Hoist Point walk

Walking trail

Explore the highest point of this coastline between Plymouth and Dartmouth on this circular, strenuous trail, which has some great beaches to visit along the way - ideal places to take a rest after all the climb. Why not pop into the 16th century pub, The Dolphin, in Kingston before returning home?

Rugged coastline at Hoist Point, Ringmore and Kingston


Map route for Hoist Point walk


St James the Less church, Kingston, TQ7 4QE


From the church head past the Dolphin Pub, then right along the road past the recreation ground until you reach the National Trust sign for Scobbiscombe Farm on your right.


Go through the gate and follow the path round to the top of the field. Keep following the path crossing through several fields and gates.

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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. Follow the signpost down to Fernycombe.


When you reach the cliff edge viewpoint, you can take a 30 minute detour along the South West Coast Path to Wonwell beach, or carry on following the coast path to the left and up to Beacon Point.


Following the path alongside the cliffs, you will pass through two gates before descending 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.


St James the Less church, Kingston TQ7 4QE

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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

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Hoist Point walk

How to get here

St James the Less church, Kingston TQ7 4QE
By train

Ivybridge, 8 miles (12.8km).

By road

3 miles (4.8km) from A379 at Modbury. Park near St James the Less church, Kingston TQ7 4QE.

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