Houns-Tout, at 140 metres above sea-level, forms the western side of Chapman’s Pool and past landslips are clearly visible.
Below Houns-Tout lies Egmont Point, the seaward edge of the Tout itself.
Lord Eldon’s private carriage drive used to extend from Encombe House, on the west side of Houns-Tout, round the face of the cliff and on to Hill Bottom, where it joined the track leading down to Chapman’s Pool. The carriageway round the face of the cliff was finally claimed by landslides many decades ago.
Bob Dorey recalls:
As boys we used to walk round there on a summer Sunday afternoon, but from 1903 on the undercliff started to subside and the carriage road was gradually destroyed.’
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