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The Easy Way to Walk to Golden Cap Jurassic Coast Dorset

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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.

Starting off

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.

The Easy Way to Walk to Golden Cap Jurassic Coast Dorset

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.

The Easy Way to Walk to Golden Cap Jurassic Coast Dorset

Follow my map, it’s easy to get to Golden Cap

Map - Legend for Golden Cap Walk

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

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.

Sign Post with Directions to Golden Cap

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.

Snack Time

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. 

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Whether you are on holiday, recently moved to the region or like me live here and realise that there are great places a just few miles away that seem to have passed you by, then I hope you enjoy reading this.

12 Comments

  1. Sophie

    Your photos, are amazing and make your site so lovely to read, thank you

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    • mm

      Thank you, I’m hoping it will get better, early days yet!

      Reply
  2. Sharon

    Clare this is wonderful! Love it! Good luck with it all

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  3. Helen

    I love your blogging style Clare 🙂

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  4. Jill

    Hi Clare

    What a great idea, so glad it popped up in the twitter feed, I have already given your address out to visitors who have been in this morning.

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  5. Mina

    Fabulous blogging Clare , I will be stalking this website for things to do and hopefully following in your footsteps – thank you , just what we needed x

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    • mm

      Thank you everyone for the great comments – there are so many lovely places near here I just need more time to pull it all together!

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      • Zoe

        Looking forward to trying one of your walks this weekend, really inspiring and love the way you’ve put it together

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  6. Tina

    I have just got home from doing this walk which was really easy and you can make it as long or short as you want. We walked 3 miles and enjoyed the bluebells and beech trees. Thank you for sharing all your lovely walks.
    Tina

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    • mm

      So pleased to hear that you’ve done this walk and in time to see the bluebells. Thank you for taking the time to comment. Clare

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  7. Juliet evans

    Hi Clare, we have just moved to Charmouth from Brighton. I’m really looking forward to getting out more once the snow clears and trying some of these walks, your blog is very useful for me! Thank you

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    • mm

      Welcome to the area, I’m so pleased you’ve found my blog and I really hope you get the chance to try out lots of my ideas.

      Reply

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Clare Flipflops or WelliesHi! I am Clare and I live in glorious East Devon with my family. I love finding new places to explore in the West Country as well as further afield. I hope you enjoy reading and taking inspiration from my blog.

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