Seatown, Chideock and Golden Cap

From the shingle and fossil lined beach at Seatown make your way inland to discover the medieval Chideock Castle earthworks, marked with a cross to celebrate the martyrs. Follow a route that echos the coast of Great Britain on to Dorset’s most famous Holloway of Hells Lane. Hidden almost underground it would have been filled with scuttling smugglers, laden with contraband. Pass the Manor that replaced the castle, once the home of the Duke and Duchess of York. Climb the steep hill to Golden Cap, the highest point on the south coast. All with views that rarely disappoint, stretching out to sea, from the Isle of Portland to Torquay in Devon, down to the valley to the lost village and ruined chapel of St Gabriel, and inland to ancient hillforts.

Distance: 5 miles/ 8 km (can be cut shorter using different tracks, see map)

Time: 2 hours

Total climb: 630ft.

Max height 620ft.

Min height: 0ft.

Terrain: Track, path, field and Road.

Exertion: Medium – Big climb to Golden Cap

Start: Seatown carpark a short walk from the beach, providing easy access for visitors of all ages. (Postcode: DT6 6JU, Grid Reference: SY420917, What Three Words: earful.unearthly.collects)

Map: OS Explorer 116 Lyme Regis and Bridport

How to get there: From Bridport, take the A35 westwards. On entering the village of Chideock, take the right hand lane, signposted for Seatown. The Car Park is at the end of the road.

Dogs: On leads where livestock is present and in accordance with any notices on the walk and The Countryside Code.

Refreshments: The award winning Anchor Inn Pub, known for its seafood caught locally.

Neighbouring walks: Stanton St Gabriel, Morcombelake, Symondbury, Colmer’s Hill and Eype.

The Anchor Inn and Golden Cap

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