Mixed heathland, meadows and woodland

StonebarrowA largely heathland site around the car park at the top of the hill, but with flower-rich meadows and woodland between the car park and the Dorset Coast Path.

Currently undergoing a programme of scrub clearance.

Spectacular coastal views all the way to Chesil Beach and Portland eastwards and to Beer Head and the South Hams westwards on clear days.

Site Details

Charmouth (West Dorset)

Butterfly species include
  • Small Skipper
  • Large Skipper
  • DingySkipper (small numbers)
  • Green Hairstreak
  • Small Copper
  • Common Blue
  • Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary (numbers declining) pictured right
  • Dark Green Fritillary (numbers declining)
  • Silver-washed Fritillary
  • Wall (small numbers)
  • Small Heath
Moth species
  • Common Heath
  • Speckled Yellow
  • Silver Y

Other species

Peregrine Falcons can be seen along the cliff tops at the western end (Cain’s Folly)

Habitat type/ features

Heathland on the Cretaceous sands and cherts capping the higher ground. Wet, flower-rich meadows and woodland on the Jurassic clays of the lower slopes. Undercliffs with bare ground due to continual coastal erosion.

Footpaths around the car park are easy, but there are steep climbs to and from, and along the coast path.


Grid ref: Pay & display car park SY 381 932 (free to National Trust members with appropriate sticker displayed)

From Lyme Regis/Axminster: leave the A35 at the Charmouth roundabout. Drive down right through Charmouth until you cross the River Char by the caravan park. Turn immediately right into Stonebarrrow Lane, a steep single track road. Car park is at the top of the lane with the paypoint near the entrance.

From Bridport/Dorchester: leave the A35 at the first exit to Charmouth at the foot of a long steep hill down from Morcombelake. Follow the straight road for about 500 m and turn sharp left at the first bend into Stonebarrow Lane.

Owned by Part of the National Trust’s Golden Cap Estate.