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|Author: blackcoffee, Published: 16 Oct 2012||Walk rating : Rating:|
|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.
|Start to field|
Start point: 50.7226 lat, -2.8225 long
From the car park walk back up the hill a little way and watch out for the sign post
|Field to Left fork|
Start point: 50.7246 lat, -2.8256 long
Cross the stile at the fields edge and continue across the footbridge into the wooded area. The path is very well marked.
|Left fork to Steps / stile|
Start point: 50.7255 lat, -2.8307 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|
Start point: 50.7265 lat, -2.8394 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|
Start point: 50.7258 lat, -2.8432 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|
Start point: 50.7283 lat, -2.848 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|
Start point: 50.7338 lat, -2.8516 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|
Start point: 50.7329 lat, -2.8402 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|
Start point: 50.7287 lat, -2.839 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|
Start point: 50.7285 lat, -2.8389 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|
Start point: 50.7262 lat, -2.8234 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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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|
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.
|By pob75 on 15 Apr 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)
|By robinldn on 03 Jun 2017|
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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