Rockfax Description
6b, S1. Memorable. A fine climb in a very atmospheric position. Start by traversing in along the break to a niche just before the cave. Continue up past another corner and across slabs until stopped by a wall. Go round the rib and bridge out and up the chimney. Keep bridging, then pull out left and up to finish. © Rockfax

FA. Richard Crewe 7.9.69. FFA. Frank Farrell 9.79. First soloed by Nick Buckley 26.6.83 07/Sep/1969

Ticklists: Littlejohn South West Climbs, West Country Climbs, Hard water, CLIMB Mag's Top 100 routes in Britain, Ultimate E2 ticklist, SW Climbs - Swanage, Dorset weekender.

bencoope 07/May DWS O/S
Mr Boulder ??/2016 DWS O/S
burto 30/Aug/15 DWS O/S
with ferdia, hertha
NDD 29/Aug/15 DWS
with Team
James Oakes 29/Aug/15 DWS O/S
Hidden 29/Aug/15 DWS rpt
Paul Phillips - UKC and UKH 29/Aug/15 DWS rpt
Mike_Hayes 29/Aug/15 DWS O/S
with Big Team
Wood for Trees 29/Aug/15 DWS dnf

fell in this year, very funny

Gus 29/Aug/15 DWS
Mr Sparkle 29/Aug/15 DWS dnf

Got past the crux and ran out of chalk and strength!

Ram MkiV 29/Aug/15 DWS rpt
dswansonlow 29/Aug/15 DWS RP
HaleAlex 11/Aug/15 DWS β

Amazing, almost fell at the second Chimney but then found the jugs and managed to bridge

Hidden 07/Aug/15 Solo
will black 23/Jul/15 DWS rpt

took two goes to get round the techy corner, really fun route certainly deserves 3 stars!

DorsetGareth 04/Jul/15 DWS RP

Tried this about a decade ago. Slipped off on the wet holds first try today, then sent it second go. Brilliant.

Caspian Johnson 04/Jul/15 DWS β

One of my all time favourite climbing experiences!

with brices
Albachoss 04/Jul/15 DWS dnf

Surprise foot pop to belly flop!

feilx 04/Jul/15 DWS rpt
dswansonlow 04/Jul/15 DWS rpt
with Alex Banks
ollie_e 16/Jun/15 DWS β

Greasy! But good fun.

with Charlie
Chubbard 16/Jun/15 DWS rpt

Super greasy. Still v good.

with Ollie
Mark Chevassut 16/Jun/15 DWS rpt
AaronBosley 10/Jun/15 Solo β
Cheese Monkey 21/Sep/14 Solo rpt
with Charlie, Rich R
Stuart Johnston 21/Sep/14 Solo O/S

Coming around the arÍte is easily droppable.

adam 24 21/Sep/14 Solo dnf

Kept barn dooring off the arete :(

Hidden 13/Sep/14 DWS O/S
Stanners 03/Sep/14 Solo O/S

Wanted this in my logbook for ages! So pleased to have got it first time. Truly incredible deepwater solo !!! only thing I bottled was the jump off the top!

with Lads with the boat!, Andy G
KamilJ 24/Aug/14 Solo dnf

Felt on bridge

markalmack 24/Aug/14 Solo O/S
with gwen, james marjot
Hidden 23/Aug/14 Solo rpt
NDD 23/Aug/14 Solo β
with sam harvie
alexjz 23/Aug/14 Solo O/S

wicked climb in the Conga line! about 6/7 people on the route, awesome and loads of fun!

J.Wells 23/Aug/14 DWS β
with lots
Dan 85 23/Aug/14 Solo β
Albachoss 23/Aug/14 Solo rpt
Rachel Slater 23/Aug/14 Solo β

Hard 5c for imps on the crux!

Duncan Campbell 23/Aug/14 Solo β

Tricky move out and around the arete. Very good.

with Rach
Adam Booth 23/Aug/14 Solo O/S
Gus 23/Aug/14 Solo
with chris barr, bob hickish
Llinos C 23/Aug/14 Solo O/S
with Cailean Harker, Gav Simmons, Simon Brice
highrepute 23/Aug/14 Solo
Wood for Trees 23/Aug/14 Solo β

shiny slab

with Andre Heckler et al
BenNorman 23/Aug/14 Solo O/S

Ace route

morganator 23/Aug/14 Solo rpt

Polished but classic

with Dan Arkle
Ahab 23/Aug/14 Solo O/S
James Oswald 23/Aug/14 Solo O/S

Slippy, tough crux which required pulling hard on a crap pocket. Tough for 6b?

