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.

 

Site Name Kingston and Houns-tout Cliff
Protection
  • Open Access
  • Site of Scientific Interest
Interest
4
County Dorset
More Information https://thedorsetrambler.com/2019/10/31/houns-tout-view/
SSSI https://designatedsites.naturalengland.org.uk/SiteDetail.aspx?SiteCode=S1002501…
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Kingston and Houns-tout Cliff

Kingston and Houns-tout: a great day out -

The walk from Kingston to Houns-tout Cliff is another of those walks to the magnificent Purbeck coast line and the wonderful views that are to be had. Park in the village of Kingston or in the small car park at the edge of the 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 calcareous 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.  

Kingston and Houns-tout Cliff

50.595856167681, -2.0697335842093
Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
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These are the habitat types that MAY be present on the site based on the species recorded there (top 10 only shown):
Phase 1 Habitat Types Description No of Species
B3

Calcareous Grassland

13
H6

Sand Dunes

13
A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

12
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

11
J1

Cultivated/disturbed land

10
B2

Neutral Grassland

9
B5

Marsh/marshy Grassland

8
H8

Maritime cliff and slope

8
A2

Scrub

7
J3

Built-up areas

7
These are the number of species for NVC codes on the site - it DOES NOT mean that the NVC community is actually present on the site: it might be! (Top 10 only shown):
NVC Community Description No of Species
W08

Fraxinus excelsior - Acer campestre - Mercurialis perennis [Ash/Field Maple/Dog's Mercury] woodland

26
W09

Fraxinus excelsior - Sorbus aucuparia - Mercurialis perennis [Ash/Rowan/Dog's Mercury] woodland

24
W10

Quercus robur - Pteridium aquilinum - Rubus fruticosus [Pedunculate Oak/Bracken/Bramble] woodland

16
MG01

Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland

15
MG05

Cynosurus cristatus - Centaurea nigra [Crested Dogs-tail/Black knapweed] grassland

13
W07

Alnus - Fraxinus - Lysimachia nemorum [Alder/Ash/Yellow Pimpernel] woodland

13
W21

Crataegus monogyna - Hedera helix [Hawthorn/Ivy] scrub

12
CG02

Festuca ovina - Helictotrichon pratense [Sheep's Fescue/Meadow Oat-grass] grassland

10
CG07

Festuca ovina - Pilosella officinarum - Thymus polytrichum [Sheeps Fescue/Mouse-ear hawkweed/Wild Thyme] grassland

9
W12

Fagus sylvatica - Mercurialis perennis [Beech/Dog's mercury] woodland

9
Site Notables
The number of species recorded per species group: