Morcombelake to Charmouth

Looking east from Charmouth

This is a great short walk to undertake if you are staying in Charmouth. Simply hop on the X53 coast bus towards Bridport and alight at Morcombelake.

  • Start Location: Latitude: 50.740964N Longitude: 2.844418W
  • Map: Ordnance Survey Explorer 116 (ISBN 0-319-23536-X) Scale: 1:25 000
  • Grid Reference: SY407938
  • Walk Distance: Less than 6km (Allow two hours; more if fossil hunting)
  • Rating: Moderate (Golden Cap is a steep climb)
  • When to Go: Late April/Early May (for the Bluebells in Langdon Wood); Otherwise any summers day


The steps down to the beach

Morcombelake is easily reached using the X53 bus service that runs between Exeter and Weymouth.

Alight the bus at the stop adjacent to Moore’s biscuit factory on the main road. Follow the track behind the factory through the fields across towards Langdon Wood. You can then pick up the circular track in an anticlockwise direction around the Woods before picking joining the track signposted for Golden Cap. Enjoy the breathtaking views from Golden Cap before following the path down the Western side of Golden Cap and continue down to St Gabriel’s Mouth. After crossing the path take the ‘permissive’ path down to the beach. Take care on this path when it is wet as the steps are both steep and slippery. You can then walk west along the pebble beach to Charmouth. Always check the tides as it may not be possible to walk along the beach on a high tide or after a cliff fall.  This is a great stretch of beach for fossil hunting although care should be taken near the Cliffs as landslides and mud flows are common.

Things to do

Golden Cap is a popular destination for picnics and Sunday afternoon strolls.

Fossil hunting

Part of the Jurassic Coast this beach is famous worldwide for its fossils and geological importance. Ammonites can be commonly found on the beach. Further information can be found at the Charmouth Heritage Centre.


The resident wildlife includes Birds of Prey, Deer and plenty of rabbits.


There are Geocaches located at Langdon Wood and Golden Cap. You will need a GPS and to log on to the geocaching website for the clues and location.


You can get some great photographs in Langdon Wood of the  Bluebells in late April and Early May. Golden Cap boasts excellent views along the coast and you are often rewarded with mists in the morning and moody skies and beautiful sunsets in the evening. There are excellent opportunities to take beautiful pictures of  golden Cap from Charmouth Beach.

Other places to visit nearby

Langdon Wood and Golden Cap can also easily be accessed from Seatown or Chardown Hill. The towns of Charmouth and Bridport are only a short bus ride in either direction along the A35.

Other walks include:



Jurassic coast photographs