Walking

Walking trail

Langdon Hill walk

Walking trail

A circular woodland walk through Scots pine and larch with spectacular views and year-round wildlife highlights. In spring and summer, Langdon Hill is awash with flowers including bluebells and foxgloves. In autumn, take a look at the weird and wonderful fungi that pop up around the woods. Keep an eagle eye out for buzzards and ravens soaring overhead too.

Map

Ordnance Survey map showing the route for the circular Langdon Hill walk

Elevation

Elevation graph for the Langdon Hill walk

Start:

Langdon Hill car park, grid ref: SY412930

1

From the car park, go through the gate signposted towards Golden Cap. Follow the main path around the side of the hill. The clearings on the left as you follow the track around give magnificent views over Chideock and the surrounding West Dorset countryside. The small coastal hamlet of Seatown lies where the River Winniford meets the coast and Thorncombe Beacon is clearly visible on the cliffs beyond.

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A path circulating the woodland at Langdon Hill

2

Take the second path that leads off the main track, and bear right along the narrower path. Continue on the path, which runs almost parallel below the main track. Over to the left, you can glimpse Golden Cap, the highest point on the south coast at a towering 626ft (191m). It gets its colour (and name) from minerals in the rock that glisten a rusty-gold in the sunlight.

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A roe deer in a field on the Golden Cap Estate

3

Continue on this lower path until it naturally heads uphill to rejoin the main track. As you walk, look down into the fields below. This is a great place to spot farm birds like the lapwing, linnet and skylark.

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A close up view of some porcelain fungus growing on a tree

4

When you reach the main track, bear left and follow the track back to the car park, pausing first to take a seat on the bench nearby and admire the view of the unspoilt Marshwood Vale, including the impressive Hardown Hill near Morecombelake.

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Looking north towards Hardown Hill from the top of Golden Cap

End:

Langdon Hill car park, grid ref: SY412930

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Langdon Hill walk

Terrain

A circular walk following an old Forestry Commission path. This walk is wheelchair (gates require Radar key) and buggy friendly. It can get muddy in places. Well-behaved dogs are welcome, but please keep them on a lead near grazing livestock.

Langdon Hill walk

Contact us

For more information please contact the National Trust's West Dorset office by email or call 01297 489481.

Langdon Hill walk

How to get here

Address
Langdon Hill car park, Morecombelake, Dorset DT6 6EP, grid ref: SY412930
By train

Nearest station is Axminster, 7 miles (11.3km).

By road

From Bridport and the east, drive through Chideock village on the A35 and at the top of the steep hill, take the next left into the narrow, unmarked lane.

From the west, go through Morecombelake and after passing Felicity's Farm Shop, take the first turn right into the unmarked, easily missed lane. Take the first left and follow the signposted track into the National Trust car park.

By foot

The South West Coast Path passes just below Langdon Hill.

By bus

Coastline X53 and First 31 services run through Morecombelake - alight next to Moore's biscuit factory and walk along the footpath behind the factory following signs to Langdon Hill.

Langdon Hill walk

Facilities and access

  • National Trust car park and small play area at Langdon Hill
  • Pub and toilets at Seatown
  • Outdoor toilet and picnic benches at Filcombe Farmhouse, and various leaflets and local information available during office hours Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
  • Felicity's Farm Shop with small café, Moore's Biscuits shop and Post Office at Morecombelake
  • Two pubs and village stores in Chideock village