Things to see & do

Explore this special place

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What's on

We have regular outdoor events on the estate in the spring and summer months. They include family-friendly trails in the holidays, 50 things themed activities, and informative guided walks with our rangers.

We also work with external organisations hosting events on the estate, including the annual Charmouth Challenge run in July.

Fossil Festival

Sat 3 and Sun 4 May

Looking for a family day out on the May Bank Holiday? We'll be at the fascinating Lyme Regis Fossil Festival again this year. Meet some of our team, learn how ammonites were formed and find out about our special West Dorset places. You can collect a 50 things scrapbook and immediately tick off number 26 on the list, Hunt for fossils and bones.

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

Bluebells in bloom

A mild start to the year has brought an early spring, and bluebells are already out in force on the estate. We can highly recommend a visit to Langdon Hill where the carpet of bluebells is an annual highlight. You can download the Langdon Hill walk which takes you on a full circuit of the woodland.

Getting active on the estate

Step into the new season with a family walk in the fresh air

Step into the new season with a family walk in the fresh air

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

Spring is an idyllic time to follow some of the spectacular South West Coast Path which runs through the estate. Crisp spring days with clear blue skies provide far-reaching views along the Jurassic Coast, and all around you there are signs of nature bursting into life.

50 things in a year

Get outside and closer to nature this year

Get outside and closer to nature this year

Are you up for an outdoor adventure in 2014? Our list of 50 things to do before you’re 11¾ is back and this year we're showing you the best places to do each 50 things activity in West Dorset. We’ll also be holding some special 50 things events so families can have unforgettable experiences while exploring our special places.

Show and tell

We're on Facebook. Been exploring the estate? Ticking off some 50 things activities? Share your pics of things you've got up to or wildlife you've seen - we love to hear from our visitors. Our rangers post regular updates so it's a great place to get all the latest news from the estate.