The Easy Way to Walk to Golden Cap Jurassic Coast Dorset
Try this fabulous walk to the top of Golden Cap without breaking a sweat (well maybe a little one!)
The South West Coast Path is a huge draw to walkers visiting Devon and Dorset. Usually you have to walk along the cliff tops from point A to B, then back again to return to the car. So if you are at all like me and you want the great sea views without having to walk too far, a circular route is ideal. This is especially true with children (whose feet start to hurt, legs ache and need a break when you know you’re not even half way!).
Taking this short route to Golden Cap is a great compromise. Ok it’s not completely easy, you do have to go uphill still, but the views are a stunning and quite manageable even with little ones in tow, (walking, no pushchairs for this one). Just remember snacks and water (for you!) as they will probably race to the top ahead of you on this easy way to walk to Golden Cap.
The route we took starts at a small National Trust car park near Morcombelake (free for NT members with your card, directions below).
The walk sets off through Langdon Woods which is actually a 1 1/2 mile circular path – this is a great route for anyone wanting an easy walk with a pushchair or mobility scooter. For the shortest route to Golden Cap bear left onto the track (clockwise) out of the carpark. Nice and flat, the kids can run off ahead without getting lost.
Ready for a climb
After about 1/2 mile you bear left off the main path – this is where the route splits away from the woods and heads off up to Golden Cap – sorry no pushchairs past this point! Now it’s just a case of following the signs and your nose up to the highest point. Golden Cap has a trig point, one of those concrete pillars on high points (for serious map readers ) – great for photos if you can climb up (is that allowed or is it disrespectful to trig points!).
View from the Cap
On a clear day you can see Portland to the East and round to the edge of Lyme Bay to the West. Enjoy your snacks and take some photos. Please note there is no fence around the edge – the edge is the cliff so don’t get too close.
So that’s it really – just a great way to access Golden Cap, walk the dog, blow away the cobwebs, stretch your legs and all those other reasons we really shouldn’t need to go for a walk.
Follow my map, it’s easy to get to Golden Cap
Some ideas to stretch your legs further
If you want more of a challenge then head off along the coast path (in the direction of Charmouth) and loop back to Langdon Woods via the little derelict chapel at Stanton St Gabriel’s. You could also keep going to Stonebarrow Hill, it’s 2 miles as the crow flies but sure to feel more like 5! Here your loving other half or less fit mates can be waiting with the kids and an ice cream!
The other route is back down the hill the way you came you can then follow the signs into Chiddeock. Here you could go for lunch or a well deserved drink at the Anchor Inn (Seatown) making this a great circular pub walk. This is seriously on my list to do, with or without the walking!
A final option if required, is to hire a tramper from the National Trust and follow their recommended Tramper Trail.
Geocaching. Personally we’ve had limited family enthusiasm for geocaching, I think it was down to lack of preparation on my part – some of those boxes are really hard to find!! Anyway a quick look online at Golden Cap reveals a choice of caches, so if anyone wants to show us how it really works we’d be happy to tag along!
FLIP FLOPS OR WELLIES
I would advise wellies or trainers if you are planning on heading up the hill. The walk around the woods is easier, flip flops may be fine in the summer.
Directions to the car par
From the west (Charmouth), go through Morecombelake and after passing Felicity’s Farm Shop, take the first turn on the right onto an unmarked lane. Take the first left and follow the signposted track into the National Trust car park.
From Bridport, head through Chiddeock and up out of the village, keep your eyes peeled for a left turning just as you come to the brow of the hill. If you reach the Farm Shop you’ve gone a little too far.
The carpark is free for National Trust member (you need your card for the machine)
SatNav: Langdon Hill car park: grid ref: SY412930, nearest postcode DT6 6EP
More details from the National Trust are available here.
If you think you’ve had quite enough fresh air for one day then you can go back in the car to Chiddeock (various places for tea and a small shop) or Morecomblake to Annie’s Tearooms or Felicity’s Farm Shop for an ice cream (you can sit outside on a good day with more great views). Pop into the Moores Dorset Biscuit Shop for biscuits and other goodies to takeaway.
The South West Coast Path
If you like this walk then also take a look at the walk from Seaton Hole to Beer or Beer to Branscombe on the South West Path which are listed in my Coastal walks section.