Golden Cap, Charmouth, Dorset

The views at the top of Golden Cap in Dorset are incredible; on a clear day, you can see right across Lyme Bay all the way to Dartmoor, so it’s well worth the steep climb. This is the highest point on the South West Coast and is named very appropriately for its golden colour that stands out along the Jurassic coastline, especially when it’s almost illuminated by glorious sunshine.

Roughly midway between Charmouth and Bridport, the Golden Cap site is owned and maintained by the National Trust. The best way to get there is to pull of the A35, park in the signposted car park (pay and display) at Langdon Hill and amble up through the woods out into the open fields. In springtime the sight and scent of thousands of bluebells beneath the trees will arrest your senses so keep your phone camera at the ready for pictures to accompany your memories. Otherwise, drive up the steep winding lane to Stonebarrow Hill and take a bracing walk across the clifftops to reach the Cap.

A really nice way to make the most of your time here is to take a picnic and sit as safely near the cliff edge as you can; you’ll feel like you’re up in the clouds, almost floating out to sea.The air is quiet and relaxing, and providing there’s no one tearing about all you can hear is the birds singing and the rustling of the breeze. Spot the boats out on the open sea and on the way back down, explore the woods and see what you can find.

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