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Rugged coastline and spring flowers at Hoist Point, Devon
A view of the Devon coastline at Hoist Point | © National Trust Images / David Noton

Hoist Point coastal walk

A strenuous circular walk to the highest point on the Plymouth to Dartmouth coast, with some great beaches along the way – and a historic pub at the end.

Total steps: 7

Total steps: 7

Start point

St James the Less church, grid ref SX 63527 47794

Step 1

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

Step 2

Go through the gate and follow the path round to the top of the field. Keep following the path via several fields and gates. Scobbiscome Farm is on your left.

Step 3

As you emerge from 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.

Step 4

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

Step 5

Following the path along the cliffs, you'll pass through two gates before descending into Freshwater Valley. This field is the site of a cottage that was once used by hunting parties from the Flete estate on the other side of the Erme.

Step 6

Continue up the other side of the valley and take the higher of the paths to the top of Hoist Point, AKA Beacon Hill, to 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.

Step 7

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

End point

St James the Less church, grid ref SX 63527 47794

Trail map

Ordnance Survey map for Hoist Point walk, Devon
The Hoist Point walk, Devon | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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