Kingston is very fortunate in having many natural landmarks. Click on the links for images and more information.
Chapman’s Pool – a delightful cove lying at the foot of the Hill Bottom Valley, between Houns-Tout to the west and St Alban’s Head to the south-east.
Egmont Bight – the small bay between Houns-Tout and Freshwater Steps. There is a small beach, accessible at low tide, with a stark backdrop of dark grey Kimmeridge shale cliffs.
Eldon Seat – erected in October 1835 on the slope below Swyre Head, a favourite spot where Lord Eldon walked with his dog Pincher.
Freshwater Steps – named after the fresh water stream that flows from the Encombe valley and the original steps, now long since gone, that once lead down to the beach.
Golden Bowl – the name given to the lush slopes leading down towards Encombe House and the coast beyond from Swyre Head and the northern ridge.
Houns-Tout – at 140 metres it dominates the western skyline at Chapman’s Pool. In the 19th Century, Lord Eldon’s private carriage drive ran round the face of the cliff.
Memorial Seat – a Purbeck stone seat dedicated on 25 October 1987 to the memory of the air crew and passengers killed in two aircraft crashes near the spot in 1938 and 1945.
Swyre Head – At 203 metres (682 feet), the highest point in the Purbecks and a ‘Marilyn’ (a hill of any height with a drop of 150 metres or more on all sides).
Page last updated: 29 January 2021