of the most dramatic cliffs in the area. It ends with a huge vista of South Devon, and the welcoming sight of Kingston village snuggled amongst the fields.

'Hidden estuaries' audio clips

To enhance the information on this estuary self-guided walking trail, we have recorded audio descriptions about the hidden and past world within the estuary.

The hidden estuaries audio clips are best listened to at the key positions around the walk, all of which are marked on the downloadable walk map (link on the right) and physically on-site by small plaques.  You can download the clips from the audio player on the right of this page, onto an MP3 player or simply call the local no. 01548 802315 on-site and then the 3 digit number shown for each position.


Start Parish Church of St James, Kingston
Distance 6 miles
Circular Walk? Yes
Grade Hard

Fairly even underfoot. Footpaths and bridleway, with mud in wet weather; coastal footpath; surfaced road.

Obstacles and steep gradients

6 stiles (3 can be bypassed); 1 flight of steps; 3 steep ascents; 1 steep descent.


This route is not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs.

Public transport

Very limited. Bus service 875 to Kingston from Modbury and Plympton; Fridays only. For information on public transport in South Hams please call Traveline on 0871 200 22 33 or visit

Refreshment stops

Dolphin Inn, Kingston 01548 810314.


Nearest public toilets Bigbury-on-Sea car park, or Brownston St, Modbury.


On roadside by St James Church, Kingston. Alternatively, on road at lane end, Wonwell (grid ref. SX 620477) and join route there.


Please contact Modbury Tourist Information Centre 01548 830159 or visit

Other facilities

Public payphone at Chapel Row, Kingston.

OS map Explorer OL20
Grid reference SX635478


1. Follow road from church past Dolphin pub. Take the next right, and then turn left in front of Rock Cottage.

2. Follow lane, which becomes public bridleway along track.

3. When you come to a gate go straight on signed ‘Permissive Footpath Westcombe Beach ½m’.

4. At Westcombe Beach turn right and follow coast path which climbs steeply. Continue on coast path along cliffs.

5. In time the path curves round into the mouth of the Erme estuary. Where the path drops down to Wonwell Beach you can, if the tide is out, follow the foreshore around to where the old slipway leads you back up to the road.

6. Otherwise, continue along the coast path until you drop down steps to the lane end at Wonwell.

7. From lane end follow road up for 70m then turn right up public footpath into woods signed ‘Kingston 1 ¼m’.

8. Where you leave the woods, follow path along top field edges then follow fingerposts across more fields to the road. Turn right. Turn left at crossroads at Wonwell Gate Cross to return to the church.



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