Golden Cap is the rather obvious name for a high, flat-topped hill of deep orange sandstone on the cliffs between Charmouth and Bridport. It represents the tail end of a vein of the warm-coloured sandstone that stretches down from the Cotswolds. The Cap is the highest point on the south coast, at 627ft (191m), with views along the shore to the tip of Portland Bill in one direction and to Start Point in the other. Inland, you can see Pilsdon Pen and as far as the heights of Dartmoor.
Climbing towards the top, you pass from neat fields, through a line of wind-scoured oak trees, into an area of high heathland, walking up through bracken, heather, bilberry and blackberry, alive with songbirds. The loose...
Map & Directions
Adjacent to A35 coastal road from Bridport to Axminster.
Public Transport Directions
Car-free travel highlight
The award-winning Jurassic Coast X53 offers a very picturesque journey to Golden Cap on a double decker bus which runs between Weymouth and Exeter.
Lies on the South West Coast Path. Access on foot from Charmouth, Morcombelake, Chideock, Seatown and Eype - all within a mile of the estate.
National Cycle Network route 2 runs along the whole English south coast and about 2 miles inland of the Golden Cap Estate. It is linked by small quiet lanes and bridleways.
Jurassic Coast X53 links the Golden Cap Estate to Exeter , Beer, Lyme Regis, Charmouth, Bridport, Weymouth , Wareham and Bournemouth.
Bus no.31 runs from Axminster , Lyme Regis, Charmouth, Bridport, Dorchester South and Weymouth . Service runs about every hour.
Bus no.152 runs from Seaton, Lyme Regis, Charmouth, Bridport and West Bay. Service runs about every hour.
Axminster 5 miles, Dorchester 20 miles and Weymouth 20miles.
There are pleasure boat trips along the coastline in the summer months from Lyme Regis and West Bay.
Ordnance Survey maps
Landranger 193: Taunton & Lyme Regis
Explorer 116: Lyme Regis & Bridport