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Notice: For your safety please avoid cliffs, and beaches with a cliff backdrop. Please follow all advice and signage along the South West Coast Path, connecting paths and on beaches.
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.
Stress free Christmas shopping
Our National Trust shop in Lyme Regis is the perfect place to stock up on Christmas gifts for friends and family, and you'll currently find special offers on selected festive food and decorations. The friendly staff, light airy shop and panoramic views of Golden Cap all make for a wonderfully relaxing Christmas shopping experience. Call the shop on 01297 445828 for more information.
Open Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm & Sunday 11am-4pm.
The West Dorset coast isn't just a great place for summer hols. Our holiday cottages are available all year round and it's in the winter months, outside of the tourist season, when you can best appreciate the tranquillity of the estate. Whether you're after a relaxing pre-Christmas getaway, or wish to beat the winter blues with a January or February break, you're sure to find the perfect place to stay.
The Golden Cap estate is made up of rolling hills, pastoral fields, sunken lanes, ancient hedgerows and dramatic coastline. All 2,000 acres (800 hectares) of the estate lie within the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
The Dorset AONB is one of a family of protected landscapes in the UK and is working to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of almost half of Dorset's countryside. We're proud to be one of the partners in this important work.
Wonderful winter walking
The Golden Cap Estate is definitely best explored on foot, and offers great walking all year round. Winter is actually an ideal time to follow some of the spectacular South West Coast Path which runs through the estate. Cold, crisp days with clear blue skies provide far-reaching views along the Jurassic Coast, and the paths are much quieter at this time of year. Or how about downloading a circular trail to discover the incredible countryside, its wildlife and history.