Laramadness 04/Aug/14 Solo β
hervenuttall ?/Aug/14 Solo O/S
with calum
theotherpetehill 27/Jul/14 Solo O/S
with Ross McKerchar
quiffhanger 27/Jul/14 Solo rpt
with Peter Hill, Matt
brian watson 26/Jul/14 Solo dnf
Sophie Nunn 20/Jul/14 Solo dnf
BenL 20/Jul/14 Solo RP
with Sarp
Coops_13 12/Jul/14 DWS dnf

So slimy

paultaylor 25/Jun/14 Solo
Hidden 21/Jun/14 Solo rpt
AlexD 21/Jun/14 Solo

Still hard!!

with Sue
Alex More 16/Apr/14 Solo
funsized 13/Apr/14 Solo

As good as ever

with Ian
Angus12345 ??/2014 Solo β
mileshill540 ??/2014 DWS
Monkey_Alan 05/Sep/13 Solo dnf

Got to the crux, tried it several times but could not commit. Reversed the route and escaped up Troubled Waters.

Hidden 01/Sep/13 Solo O/S
Alex More ?/Sep/13 Solo
KDhruev 27/Aug/13 Solo β
kieranrex 25/Aug/13 -

DWS send train. CHOO CHOO!

with Boosh Crew
luke384 25/Aug/13 Solo β

Send trainage!

with Boosh crew
spidey 25/Aug/13 Solo β
with mark reily, mat lamb, luke clarke, luke owens
feilx 07/Aug/13 Solo rpt
with Andy L
quiffhanger 27/Jul/13 Solo rpt

With my Brother - his second ever DWS.

Kopinski 24/Jul/13 Solo O/S
Tom Livingstone 24/Jul/13 Solo rpt
Mrframpton 24/Jul/13 Solo dnf
jonleighton 21/Jul/13 Solo rpt
shark 20/Jul/13 Solo
with Sonia + family
Perryman 20/Jul/13 Solo
with Paolita
Luxulyan 20/Jul/13 Solo rpt
with Tom Murrell
Cheese Monkey 18/Jul/13 Solo O/S

If I could give one route 4 stars it would be this one. Loved it

Hidden 16/Jul/13 Solo rpt
Hidden 14/Jul/13 Solo
nathanlee 13/Jul/13 Solo β

Techy around the arete, then a glory finish.

with DWS Crew
Boy 13/Jul/13 Solo O/S
with Emlyn James, Nathan Lee, Rhys Crabtree, Kim Tompson
BenNorman 11/Jul/13 Solo RP

2nd go, got spooked on the first. Real techy climbing and intricate sequences, great route.

brices 11/Jul/13 DWS rpt
Hidden 09/Jul/13 Solo rpt
Luxulyan 06/Jul/13 Solo O/S
with Martin, Sophie
Jeronimo 06/Jul/13 Solo
Gus 02/Jun/13 Solo
with simon "the horse" wilson
Hidden 02/Jun/13 DWS β
katiep 01/Jun/13 Solo dnf

I fell off at the crux, I will be back!

Sophie Nunn 01/Jun/13 Solo rpt
Stroppy 01/Jun/13 Solo O/S
quiffhanger 01/Jun/13 Lead rpt
Albachoss 01/Jun/13 Solo β

Again and again, brilliant fun!

with Ben
mc fifi 01/Jun/13 Solo dnf
owb106 01/Jun/13 Solo β

Finally killed the Conger gremlin!!

