Activities you can enjoy on the Golden Cap Estate

The miles of footpaths, glorious coastline and unspoilt countryside make the Golden Cap Estate an ideal place to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities.

Two couples with young children and a dog walking up Golden Cap from the eastern side

Walking

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.

Two girls orienteering at Stonebarrow Hill with views across the countryside to Golden Cap

Orienteering trails in Dorset 

Venture further afield in Dorset with these new orienteering trails.

A man crouching beside a geocache he has just located at Stonebarrow

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.

Two girls and their dog standing on a tree branch in the woodland at Langdon Hill

50 things activities

Calling all young (and young at heart) 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.

A small group of National Trust staff looking through binoculars to spot birds on the Golden Cap Estate

Watching wildlife 

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.

A swimmer braving the sea on a grey day on the Dorset coast

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.

A mass of silver whitebait washed up on the shingle shore near Burton Bradstock

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 seen people catching one mackerel after another on a sunny summer's evening (whitebait along the tide are a good clue). Other possible catch includes bass, cod and plaice depending on the time of year.

Visitor running through the woods

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.