Walking

Walking trail

Stonebarrow walk on the Golden Cap Estate

Walking trail

The Golden Cap Estate is made up of rolling hills, pastoral fields, sunken lanes, ancient hedgerows and dramatic coastline. The whole estate lies within the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This walk includes a section of the South West Coast Path along the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.

A footpath at Stonebarrow on the Golden Cap Estate

Map

An image of the Ordnance Survey map for a walk on Stonebarrow

Elevation

An image of an elevation graph for the circular walk at Stonebarrow

Start:

Stonebarrow car park, grid ref: SY382933

1

The Stonebarrow shop and information centre is housed within an old radar station. From the shop, turn left and head for the clump of pine trees at the end of the car park.

2

Turn right before the trees and follow the fingerposts for Westhay Farm, passing by Monument Copse. The grassland on Stonebarrow is home to lots of butterflies like the small bordered fritillary and the common blue.

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A field of green winged orchids on a sunny day at Westhay Farm on the Golden Cap Estate

3

From here you can take a short detour into Monument Copse which marks the spot where local squire Robert Hilliard died in 1876. Continue through the hay meadows to Westhay Farm, given to us in 1961. This was the first land obtained by the National Trust in the area now known as the Golden Cap Estate.

4

Turn right and head uphill to the next set of fingerposts, then turn left along the smugglers path. The next fingerpost should be signed Charmouth. Turn right and go up a few steps, then turn left and go up some more steps.

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An ancient track leading past the ruins of St Gabriel's Chapel on the Golden Cap Estate

5

At the top of the steps, turn left for Charmouth and walk to Cains Folly. There was once a Second World War radar station here.

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The outside of the basic bunk house at Stonebarrow with an information panel on the stone wall

6

Continue up the hill and turn right before the kissing gate, through the squeeze and follow the marker back to the Stonebarrow car park.

End:

Stonebarrow car park, grid ref: SY382933

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Stonebarrow walk on the Golden Cap Estate

Terrain

A circular walk off the beaten track. There are some steep steps and slopes on this walk as well as sections of coast path close to cliff edges. Walking boots are advisable. Well behaved dogs are welcome but please keep them on a lead in fields with livestock.

Stonebarrow walk on the Golden Cap Estate

Contact us

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

Stonebarrow walk on the Golden Cap Estate

How to get here

Address
Stonebarrow Lane, Charmouth DT6 6RA
By train

Axminster station 5 miles, on X53 and 31 service routes (see bus directions for links to the timetables)

By road

Come off the A35 between Lyme Regis and Bridport. From the west, go through Charmouth and take turning on right by Stonebarrow Manor into Stonebarrow Lane to top of hill, over the cattle grid. From the east, turn off at Charmouth, go past Newlands Holiday Park and take next lane on left, as above.
 

By foot

The South West Coast Path passes through the Golden Cap Estate

By bus

Coastline X53, alight at Newlands, Charmouth, then walk up Stonebarrow Lane, approximately 1 mile (1.6km) away. Also First X51.
 

Stonebarrow walk on the Golden Cap Estate

Facilities and access

  • Shop selling light refreshments open 11am-5pm from Easter to end of October
  • Toilets near to shop (open during shop opening hours)
  • Selection of pubs and cafes in nearby village of Charmouth