8 fantastic viewpoints in West Dorset

12 December 2019Holiday Park News

Dorset is renowned for its beauty with the perfect mix of countryside and coast. You don’t have to wander far from any of our holiday parks to find yourself surrounded by stunning views in every direction, from rolling hills and patchwork fields to dramatic coastline and cliffs. So that you get the most out of your time in West Dorset, and get to experience the very best views we have to offer, we have selected some of our favourite viewpoints for you to visit during your stay.

Golden Cap

Two people admiring the view from the Golden Cap. Blue water and rocky landscape in view.

Golden cap is the highest point on the South Coast of England and boasts impressive views of the Jurassic Coastline. The peak sits at 191 metres above sea level and rewards those who reach the summit with views over Lyme Regis, Portland, West Bay and Seatown when the conditions are clear. The peak is part of the National Trusts Golden Cap Estate and can be accessed from Stonebarrow Hill, Seatown or Charmouth and is a nice walk from our Golden Cap Holiday Park. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker completing long stretches of the South West Coast Path or looking for a short jaunt with the dog on a Sunday afternoon, there are over 25 miles of paths varying in length and difficulty to explore!

 

Abbotsbury Hill

abbotsbury hill and view over st catherines chapel

When driving along the Jurassic Coast road in either the east or west direction, be sure to stop at the top of Abbotsbury Hill to take in the far-reaching views. In the distance you will see the Fleet Lagoon and on a clear day, the Isle of Portland, flanked by world-renowned Chesil Beach. In the foreground St Catherine’s Chapel dominates the landscape, perched on the hillside amongst patchwork fields. If you’re lucky the ice cream van may be there to enjoy a tasty treat whilst you’re watching the world go by.

 

East Cliff, West Bay

east cliff at west bay

East Cliff offers spectacular views over West Bay and Chesil Beach below. The golden cliffs are synonymous with thoughts of Dorset and were heavily featured in the ITV series, Broadchurch. It is important to take care when walking here to take in the beauty of the surrounding area, as the cliff face is unstable.

 

Colmers Hill

colmers hill in dorset at sunset

Whilst it is relatively small in comparison to some of Dorset Peaks, Colmers Hill is recognisable for its tree-lined silhouette. Located in Symondsbury just outside of Bridport, a 30-minute walk up this steep incline will result in panoramic views over Dorset’s rolling hills and sea. Colmers Hill is especially pretty in the autumn months when the leaves turn a beautiful shade of orange and gold. Access to Colmers Hill can be gained through the Symondsbury Estate, which thanks to recent redevelopment contains a kitchen serving delicious food, perfect for refuelling after the walk.

 

Langmoor and Lister Gardens

Langmoor Gardens are located on a hillside in Lyme Regis just a short walk from the harbour and the Cobb. The elevated position affords beautiful views over Lyme Bay and further along the Jurassic Coast. The gardens themselves are the perfect place to sit and unwind, surrounded by flowers and mature plants. From here you can watch the hustle and bustle of the busy promenade below and the boasts returning to the harbour. Langmoor Gardens have a tarmacked pathway, which is suitable for wheel chairs and scooters.

 

Eype Beach 

Our very own Highlands End Holiday Park offers wonderful views over Eype Beach. It is a favourite spot for paragliders who flock here in their droves to fly over the beautiful Jurassic Coastline. Just moments walk from the site you can pick up the South West Coast Path, where you can follow the coastline in either direction in search of even more spectacular views.

 

Pilsdon Pen

Pilsdon Pen stands at 277 metres tall, which makes it the second highest peak in Dorset. Used as a hill fort by early settlers, archaeological evidence suggests it was in use more than 10,000 years ago. Now a National Trust site used by grazing animals, this abandoned fort is a hot spot for walkers thanks to the far-reaching views it offers over the Marshwood Vale.

 

Thorncombe Beacon

Thorncombe Beacon is located between Charmouth and Bridport and offers views over Lyme Bay. From here you will see the golden shingle and rugged cliff face extend into the distance. The beach below is a favourite amongst fossil hunters in search of natures treasures.

Stay with us in Dorset

West Dorset Leisure Holidays comprises of 5 holiday parks situated at prime locations along the Dorset coast. All of the parks are dog friendly and there are a range of accommodation options available including luxury lodges, caravan holiday homes, glamping and pitches for touring and camping. There are also a variety of facilities to keep the whole family entertained, including Martin’s Bar & Restaurant and Highlands End Leisure Club. Check availability for your holiday and make a booking here.

 

What our guests say

  • Very peaceful Park

    The wildlife is stunning, we were visited by the ducks on a regular basis which was lovely. Our visit was very enjoyable and we will definitely be back in the future!

    Sarah W - Pitch Up
    Sandyholme

  • 5 out of 5 isn't enough!

    This is simply our favorite touring park along the south coast. The location couldn't be better with views to die for and an abundance of fresh sea air. The park is spic and span and extremely well kept with very friendly staff.

    Big Caravan Adventures - Tripadvisor
    Highlands End

  • Best holiday ever!

    This is by far the best Holiday Park I have been to. The views are breath taking with easy access to the beach and nice coastal walks to West Bay. If you're looking for a relaxing holiday in a stunning location, then this is the place to come.

    Alison D - TripAdvisor
    Highlands End

  • Fantastic holiday once again

    We have been coming here now every year for about 10 years. Its our favourite place and the Park has everything we need.

    Andy M - TripAdvisor
    Highlands End

  • A little bit of heaven!

    Golden Cap is a little bit of heaven. The views are awesome, right next to the sea. It's all relaxed and low key just how we like it.

    Esther Woodhouse - Facebook
    Golden Cap

  • Idyllic setting

    Quiet site in a beautiful setting with exceptionally clean toilets and showers

    Anthony M - Pitch Up
    Graston Copse

  • Would definitely recommend

    Close to beach, a nice local pub, dog friendly and a very relaxed atmosphere.

    Dan M - Pitch Up
    Golden Cap

  • A tour of Dorset!

    An excellent Park as a base to visit the Dorset coast, Jurassic Coast, Chesil Beach, Lyme Regis, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, to name a few.

    Arthur D - Tripadvisor
    Graston Copse

  • Fantastic Park

    10 out of 10 is not enough for this Holiday Park. We have been here 3 times and we love it more and more every time. The park has all you need, with some pitches overlooking the sea and a great restaurant.

    Shirley Thompson - Tripadvisor
    Highlands End

  • A hidden gem

    The location is amazing, right on the beach and all the facilities are good. It's a hidden gem this one, one of the best parks in the country

    Mark Tee - Tripadvisor
    Golden Cap

  • Lovely tranquil campsite

    The location was great as we could easily walk to the village or local beaches through the beautiful countryside. I would recommend this campsite to families for a peaceful and safe stay.

    Sarah - Tripadvisor
    Graston Copse