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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.

Love our coast

Join us for a special cruise along the coast between Exmouth and West Bay (or West Bay to Exmouth) on Saturday 8 August. Visit the Events page to find out more.

It's just one of the ways you can celebrate the West Dorset coast this year with the Coastal Festival. 300 miles of coast in the South West to explore, over 200 events, and £1 million to raise (in order to care for the coast for just one year.)

Summer holiday fun

We've organised plenty of family activities and events during the school summer holidays, including a tree climbing day with The Great Big Tree Climbing Company at Langdon Hill on 25 August.

Don't have a head for heights? From den building and wild art to map and compass skills, visit our Events page to plan your action-packed summer. 

Don't miss event: Book your tree climb

Dogs welcome

Bring your pet for a splash around in the sea or a good leg stretch on the coast path or footpaths. Many local dog walkers enjoy a scenic circuit of Langdon Hill. 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 stay

Far from the Madding Crowd was filmed at many West Dorset locations © Fox Searchlight Pictures

Our holiday cottages are available all year round. Why not spend a summer holiday by the sea?

Unwind in peaceful surroundings, explore the miles of footpaths on your doorstep and visit the places featured in Broadchurch and the recent Far from the Madding Crowd film, starring Carey Mulligan (pictured.)

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, unusual 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.

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