The Golden Cap
The great rocky shoulder of Golden Cap offers magnificent views at every compass point. On a clear day you can see across Lyme Bay to Dartmoor - well worth the effort of the walk uphill.
Stone barrow Hill is a great starting point for 25 miles of footpaths around the Golden Cap estate. An old radar station houses a National Trust information point, shop, toilets and a basecamp.
Descend a steep flight of steps and discover St Gabriel's Beach. This stretch of secluded shingle has become a hunting ground for Jurassic Coast fossils and traces almost 185 million years of the Earth's history.
An all-ability circular trail takes you through the woodlands of Langdon Hill Wood. Rich in wildlife, they are home to large numbers of 'blue' butterfly in summer and many different fungi in autumn.
Finally, high on the cliffs you'll find the ancient Thorncombe beacon. It was one of a series dotted along the English coast as part of an early warning system guarding against foreign invasion.