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Hoist Point walk


See the South Devon coast from its highest point with views across from Beacon Hill and Hoist Point, discover cliff tops where beacons were used to warn and celebrate, and explore coves once used by smugglers.

Rugged coastline at Hoist Point, Ringmore and Kingston
Rugged coastline at Hoist Point, Ringmore and Kingston National Trust Images / David Noton


Map route for Hoist Point walk
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Kingston village, grid ref: SX630470


From the village, head in a southerly direction along the road, past the children's playground until you reach the National Trust sign for Scobbiscombe Farm on your right.


Go through the gate and follow the path around a number of fields.

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As you come out of a small copse you'll get your first view of the River Erme. The path continues along field edges with spectacular views of the river and Wonwell beach.


You can take a 30 minute detour along the South West Coast Path to Wonwell beach.


At the cliff edge viewpoint follow the coast path up to Beacon Point.


Passing through two gates, the path descends into Freshwater Valley. The field is the site of a cottage that was used by hunting parties from the Flete estate on the other side of the Erme.

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Continue up the other side of the valley and take the higher of the paths to the top of Hoist Point and enjoy panoramic views from the highest place on the South Devon coast. Mind your footing as the path from Hoist Point to Westcombe beach is very steep.

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Leave the beach by the left-hand path and walk along the valley. At the junction take the public bridleway along some fields. The path eventually becomes tarmaced. At the T-junction, turn right to head back into the village.


Kingston village, grid ref: SX630470

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Hoist Point walk


Circular walk along generally grass paths across farm fields and cliff tops, with some very steep slopes. Can be muddy after wet weather; take care when walking on cliff edge.

Well behaved dogs welcome.

Hoist Point walk

Contact us

Hoist Point walk

How to get here

Kingston, Devon
By train

Ivybridge, 8 miles (12.8km).

By road

3 miles (4.8km) from A379 at Modbury. Park on road in Kingston village.

By bus

875, Modbury and Plymton to Kingston, Fridays only.

By bicycle

3 miles (4.8km) from Modbury along narrow country lanes.

Hoist Point walk

Facilities and access

  • Well behaved dogs welcome