Enjoy spectacular views from the Golden Cap – highest point on Britain’s southern coastline; the name comes from the warm yellow sandstone that caps the top of the cliff.
From this lofty location at 191m (627ft) the views stretch out along the Jurassic Coast – to the east along Chesil Beach to the tip of Portland Bill and to the west you can see round the bay past Charmouth and Lyme Regis to Start Point; inland you can see Pilsdon Pen.
From Langdon Hill National Trust Car Park head south on a level track along the side of Langdon Hill with views east over Chideock. At the southern end fork left and follow the signed path down through the tree. Continue through a couple of fields and then follow the South West Coast Path (SWCP) via some steps up to the top of Golden Cap (Trig Point).
Head west still following the SWCP as it zig-zags steeply down to a gate. Here fork right (north-westwards) down across the field (the SWCP forks left heading west) to reach the ruins of St Gabriel’s Chapel.
Follow the track to some thatched cottages that are all that’s left of the village of Stanton St Gabriel and shortly turn right along a path, soon passing St Gabriel’s Wood following a stream.; keeping right at a path junction on the way.
Continue through a field up to Filcombe Farm, cross the track and continue straight on through the next field.
At the top edge go through a gate and continue through the trees heading north and then continue along the level track round the northern edge of Langdon hill back to the car park.