Thorncombe Beacon

Thorncombe Beacon

Eype, Bridport

Thorncombe Beacon, near Highlands End Holiday Park, is one of the highest clifftops on the Dorset Coast, offering amazing views

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1.5 from Highlands End
1.1 from Golden Cap
5.2 from Graston Copse
24.8 from Sandyholme

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  • Thorncombe Beacon

Thorncombe Beacon is a clifftop peak on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset, situated between Eype and Seatown. The South West Coast Path runs right along the coastline up to the clifftop at Thorncombe Beacon. The hill is owned by the National Trust and is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Jurassic Coast.

Due to its prominent location and views across Lyme Bay, it was one of a chain of beacon sites along the south coast of England. This was used to warn of the approach of the Spanish Armada in 1588. In 2009, archaeologists found evidence which suggested the Doghouse Hills next to the look out point was West Dorset’s oldest settlement. There were finds dating back to 2500BC, when it would have been as much as 1 mile inland.

As well as the South West Coast Path, there are also footpaths from Chideock, Eype Down and Eype up to Thorncombe Beacon and it makes a nice circular walk from either Highlands End Holiday Park in Eype and Golden Cap Holiday Park in Seatown.

This clifftop landmark 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

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Our Awards & Accreditations

Our parks have been recognised as some of the best in Dorset and the South West. We're extremely proud of the awards and it's easy to see why our guests return year on year. You can be safe in the knowledge that you're staying at one of the best parks in the county! Please note awards vary by Park - there is more information on the pages for each park.

dorset tourism awards gold 2021/222021 travelers choice tripadvisor awarddavid bellamy blooming marvellous pledge for nature 2022david bellamy conservation gold award 2020/21taste of the west south west england award 2022david bellmay conservation award honey bee friendly park awardgolden cap holiday park commended south westthe queens green canopy platinum jubilee logoplastic free champion surfers against sewage

What our guests say

  • The Most Magical Campsite

    We have just come back from the most magical few days staying at Highlands End. In fact, it was so good we extended our stay by a few days whilst on park. We are new to campsites and this was beyond my expectations

    Mr Scott - Tripadvisor
    Highlands End

  • Happy second visit

    Perfectly clean, ample space, lovely views, close to everything, what more could be asked for?

    Dan Pipper - Tripadvisor
    Golden Cap

  • Well maintained and quiet

    Lovely clean and tidy site. well maintained and quiet in walking distance to Hive Beach and West Bay only a couple of miles away over the coastal walk.

    Linda S - Google Reviews
    Graston Copse

  • Friendliest park on the Dorset coast

    Possibly the friendliest park on the Dorset coast. Staff are exceptional, very helpful and keep the place spotless. The views are fantastic. Showers and toilets are very modern and extremely clean.

    Mr Leck - Tripadvisor
    Highlands End

  • Fantastic

    This is a lovely quiet, friendly, well maintained site with very friendly, helpful staff who are knowledgeable about the local area and more than happy to pass on useful information to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.

    Nigel White - Tripadvisor
    Sandyholme

  • Wonderful three night stay

    Our pitch was spacious and quiet. The facilities were clean and a generous number of showers etc whatever time we needed them. A very picturesque site and plenty to do straight from the van without the need to drive

    Rachel L - Pitch Up
    Golden Cap

  • Beautiful weekend away

    This park is in a wonderful location. The local village is beautiful and only a 15 min walk along the river. The beach is then another 15 minutes along - again a beautiful walk. We were blessed with amazing weather so we spent the afternoon on Hive Beach.

    Clairey16 - Tripadvisor
    Graston Copse

  • Ideal base for exploring

    Ideal base for exploring Dorset , everywhere we wanted to visit was within easy reach . Site itself was very good, nice and quite and clean and staff very friendly.

    James S - Tripadvisor
    Sandyholme