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Golden Cap Estate, Charmouth

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Golden Cap is a hill and cliff situated on the English Channel coast between Bridport and Charmouth in Dorset, England. The cliffs are the highest point on the south coast of Great Britain. The name derives from the distinctive outcropping of golden greensand rock present at the very top of the cliff.The hill is owned by the National Trust and forms part of the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site. The Jurassic Coast is 155km in length, running from Orcombe Point near Exmouth, in the west, to Old Harry Rocks on the Isle of Purbeck, in the east . The coastal exposures along the coastline provide a continuous sequence of Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous rock formations spanning approximately 185 million years of the Earth's history. The Jurassic Coast contains a large range of important fossil sites.Golden Cap stands at and is visible for tens of miles along the coastline. The hill is accessible via a coastal footpath from Seatown, and takes around 40 minutes to reach the summit. Behind the cliff is Langdon Wood, a small wood of mainly Corsican Pine, planted in the 1950s, whose trees originate from a nearby copse known as "Eleanor's Clump". Langdon is owned by the National Trust, and encompasses a circular walk of approximately one mile.
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  • we saw the sun set which made the Golden Cap more golden. It was spectacular! the walk up to the summit is long and steep but the views at the top are amazing and worth the effort.  more »
  • My partner and I parked in Seatown (car park costs £4, all day - closes early evening at the time of writing - March 2017). The walk to the top of Golden Cap took us around 45 minutes, with a few stop...  more »
  • Very pleasant walk from the Pub in Seatown to the top of the Cap which takes about 30 minutes at an easy pace. Has steepish sections but nothing difficult. We met a couple in their 70s doing it and I ...  more »