8 fantastic viewpoints in West Dorset
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 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!
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 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.
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.
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 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 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.