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Kingston (5.5m)

Category
Moderate, Strenuous
About This Project

Kingston – A wild and rugged coastline

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.

Overview

Start
St James the Less church , Kingston TQ7 4QB
Distance
5.5 miles
Difficulty
Strenuous. 6 stiles (3 can be bypassed); 1 flight of steps; 3 steep ascents; 1 steep descent.
Terrain
Fairly even underfoot. Footpaths and bridleway, with mud in wet weather; coastal footpath; surfaced road.
Parking
On roadside by St James the Less Church, Kingston TQ7 4QB. Alternatively, on road at lane end, Wonwell (grid ref. SX 620477) and join route there.
OS map
Explorer OL20
Grid Reference
SX 635 478
Public transport
Very limited service, see www.travelinesw.com
Refreshments
In Kingston
Toilets
Nearest public toilets Bigbury-on-Sea Car Park, or Brownston St, Modbury.

Directions

  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 the 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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