Things to see & do
Explore this special place
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South West Coast Path Challenge
Help protect 630 miles of coast by taking part in the South West Coast Path Challenge this October. Pledge the number of miles you'd like to walk or join one of four organised walks. Money raised will be split equally between the National Trust and the South West Coast Path Association to fund vital coast path conservation work.
Go car free 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)
- 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
Returning next spring
This year we introduced two circular tramper trails on the estate, and an off road tramper wheelchair for hire. The tramper hire will be available again next April, as the routes are not safe to use in the winter months due to muddy and slippery terrain.
50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ to try:
- Find a geocache - there are several on the estate
- Make a trail with sticks
- Climb a huge hill - tackle Golden Cap
- Map and compass - try our new orienteering route
- Fly a kite - pick a windy day up on Stonebarrow
Ranger Jon Sibthorp's wildlife highlights on the estate this month:
Birds: The last of the swallows and house martins are lining up on phone lines.
Fruit: In the hedgerows you'll find sloes, hawberries, rowan berries and crab apples; and keep an eye out for the peculiar-shaped fruit that are found on spindle.
Fungi: Parasol mushrooms are out in the fields now.
Flora: Its been a bumper year for autumn ladies tresses. One of the last of the orchids to flower, they can be seen in abundance on the western side of the estate.
Fancy getting out for some fresh air in the beautiful early autumn sunshine? 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.
If walking isn't your thing, how about running, following a smugglers' trail or hunting for geocaches?