Activities

Walking

A walk up Golden Cap rewards you with great views across the Jurassic Coast

A walk up Golden Cap rewards you with great views across the Jurassic Coast

The Golden Cap Estate is a haven for walkers of all abilities and ages, with over 25 miles of footpaths to explore. Starting from our Stonebarrow or Langdon Hill car parks, you can follow a stretch of the South West Coast Path, climb the highest point on the South Coast or discover the unspoilt countryside inland.

Looking for inspiration? Why not download one of these self-guided circular trails. The Langdon Hill route is ideal for families with pushchairs or those seeking a less-challenging stroll.

Downloadable trails

  • Langdon Hill walk

    A woodland walk through Scots pine and larch with spectacular views and year-round wildlife

  • Stonebarrow walk

    Rolling hills, pastoral fields, sunken lanes, ancient hedgerows and dramatic coastline

50 things activities

Calling all young adventurers. You can complete almost half your 50 things to do before you're 11¾ challenges on the estate.

It's easy to tick off quite a few at Stonebarrow Hill. We've created this handy Stonebarrow activity map to show you what you can do where.

Smugglers' trail

Experience life as a smuggler on our trail

Experience life as a smuggler on our trail

Today, this part of the coastline is a hotspot for walkers, swimmers and lovers of beautiful surroundings. However, this wasn't always the case. Not so very long ago, it was a notorious spot for smuggling.

Thanks to an interactive family-friendly trail, you can now follow in the footsteps of the Golden Cap smugglers, imagining how they transported their illicit goods up from the sea.

Swimming

The shingle beaches at Charmouth, Seatown and Eype's Mouth are great for swimming on calmer days. They have their own (not National Trust) car parks for easy access and offer a peaceful alternative to the busier resorts. Due to their shelving nature, care should be taken at Seatown and Eype where currents can be strong near the shore.

Picnic pleasure

You're spoilt for choice when it comes to scenic spots to tuck into your hamper, but here are a few top spots to try:

  • Views to savour at the top of Golden Cap
  • Bagsy a bench at peaceful Cain's Folly
  • Sand-free sarnies on the shingle at Seatown
  • Reward yourself for reaching Thorncombe Beacon

Fishing

Angling is extremely popular on the coast here, both for locals and tourists hoping to catch something tasty for the barbecue.

At Seatown we've witnessed lucky holidaymakers catching one mackerel after another on a sunny summer's evening. Other possible catch includes bass, cod and plaice depending on the time of year.

Geocaching

Geocaching is an exciting outdoor adventure for the whole family - a treasure hunt for the digital generation. Enjoy the freedom of being outside and exploring the Golden Cap Estate. All you need is a handheld GPS and a sense of fun. Most caches have a log book for you to leave a message in.

Wildlife watching

The whole estate is teeming with wildlife, especially in the spring and summer months. Check out the wildlife page for more information, and see what you can identify on your next visit: birds and butterflies, flowers and fungi. Time to get closer to nature.

Running

Why sweat it out on a treadmill in a gym when you can enjoy traffic-free running in the fresh air? For an easy workout, do a circuit or two of Langdon Hill. For a more challenging training session, the undulating South West Coast Path awaits.

Every July, we host the Charmouth Challenge, an eight-mile fell race in aid of local charities.

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