On the stunning Dorset Coast AONB and part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site is the great rocky shoulder of Golden Cap.

It surely lives up to its name. The top of the cliff has a warm golden glow, which can be seen for miles around.

At 626 feet it is the highest point on the south coast of Britain.

The views of the coastline are spectacular, towards Lyme Regis in the west and West Bay in the east. On a clear day you can see across Lyme Bay to Dartmoor – well worth the effort of the walk uphill.


Golden Cap can be reached on foot either from Seatown or from Langdon Hill Wood.

From the Langdon Hill Wood 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

Immediately inland it is hilly enough for some immensely gratifying round walks linking up with Golden Cap itself.

We enjoyed a moderately hard 4,5-mile circular. We started from the car park in Seatown and took the road northwards, towards Chideock.

Then we followed the South West Coast Path towards Golden Cap.

The route takes in St Gabriel’s Chapel and the woodland on Langdon Hill before returning to Seatown.

Images by Cool Places Britain | Floris Schouten

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