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Golden Cap from Seatown

Jurassic Coast Walk

Region - Jurassic Coast

County/Area - Dorset

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 4.0 miles / 6.5 km    Ascent - 1100 feet / 333 metres

Time - 3 hours 10 minutes    Grade - easy/mod

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Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - Golden Cap from Seatown
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The coast of West Dorset is far different from that a few miles further east. Gone are the white cliffs replaced by a mixture of other sedimentary rocks. At 191 metres, Golden Cap is the highest sea cliff in Southern England and 30 metres higher than Beachy Head. This short half day walk starts from the small village of Seatown, which is reached down a minor road from the village of Chideock on the A35 between Lyme Regis and Bridport.

There is a small pay and display car park (Grid ref. SY420917) behind the beach with few other places to park. Before starting the walk it is a good idea to go onto the beach from where you get a good idea of the scale of the cliffs in this vicinity. From the back of the beach take the South West Coast Path west towards Golden Cap and Charmouth. Note that older maps show the original line of the path adjacent to the beach, which has been moved inland after a landslip. The path climbs steadily on a clear path with improving retrospective views along the Dorset coast towards Portland.

The going gets steeper as you near the top providing an excuse to stop and enjoy the view. There are few navigational difficulties with excellent waymarking leading you to the trig point on Golden Cap. You need to investigate the best viewpoints by exploring the summit area with the views covering a considerable length of the south coast of England. Descend from the top passing the memorial to the Earl of Antrim (Grid ref. SY405921) and continue west on the South West Coast Path with views ahead to Charmouth and beyond. After losing some height you reach a path junction. Take the right fork and descend past the remains of St Gabriel's Church and a farm on your left to reach a lane (Grid ref SY400924).

Walk along this lane to a T-junction (Grid ref. SY399930). Turn right along Muddyford Lane for about a kilometre. At the signed bridleway (Grid ref. SY407931) follow the access road to Filcombe Farm. Continue through the farm and continue with Filcombe Wood to your right. Starting to climb you arrive at a gate where the bridleways split (Grid ref. SY408924). Take the left fork and continue into Pettycrate Lane, which is followed for a gradual descent back into Seatown. Reaching the main lane through the village, turn right and the car park is at the end of the lane.

Other walks nearby

Walk 2580 Golden Cap & Charmoutheasy/mod5.0 miles
Walk 2391 West Bay & Burton Cliffeasy4.5 miles
Walk 1551 Seatown and Charmouth via Golden Cap easy/mod5.0 miles
Walk 3629 Eggardon Hill from Lodersmoderate8.4 miles
Walk 2771 Lyme Regis & Uplyme Circulareasy/mod5.5 miles
Walk 1550 Charmouth & Lyme Regis Circular easy/mod6.0 miles
Walk 3265 Eggardon Hill from Powerstockeasy/mod6.3 miles
Walk 2494 West Bexington & Abbotsbury Circularmoderate7.7 miles
Walk 2565 Littlebredy from Abbotsburymoderate8.5 miles
Walk 2827 Rodden & Langton Herring from Abbotsbury easy/mod9.2 miles

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