Kingston Dorset and Houns Tout Walk
This pretty little village near Corfe Castle is a great place to start a walk along the Dorset coast. With a classic old stone pub, a significant Victorian church and easy access to the nearby cliffs, it's a bit of a hidden gem of the area.
This circular walk from the village visits Houns-Tout cliff and Chapmans Pool on the coast.
The walk starts from the public car park to the west of the village centre. From here you can pick up a woodland trail heading south through Quarry Wood. It's a nice shady path with wild garlic in the spring months. Eventually you will come out in open countryside where you continue south past Westhill Farm to the coast at the Houns-Tout cliff. There's some great views here along both sides of the coast. From here head east along the South West Coast Path and it will take you towards Chapman's Pool. The secluded arched pool is a beautiful spot and one of the highlights of the Jurassic Coast. You can follow a series of steep steps down to the beach if you are feeling energetic. This route follows an alternative country path north back towards Kingston. Here you can enjoy a stroll through the pretty village with its picturesque Purbeck stone cottages and historic church. The Church of St James dates from the Victorian period and is now known as 'The Cathedral of the Purbecks'. It is a Grade I listed building.
PostcodeBH20 5LH - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Kingston Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Kingston Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Kingston OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Kingston Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
In the village the Ivy covered Scott Arms is well worthy of some investigation. The historic pub has a splendid garden area around the back. In the summer months you can enjoy a Caribbean BBQ here. From the elevated position of the garden there are fine views towards Corfe Castle and the Purbeck Hills. You can find them in the village centre on West Street at postcode BH20 5LH for your sat navs.
The woods and coast paths make for a bracing dog walk. The Scott Arms mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
To continue your walking in the area you could climb to Swyre Head the highest point in Dorset.
Just to the north are the historic ruins of Corfe Castle and the delightful Corfe Common.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Dorset Walks page.