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Kingston and Houns-tout Cliff

A walk to the wonderful Purbeck coast-line with the option of turning back or a steep descent and returning by a different route.


Kingston and Houns-tout: a great day out

Post date: Wednesday, 12 November, 2014 - 11:05

The walk from Kingston to Houns-tout Cliff is another of those walks to the magnificent Purbeck coast line and the wonderful views that to be had. Park in the village of Kingston or in the small car park at the edge of woodland just through the village on the left hand side. The paths southward will lead you to the cliffs. Note that if you want to do a round trip there is a bank of nearly 200 steep steps to ascend if you go clockwise or descend (obviously!) if you go anti-clockwise. Which ever you choose it is hard going and is not for the casual walker! For the best views walk out from the small car park just past Kingston Church mentioned above and that will take you to the top of the cliffs.

The outward walk takes you firstly through woodland, not ancient but interesting. After crossing the style you come out on to rough pasture that is often being grazed by cattle (but they are curious rather than dangerous!) or sheep. Eventually you come to the cliff edge where the views get even better and the plant life changes into species that are calcarious in preference.

It is here you come to steps! In our younger days we would descend them but not now, we turn back the way we came.


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