Things to see & do

Explore this special place

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What's on

The next couple of months are a real celebration of walking. Take part in a series of guided walks along the Dorset coastline as part of  Great South West Walks 2014. Then join us for our Great British Walk 2014 and enjoy a cream tea on the top of Golden Cap.

Car free coast walks

Go car free this month and enjoy a care free coast walk through the countryside. Why not follow the South West Coast Path from West Bay to Charmouth? You can stop for lunch at the Anchor Inn at Seatown and use the X53 bus service to return to your start point.

Did you know...?

  • The old stone track at St Gabriel's was once the main London to Exeter road
  • It's estimated that the coastline was a mile further out in the Iron Age (4,000 years ago)
  • The photogenic estate has been used as a filming location for various films and TV dramas
  • Over 25 miles of footpaths crisscross the estate - paradise for walkers
  • The soft cliffs to the east of Golden Cap are the top habitat in the whole country for invertebrates
  • The estate has a very ancient landscape dating back to the 16th century

50 things in September

Come blackberry picking on the estate

Come blackberry picking on the estate

Our pick of 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ activities to experience this month:

  • Jump over waves - fun for all the family
  • Pick blackberries growing in the wild - there are loads this year
  • Eat an apple straight from a tree - from the orchard at Shedbush Farm
  • Make a grass trumpet - there's plenty of long grass right now
  • Cook on a campfire - before the evenings get too chilly

Show and tell

We're on Facebook. Been exploring the estate? Trying some 50 things activities this autumn?

Share your photos of things you've got up to or the wildlife you've seen - we love to hear from you.

Our rangers post regular updates so it's a great place to get all the latest news.

Seasonal wildlife

The hedgerows and fields are full of tasty treats at this time of year:

  • Blackberries and hawthorn berries in the hedgerows
  • Sloes are starting to ripen
  • Hazelnuts and windfall apples
  • Fungi including field mushrooms and parasols in the meadows

Enjoy an active autumn on the estate

Pause to admire the view when you reach the top of Golden Cap

Pause to admire the view when you reach the top of Golden Cap

The Golden Cap Estate is definitely best explored on foot, from walking and running to following a smugglers' trail or hunting for geocaches.

Early autumn is an idyllic time to follow some of the spectacular South West Coast Path which runs through the estate. Bright blue skies provide far-reaching views along the Jurassic Coast, and you can enjoy some spectacular sunsets at this time of year.