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Golden Cap

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Golden Cap
Author: blackcoffee, Published: 16 Oct 2012 Walk Rating:star1 Golden Cap Walking Guide star1 Golden Cap Walking Guide star1 Golden Cap Walking Guide star1 Golden Cap Walking Guide star1 Golden Cap Walking Guide
Dorset, Seatown
Walk Type: Coastal
Golden Cap
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Golden Cap Walking Guide boot Golden Cap Walking Guide boot Golden Cap Walking Guide
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One of the nicest walks on the South Coast with good views of the bay towards Charmouth and to the east Chesil Beach. Two fairly stiff climbs but well worth it for the view on a good day. The 4.5 mile circular walk starts at the car park in Seatown which is opposite the dog friendly Anchor Inn. The Inn has a good selection of ales and a decent menu. There are several stiles on the walk which make it impractical for pushchairs and cattle can be found in some fields so dogs must be kept under control. The ground is generally firm but can be boggy in some areas after heavy rain.

Seatown is situated on the coast approximately half way between Lyme Regis and Bridport and is clearly marked from the A35 down a single track road. The main car park is to your left as you reach the bottom of the hill. Approximate post code DT6 6JU.

Walk Sections

Start to field
Start to field

Start point: 50.7226 lat, -2.8225 long
End point: 50.7246 lat, -2.8256 long

From the car park walk back up the hill a little way and watch out for the sign post
'Coastal Path Diversion' on the left. Continue up this path through a gate and at the field head straight across it towards the wooded area on the opposite side of the field.

Field to Left fork
Field to Left fork

Start point: 50.7246 lat, -2.8256 long
End point: 50.7255 lat, -2.8307 long

Cross the stile at the fields edge and continue across the footbridge into the wooded area. The path is very well marked.
The path starts to climb and at the fork take the left track again clearly marked Golden Cap.

Left fork to Steps / stile
Left fork to Steps / stile

Start point: 50.7255 lat, -2.8307 long
End point: 50.7265 lat, -2.8394 long

The path continues to climb and crosses the hillside to an area of brambles and ahead you will see Golden Cap. Cross a further stile and turn left up the row of steps.

Steps / stile to Golden cap
Steps / stile to Golden cap

Start point: 50.7265 lat, -2.8394 long
End point: 50.7258 lat, -2.8432 long

Golden Cap is now straight ahead. Watch out for excellent views to your left. A trig point marks the summit and further along is the memorial stone to the Earl of Antrim. He was Chairman of the National Trust in the 60's and 70's and spearheaded the appeal 'Enterprise Neptune' which purchased sections of the coast line to protect it from developers.

Golden cap to St Gabriels
Golden cap to St Gabriels

Start point: 50.7258 lat, -2.8432 long
End point: 50.7283 lat, -2.848 long

From the trig point continue west to the Memorial Stone of the Earl of Antrim and at a marker stone turn right and follow the zig-zag path which goes downhill with steps along the way. Excellent views toward Lyme Regis. The ruin of St Gabriel's Chapel is seen ahead. Continue down the field and in the bottom corner turn left to pass St Gabriel's and follow the farm track

St Gabriel's to Pickaxe cross
St Gabriel's to Pickaxe cross

Start point: 50.7283 lat, -2.848 long
End point: 50.7338 lat, -2.8516 long

The farm track leads to a group of National Trust holiday cottages. Turn right at these cottages and follow the farm track through a gate along a lane to the sign post marked Pickaxe Cross. Turn Right along the road toward Langdon Hill 1m.

Pickaxe cross to right turn to Filcombe farm
Pickaxe cross to right turn to Filcombe farm

Start point: 50.7338 lat, -2.8516 long
End point: 50.7348 lat, -2.8415 long

Continue along the road and as the road climbs watch out for the right turn to Filcombe Farm. A concrete roadway.

Filcombe farm to Gulley
Filcombe farm to Gulley

Start point: 50.7329 lat, -2.8402 long
End point: 50.7287 lat, -2.839 long

At Filcombe farm pass through two gates and follow the path with woodland to your right. This leads to a gulley and the start of a slight climb. As you enter the field keep to the left path as it climbs to a ridge.

Gulley to Langdon wood
Gulley to Langdon wood

Start point: 50.7287 lat, -2.839 long
End point: 50.7285 lat, -2.8389 long

Over the brow of the hill watch for the path to the left with a kissing gate and the woods to your left and a hedgerow on the right.

Langdon wood to Main road
Langdon wood to Main road

Start point: 50.7285 lat, -2.8389 long
End point: 50.7262 lat, -2.8234 long

The path from here is well worn with good views to your right and after joining a farm track leading down the hill it will eventually join the road which leads to Seatown.

Main road to End
Main road to End

Start point: 50.7262 lat, -2.8234 long
End point: 50.7226 lat, -2.8228 long

Turn right down hill to return to the car park in Seatown and for well earned refreshments at The Anchor Inn.

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8 Comments for: "Golden Cap"

One of the most fabulous walks I’ve ever done. Thank you; love this app!

By carolynnmarc on 25 Aug 2018

For an overweight 60 year old who is not used to hill walking, this was hard but I was determined to do it for my 60th birthday challenge. We had the most glorious day to do it on and started early to avoid the heat of midday. The views were stunning. A lot of the farm tracks made difficult walking as they were so uneven my walking pole really helped. Hard on the knees going downhill but we stopped many times. It took us about 3 hours but I was very proud to have achieved it. By Sally James

By SallyDJ on 27 Jun 2018

Lovely walk and beautiful views. Steep at times but well worth it. Very muddy in places but we have had a lot of rain. Had to divert from the route at the end as the lane became impassable. Very enjoyable cider at The Anchor, at the end. Would advise getting to the car park early to get a space (unable to park on the grass as too wet).

By Wendyann1962 on 01 Apr 2018

Great walk challenging at times but worth it for the views

By suebart on 25 Feb 2018

Lovely walk, great views. Last mile into Seatown was impassible without wellies, some very large and deep puddles after a few days of heavy rain. Had to make a detour through the neighbouring field but we managed to finish, rejoining the path further down. The Anchor pub is lovely and friendly, great food.

By mrsnevillejo on 23 Oct 2017

As per above. The walk runs into trouble at St Gabriel's/ National Trust cottages. There's no sign to pickaxe cross so we had to find our own way back to Seatown via the markets to Langdon hill car park and then GPS. Shame (June 3, 2017)

ADMIN RESPONSE: Thanks for your comment and your follow up email. We can assure you that the written directions and the GPS map for this popular walk are correct. The GPS map was updated following the previous walk comment. There is no sign pointing to Pickaxe Cross at the cottages, you just turn right and Pickaxe Cross is the name of the next junction. As advised, we recommend you also use the App's live GPS map (which I believe you have now found) to guide you.

By robinldn on 03 Jun 2017

My god this was a hilly walk, not for the faint hearted but absolutely stunning views so totally worth it. As the previous commenter said, the gps map had a hissy fit (I think) at st Gabriel's so we just stayed on the track and continued with the instructions and all was good.

ADMIN RESPONSE: Glad you enjoyed an exhilarating (!) walk. Thanks for letting us know about the GPS plot. You are quite right, there was a stretch of map that the data wasn't displaying correctly. We have corrected this so the GPS map is now correct for this short stretch.

By pob75 on 15 Apr 2017

Great walk, and breathtaking views. Directions and mapping went a little astray around St Gabriels, but managed to get back on track. Distance indications between waypoints would have been helpful

By spinboy on 14 Aug 2014

The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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