Walk - Thorncombe Beacon & Doghouse Hill
4.3 miles (7.0 km)
Eype Mouth Eype Mouth
Moderate - Paths and lanes with a lot of ascent and descent. Please note that the coastline here is always on the move as the sea continually erodes the cliffs, causing the occasional landslide. For your own safety, please follow the waymarkers along the South West Coast Path, obeying any diversion signs that might be in place.
A rollercoaster route from Eype Mouth to Seatown, returning on inland paths. West Dorset's oldest human settlement was on Doghouse Hill, with a good lookout over the sea, and Thorncombe Beacon was one of the chain of beacon sites along the south coast used to warn of the approach of the Spanish Armada in 1588, with terrific coastal views of its own. The beach at Eype Mouth is popular with fossil-hunters, and the pub at Seatown was the haunt of the infamous smugglers of the nineteenth-century 'Chideock Gang'.