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Woodland views at Golden Cap, Dorset
Woodland views at Golden Cap, Dorset | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

Langdon Hill walk

A circular woodland walk through Scots pine and larch with views over the Dorset countryside and out to Golden Cap, and year-round wildlife highlights.

Seasonal 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.

Total steps: 4

Total steps: 4

Start point

Langdon Hill car park, grid ref: SY412930

Step 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 far-reaching 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.

Step 2

Take the second path that leads off the main track which is signposted Coast Path Golden Cap, and bear right along the narrower path. Continue on the path, which runs almost parallel below the main track.

Step 3

Continue on this lower path until it naturally heads uphill to re-join 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.

A landscape view of woodland on a bright winter with the sea just about discernible in the distance.
Langdon Hill, Golden Cap, Dorset | © Lisa Wilcock

Step 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.

End point

Langdon Hill car park, grid ref: SY412930

Trail map

Ordnance Survey map outlining a circular walking trail around Langdon Hill
Langdon Hill circular walk | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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