After going to the LeROC Axminster NYE party, Manda had to work on the 2nd Jan, so I took the opportunity to get out and about and decided to walk up Golden Cap.
I have to confess to carrying quite a few extra pounds after Christmas, and so I opted for the Cheats Route. If you want to climb Golden Cap and don’t have the time or stamina to walk from Seatown, then you should park at the Langdon Hill Car Park, which I think costs 40p per hour, and walk south along the Gravel Track. The footpath to Golden Cap is obvious and is much less strenuous than climbing up from further along the coast.
From Golden Cap, I’d recommend that you head west towards the ruined church in the secluded valley of Stanton St Gabriel. This secluded little contains a large thatched farmhouse called St Gabriel’s House, now split into a number of holiday cottages named after trees and called Ash, Beech, Elm and Oak Cottage and can be booked through National Trust Cottages., and the pretty whitewashed and thatched St Gabriel’s Cottage.
From Stanton St Gabriel you can walk back towards Langdon Hill without having to climb Golden Cap again and take a leisurely stroll around Langdon Wood and back to the car park.
From Langdon Wood, I headed to Charmouth for lunch, then back to West Bay via Whitchurch Canonicorum.