Walk To The Highest Point On The South Coast Of England

Along the southwest of England lies the Jurassic coast, primarily named due to the large number of fossils found there.

My great-uncle happens to own a caravan site right alongside the Jurassic coast in Charmouth.  Ever since I was very little, we as a family, have been going there and there is always something new to do within western Dorset and eastern Devon.

Seadown Holiday Park

My favourite place to go along the Jurassic coast is up Golden Cap, named due to the limestone which is visible from afar that looks a little golden, which happens to be the highest point on the English south coast.  Up there you can look right out into the English channel and even see dolphins, whale and porpoises (although I haven’t seen anything).  There are ravens and the odd peregrine falcon that can be seen around.

It’s quite high up and the south of England is so flat

I walk to golden cap from Charmouth which starts with quite an arduous hill.  However once up the hill, it is a simple but incredibly scenic route to golden cap.  The wildlife along the walk is also quite astounding.  I often see a family of buzzards when I do the walk and there is a little hill that if you walk up, you can look down upon them.  Kestrels, peregrines and sparrowhawks are also sometimes spotted on the way to golden cap.

Another bird that is common in this part of the Jurassic coast is the stonechat, in which the male bird is unmistakable with his black head and white collar.

Female Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)
Common Blue butterfly (Polyommatus icarus)
A Bloody-nosed Beetle (Timarcha tenebricosa) disturb it and you’ll see how it got its name
You may have to walk past cows, I was a little uneasy to be so close
Found a chicken on the way
A large Golden-ringed Dragonfly (Cordulegaster boltonii)
An Essex Skipper (Thymelicus lineola)
A male Stonechat (Saxicola rubicola)
The more drab but equally as brilliant female Stonechat


Published by Alex

I'm Alex from the south of England. I have always been fascinated with the natural world & I am currently studying zoology at Reading University

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