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Seatown and Charmouth via Golden Cap

Jurassic Coast Walk

Region - Jurassic Coast

County/Area - Dorset

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 5.0 miles / 8.1 km    Ascent - 1100 feet / 333 metres

Time - 3 hours 40 minutes    Grade - easy/mod

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Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - Seatown and Charmouth via Golden Cap
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Dorset's Jurassic Coast is exceptional and England's first natural World Heritage site. This linear walk follows the South West Coast path from Charmouth to Seatown with great views along the coast. As a linear walk you have two options. Either use two cars parked at each end of the walk or make use of public transport. The latter is my preferred option and I normally park at the end of the walk and catch the bus to the start. This way you can plan your day more effectively and avoid the need to rush for the next bus! The Dorset Coast bus routes X31 and X53 cover this walk and run from Chideok Bridge just to the north of Seatown to the centre of Charmouth. Parking is available at Chrmouth and Seatown.

From the seafront in Charmouth (grid ref. SY364930) you immediately get a good idea of the walk ahead. Looking east you will see Golden Cap, the highest point on the Dorset Coast at 191 metres above sea level. Looking west you can see as far as the Cobb in Lyme Regis. Facing the sea, turn left and cross the small footbridge over the River Char. The South West Coast Path is signed and you ascend steadily onto Stonebarrow Hill from where the view becomes much wider.

Like all coastal walking the path has its ups and downs. Descending you cross Westhay Water on a footbridge before a short climb and descent lead you to a footbridge over Ridge Water. Another climb over the top of Broom Cliff is followed by another descent to cross a small stream (grid ref. SY397923). From here the final ascent to the top of Golden Cap commences with some steep sections before the top is reached.

The summit of Golden Cap offers a grandstand view along the coast in both directions and is a perfect place to spend some time before the descent into Seatown, still following the South West Coast Path. Reaching the shore at Seatown it is just under a mile to Chideok Bridge if you are catching the bus back to the start.

Other walks nearby

Walk 2580 Golden Cap & Charmoutheasy/mod5.0 miles
Walk 2771 Lyme Regis & Uplyme Circulareasy/mod5.5 miles
Walk 1550 Charmouth & Lyme Regis Circular easy/mod6.0 miles
Walk 1549 Golden Cap from Seatowneasy/mod4.0 miles
Walk 2391 West Bay & Burton Cliffeasy4.5 miles
Walk 3629 Eggardon Hill from Lodersmoderate8.4 miles
Walk 1795 Beer & Branscombe Circulareasy/mod5.5 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

Recommended Books & eBooks

South West Coast Path Map Booklet - St Ives to Plymouth

South West Coast Path Map Booklet - St Ives to PlymouthMap of part of the southern section of the 630 mile (1014km) South West Coast Path National Trail. Covers the trail from St Ives to Plymouth along the west Cornwall and Devon coastline. This convenient and compact booklet of Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 maps shows the route, providing all of the mapping you need to walk the trail in either direction.
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The South West Coast Path

The South West Coast PathGuidebook to walking the entire South West Coast Path National Trail. The route runs for 630 miles from Minehead to Poole along the north Devon, Cornish, south Devon and Dorset coastline. Divided into 45 stages, this long-distance coastal trek could be completed within 4 weeks, or walked in sections. Guide includes maps and essential information.
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