Highest Point of South Coast - Golden Cap
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Golden Cap stands at 191 metres (627 ft) and lies between Bridport and Charmouth in Dorset. Visible for tens of miles along the coastline, the name of the cliffs derives from the distinctive outcropping of golden greensand rock present at the very top of the cliff. The hill is owned by the National Trust and forms part of the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site. Erosion of the coastline below reveals rock formations spanning approximately 185 million years of the Earth's history and a large range of important fossil sites. Our 9 mile route passes over the superb viewpoints of Thorncombe Beacon and Golden Cap. This is a candidate for the most spectacular part of the entire SWPCP (South West Peninsula Coast Path).
What to bring
## Water: bring at least two litres
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Day rucksack: typically 20-30 litres, they are comfortable to wear and allow you to use your arms freely
Boots: trainers are OK if the ground is dry and there’s little chance of rain Mud is unlikely in June but is can get slippery in places.
Gaiters: Not needed
Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: ideally no jeans as they become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
## Waterproof jacket: essential in case the weather turns nasty. Most of the route is very exposed and there is no easy escape / alternative route
## Hat or cap: Sun hat definitely recommended
## Sunglasses: Essential. None of the route is in the shade
## Sun cream: UV exposure can be very high on the coast
Snacks: bring biscuits, energy bars, gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit for example and put them somewhere easy to get hold of
Lunch: bring a packed lunch
Food & drink
Bring Packed Lunch and plenty of water.