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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.

Walking

The Golden Cap Estate is definitely best explored on foot. It offers great walking all year round on over 25 miles of footpaths. Enjoy a scenic stroll on Stonebarrow, make the exhilarating climb up Golden Cap or complete a stretch of the South West Coast Path. We've got some great downloadable circular walks to try too.

Plan your visit

Family enjoying a visit to Stonebarrow

Lovely beaches, perfect picnic spots, wonderful walking and events and activities to keep the kids entertained - we have all the ingredients for a great day out.

Dogs welcome

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

Where to park

Stonebarrow

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 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, high-quality 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.

Where to stay

Shedbush enjoys a peaceful and idyllic setting on the Golden Cap Estate © National Trust Holiday Cottages

Our holiday cottages are available all year round. Why not treat yourself to a weekend break or summer holiday by the sea? Unwind in peaceful surroundings, explore the miles of footpaths on your doorstep and discover this special corner of Dorset.

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