Walks with a View

Best known for her work as a Countryfile presenter, Julia Bradbury is also a keen walker who loves exploring off the beaten track. In her new series for ITV Julia travelled the highways and byways of England in search of the Best Walks With a View, and explored several special National Trust sites along the way including the Golden Cap Estate.

For each episode Julia picked out a family friendly-trek that can easily be done in a morning or afternoon. As well as taking in the spectacular views, she also took the opportunity to uncover local history, meet the people who live and work in these stunning locations, and discover the best spot for a pub lunch or picnic. In episode three she paid a visit to Dorset to explore the spectacular coastal landscape of Golden Cap.

" The Dorset walk takes in three magical hills, and a dramatic climb to the highest point on the south coast, the delicious Golden Cap. It really does give the best views possible of the Jurassic Coast. Mind you the crew huffed and puffed a bit lugged the equipment to the top!"
- Julia Bradbury

The cliffs at Golden Cap are part of the Jurassic Coast, Britain's only natural World Heritage Site, which covers 95 glorious miles or coastline and records 185 million years of the earth's history.  The great expanse of grass-topped sandstone 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.  

Of course Golden Cap itself has the starring role, but on her route across the estate Julia also discovered Hardown Hill, the medieval hamlet of St Gabriel's and St Wite's Well. 

If you've been inspired by seeing this special place on TV, why not follow in Julia's footsteps?