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Golden Cap

With its summit 191m above sea-level, Golden Cap (SY 407 922) is the highest sea cliff on the south coast of England. The name of the cliff comes from the golden yellow rock covering its summit, a rich yellow sandstone (which actually belongs to the sequence of rocks know as Greensands).

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This gallery follows the route of a short walk taken early in May; starting with a climb up Golden Cap – from the summit of which there are excellent views both west along the coast to beyond Lyme Regis and east to the Isle of Portland. The route then descends the western side of Golden Cap before turning inland around Langdon Hill – from where there are views over Chideock – followed by an ascent onto Thorncombe Beacon. Finally returning to the start point at Seatown – a small cluster of buildings situated inshore from the pebble beach, at the foot of Golden Cap.


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In the top row of pictures:

  • On the cliffs at Seatown, looking westwards towards Golden Cap, Sea Pinks (Armeria maritima) also known as Thrift in the foreground (picture)
  • Seatown and Golden Cap (picture)
  • On the ascent of Golden Cap, a tree sculpted by the prevailing westerly wind (picture)
  • The view northwards from atop Golden Cap, Morecombelake and Lamberts Castle (picture)
  • The view eastwards from Golden Cap, Seatown below, rising to Thorncombe Beacon, the Isle of Portland in the far distance on the right (picture)

In the bottom row of pictures:

  • The view westwards from Golden Cap, Charmouth and the landslip at Black Ven in the distance (picture)
  • Chideock from Langdon Hill (SY 413 929) (picture)
  • Atop Thorncombe Beacon, Golden Cap in the distance (picture)
  • Returning from Thorncombe Beacon, looking eastwards along the coast (picture)
  • Golden Cap from Seatown beach (picture)

Golden Cap and Chideock also feature in the monthly galleries March 2003 and May 2002

Nearby locations that also feature in galleries on this site:

directionMarshwood Vale

directionWest Bay, Bridport

directionLyme Regis

More views of Dorset in May

Other sites on the web

The coastline shown here forms part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site

The Dorset Page:   Chideock – local information and links to further resources on the web

Maps of the area on streetmap.co.uk:   1:50,000 – detail, 1:250,000 – locality and route to get there

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The pictures of Golden Cap in this gallery were captured at high resolution.
This is images of dorset stock photography gallery 098
All photographs copyright © 1998–2003 John Allen

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