Golden Cap in Dorset

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Golden Cap

Golden Cap is the highest point on the south coast of England. It stands at 191m above sea level and rewards hikers with magnificent panoramic views along the Jurassic Coastline. It is situated in between the towns of Charmouth and Bridport and lies on the South West Coast Path, a popular walking route. On a clear day it is possible to see to Portland Bill in the East and Devon and Dartmoor towards the west. Inland the beautiful rolling Dorset hill stretch as far as the eye can see.

The Estate includes an old radar station, information point, toilet and small shop, which can be accessed by Stonebarrow Hill. It is maintained by the National Trust and home to a number of plant species and wildlife, including rare species of bat.

Getting there

It is not possible to park at Golden Cap itself, however there are a number of places to park the car nearby – depending on the distance you would like to walk! National Trust’s Langdon Hill is perfect if you’re looking for something a little more gentle. There is a circular walk through the forest, which can be extended to encompass Golden Cap. In the spring bluebells carpet the paths.

If you’re hoping to complete a longer trek you can walk from the Anchor pub at Seatown, next to our Golden Cap Holiday Park, where you can sample a delicious local ale or bite to eat before your journey. The 40 minute hike takes you through meadows and fields, which creates a wonderful backdrop as you walk.

Golden Cap is part of our West Dorset Three Peaks Challenge, which is a circular 9.3 mile route that takes in 3 of the highest points in West Dorset – Thorncombe Beacon, Golden Cap and Colmer’s Hill.

Where to find Golden Cap

Golden Cap
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4.2 miles from Highlands End and Eype Beach

2.0 miles from Golden Cap

7.5 miles from Graston Copse

27.1 miles from Sandyholme

* Place data from Google, including opening times is correct at time of publication. We always recommend checking with the destination attraction.

Golden Cap features in 1 of our itineraries...

The West Dorset Three Peaks Challenge

Places to visit include Colmer’s Hill, Thorncombe Beacon, Golden Cap, The Anchor Inn at Seatown, Martin’s Bar and Restaurant, The WDLH Three Peaks Challenge, among others

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