Golden Cap

Important notice -

Good news - the steps providing the only access to the secluded St Gabriels beach have been repaired. The whole cliff here is very mobile and it is weather-dependent how long the repairs will last.

Stunning coastline and England's only natural World Heritage Site

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Things to see and do

Julia Bradbury standing on the western slope up to Golden Cap with a view of Lyme Bay in the background

Julia Bradbury's Best Walks With A View - Golden Cap 

Former Countryfile presenter and keen walker Julia Bradbury filmed in the West Dorset region for her ITV series Best Walks with a View. Discover her favourite scenic landscapes from the Golden Cap walk, and if you've been inspired to lace your boots you can read the route to follow in Julia's footsteps.

A six spot burnet moth with its distinctive red spots resting on a pink flower

Wildlife Wednesdays 

Throughout the summer we will be discovering some of the fascinating creatures which live on the estate and building up a list of species to help us to manage the site as well as we possibly can for wildlife. As part of this we are running Wildlife Wednesdays - a chance for anybody with an interest in wildlife and natural history at the Golden Cap Estate to come and help us record wildlife. These family friendly events will be running every Wednesday morning from 9:30am -12pm, starting at Stonebarrow.

Two children studying their maps at a map and compass event on Stonebarrow

What's on 

There's plenty going on here all year round. From family events in the school holidays to guided walks, why not join us for a special day out?

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Places to stay

The terrace at Portland House with sea views

National Trust places to stay in West Dorset 

West Dorset is an ideal holiday location. Our places to stay are located by the coast in gorgeous countryside that's featured in the hit TV programme Broadchurch and the recent Far from the Madding Crowd film.

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A colourful field of green-winged orchid on the Golden Cap Estate

Wildlife on the Golden Cap Estate in Dorset 

Learn about the wildlife you can see on the Golden Cap Estate, from wildflowers in the haymeadows to dragonflies in the ponds.

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Get involved

A back view of a young woman walking towards the beach at Ringstead on a footpath with flower filled hedgerows

The South West Coast path challenge 

Help protect 630 miles of coast path by taking part in the South West Coast Path Challenge this October. Pledge the number of miles you’d like to walk (how about completing the entire Dorset section for a big challenge?) or join one of the organised walks.