The highest point on the south coast of England with magnificent views over the Jurassic Coast
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 Chramouth 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 Golden Cap 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 to Golden Cap
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.
Find out more about this walking or running challenge