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Stunning coastline and England's only natural World Heritage Site

The great rocky shoulder of Golden Cap offers magnificent views at every compass point. On a clear day you can see across Lyme Bay to Dartmoor - well worth the effort of the walk uphill.

Stonebarrow Hill is a great starting point for 25 miles of footpaths around the Golden Cap estate. An old radar station houses a National Trust information point, shop, toilets and a basecamp.

An all-ability circular trail takes you through the woodlands of Langdon Hill Wood. Rich in wildlife, they are home to large numbers of 'blue' butterfly in summer and many different fungi in autumn.

Finally, high on the cliffs you'll find the ancient Thorncombe Beacon. It was one of a series dotted along the English coast as part of an early warning system guarding against foreign invasion. Enjoy the spectacular views east to Bridport and Chesil Beach.

Love our coast

The Coastal Festival: celebrating our 300 miles of spectacular coast in the South West, with over 200 events and £1 million to raise (in order to care for the coast for just one year.)

Here in West Dorset, our current coastal fundraising project is habitat restoration at Ringstead Bay.

Coast film

This summer as part of the Coastal Festival you told us why you love the coast. Your stories, words and ideas have inspired a short National Trust film.

Some of the filming took place at one of our nearby coastal sites, Ringstead Bay - can you spot it?

Dogs welcome

Bring your pet for a splash around in the sea or a good leg stretch on the coast path or footpaths. Many local dog walkers enjoy a scenic circuit of Langdon Hill. Please keep your dog under control where livestock are grazing and respect all restrictions for dogs on the beaches.

Where to park


The interpretation panels on display in the car park at Stonebarrow © National Trust/Zoe Stansfield

National Trust pay and display car park at the top of Stonebarrow Lane near Charmouth with toilets and a small shop (open Easter to Hallowe'en).

 Car park charges: 40p for one hour, £1 for three hours, £2 all day (free for members)

Grid ref: SY382933, nearest postcode DT6 6RA



Langdon Hill

The woodland play trail at Langdon Hill car park © National Trust/Zoe Stansfield

National Trust pay and display car park just off the A35 at Morecombelake. Popular with families and dog walkers, it has a small woodland play trail.

Car park charges: 40p for one hour, £1 for three hours, £2 all day (free for members)

Grid ref: SY412930, nearest postcode DT6 6EP




Other local car parks

A stile on a scenic stretch of the coast path above Eype © National Trust

There are also car parks at Eype, Seatown, Charmouth and Lyme Regis (not National Trust) offering direct access to National Trust land on the South West Coast Path.



Where to stay

Far from the Madding Crowd was filmed at many West Dorset locations © Fox Searchlight Pictures

Our holiday cottages are available all year round. Why not spend a holiday by the sea?

Unwind in peaceful surroundings, explore the miles of footpaths on your doorstep and visit the places featured in Broadchurch and the recent Far from the Madding Crowd film, starring Carey Mulligan (pictured.)

Where to shop

The perfectly situated shop is a pleasure to browse © Elaine Hodgson

Visit our National Trust shop on Marine Parade in Lyme Regis for a fantastic range of local products, unusual gifts and friendly service. The light and airy space has a huge window overlooking Golden Cap and the Jurassic Coast. No wonder the staff have dubbed it 'the little shop with the big view'.

Open Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 11am-5pm. Call 01297 445828 for more details.