At each of our 5 Holiday Parks, we have nature trails that are a great free activity for the whole family! These vary in length from 1.5 miles (approx 30 mins) to 3.75 miles (approx 1h 15 mins) long. You can find more information and links to maps for each nature trail below
Highlands End Holiday Park
The nature trail at Highlands End is a 2.9 mile circular walk from the Park Reception that takes in the bee / wildflower bank, bug hotel, mower’s mead wildlife lake, the dog exercising meadow and some fantastic views from the South West Coast Path over Eype Beach.
Golden Cap Holiday Park
The nature trail at Golden Cap is a Highlands End is a 3.7 mile circular route from the park, that takes in our Big Berries summer camping field, the Doghouse Hills, a coast path climb to the highest point on the south coast (Golden Cap) and some amazing views over Seatown and the Jurassic Coast. Look out for bug hotels along the way, the dog exercising meadow and the fishing lake.
Graston Copse Holiday Park
The nature trail at Graston Copse is a 3.4 mile circular walk from the park that takes in the woodland copse & picnic area, the riverside walk, the dog exercising meadow, a riverside walk into the village of Burton Bradstock and a nature walk at nearby Larkfield Holiday Park before looping back to the park. Look out for birds of prey, squirrels and even deer!
Larkfield Holiday Park
The nature trail at Larkfield is a 3.4 mile circular walk from the park that takes in a nature walk adjacent to the park, before venturing off the park to a viewpoint over Hive Beach, on along the clifftop towards Freshwater Beach and back through the village via the playing fields. Don’t miss the pond at Jurassic Retreat, be sure to look out for deer in the nature walk particularly close to sunrise and sunset and stop for a drink at the Hive Beach Cafe or the Three Horseshoes pub along the way.
Sandyholme Holiday Park
Our shortest and flattest trail can be found at Sandyholme, which is a 1.6 mile circular walk from the park. Take in the wildlife lake, bug hotel and wildflowers on the park, before heading through the camping meadow down to the Tadnoll Brook river where you can dip your toes as you cross the ford, or spot dragonflies as you pass the pond on your way to the bridge. The path takes you along a boardwalk through a woodland where you will see plenty of squirrels and flowers before following a trail back to Moreton Road.
With over 3,000 miles of footpaths in Dorset, there is plenty to choose from and many footpaths close to the holiday parks without requiring you to drive.
Our ‘Three Peaks Challenge’
Try out the Three Peaks Challenge!
Scale the great heights of 3 of Dorset’s most prominent landmarks – Thorncombe Beacon (157 metres), Golden Cap (191 metres) and Colmer’s Hill (127 metres). Attempt the challenge in one 9.3 mile walk, or split it up into 3 separate walks during your stay. We’ve designed a circular route that starts at either Highlands End Holiday Park or Golden Cap Holiday Park.
Go easy and take in the amazing views from some of the county’s best viewpoints or see how quickly you can complete the challenge and email us your time to email@example.com so we can add it to the leaderboard!
There are some great places to stop along this route for refreshments, including Martin’s Bar & Restaurant at Highlands End Holiday Park, Downhouse Farm Cafe, The Anchor Inn at Seatown, The George Inn at Chideock and Symondsbury Estate.
Please note the stretch up ‘Hell Lane’ in North Chideock can be muddy and wet. An alternative route would be to walk east through the village alongside the A35, past The George Inn and follow the footpath sign up to the top of Quarr Hill where it meets the top of Hell Lane.