nimajneb 01/Jun/13 Solo
jacobjlloyd 30/May/13 -
Hidden 03/May/13 Solo rpt
feeko ??/2013 -
Rupey 22/Sep/12 Solo dnf
with alan
Dan_Carroll 20/Sep/12 Solo O/S
Bristoldave 15/Sep/12 Solo O/S
with LukeW
London Luke 15/Sep/12 Solo
with David R
brices 08/Sep/12 DWS O/S

fun harder than i thought it would be

with Luke Hodson, Jack
lukeh 08/Sep/12 Solo β


with simon brice, jack folkes
Tom Livingstone 08/Sep/12 Solo β
Patrick Hill 07/Sep/12 Solo O/S
with Mark Chevassut, olly12344
oliver.ghill91 07/Sep/12 Solo O/S
Hidden 06/Sep/12 Solo O/S
Sophie Nunn 06/Sep/12 Solo rpt
AlexD 06/Sep/12 Solo O/S

Even better than the hype! Crux was harder than i was expecting but the reward is a jugtastic chimney. Amazing positions! Hopefully the first of many ascents.

with james
dan gibson 06/Sep/12 Solo rpt
with alex mason
gibsond 06/Sep/12 Solo O/S

Every bit as good as its reputation.

Alex Mason 05/Sep/12 Solo O/S


with Dan Gibson
quiffhanger 01/Sep/12 -

Very memorable coaching Niklas up it. He got mega pumped and slapped his way through the final chimney. Very good effort & very entertaining.

with Dan
Alex the Alex ?/Sep/12 Solo dnf
jacobjacob 19/Aug/12 Solo rpt

Kindov horrible, this is a million miles harder than freeborn man!

quiffhanger 18/Aug/12 Solo rpt

Real shame Jacob stayed on despite my best attempts to get the holds wet and give him bad beta.

with Jacob
Alex More 09/Aug/12 Solo
Alex Norman 26/Jul/12 Solo β

Amazing route, jumped off the top!

BeccaSnowden 26/Jul/12 Solo RP


Jake Young 26/Jul/12 Solo O/S
quiffhanger 04/Jun/12 Solo rpt

Another high-tide ascent: def makes the start the crux ~f6c to traverse in without using the ledge.

mwatson ?/Jun/12 Solo O/S
paultaylor 22/May/12 Solo O/S
will moy 22/May/12 Solo RP
with paul taylor
Mark Warnett ?/May/12 Solo β

to finish a brilliant hot Swanage day. harder than i remembered

feilx 28/Jan/12 Solo rpt
kateb-oxf 15/Oct/11 Solo β
nickevens 02/Oct/11 Solo β
Hidden 02/Oct/11 Solo β
marcb 02/Oct/11 Solo β

Thanks Ben for the beta! Possibly the best DWS I have done.

with Ben Corbey
Alex More 01/Oct/11 Solo rpt

DWS in October!

with Joel
rustaldo 01/Oct/11 Solo RP

sweet route. so easy when you knows hows..

quiffhanger 01/Oct/11 Solo rpt

Did at high tide - the first crux was the traverse in to avoid getting wet boots! 2nd crux was jumping off the top afterwards.

Hidden 01/Oct/11 Solo rpt
Ed Westwood 02/Sep/11 Solo dnf
tim newton 28/Aug/11 DWS O/S
willbatho 19/Aug/11 Solo O/S
Hidden 19/Aug/11 Solo O/S
Hidden 15/Aug/11 Solo β
jacobjlloyd 06/Aug/11 Solo rpt
with Joe Kinsella, Jon Leighton, Harry Martin
jonleighton 06/Aug/11 Solo β
Hidden 03/Aug/11 Solo O/S
alaan 01/Aug/11 Solo O/S
Hidden 01/Aug/11 Solo O/S
AJM 31/Jul/11 Solo β

Freaked out at the start chimney and shook like a shitting dog to the top - need to convince myself it isn't just soloing!

Stone Muppet 31/Jul/11 Solo O/S

Amazing - some kind of altered state of consciousness flowing up the ladder of jugs after the crux!

Hidden 30/Jul/11 Solo O/S
Tophe 30/Jul/11 Solo rpt
madasten 10/Jul/11 Solo dnf

Came off the crux as the rock was still greasy from yesterday's ferocious waves. I'm definitely going back though...

with Miquel
sarpedon 02/Jul/11 Solo rpt
Hidden 02/Jul/11 Solo dnf
Matt Smith 01/Jul/11 DWS dnf

Thought I was doing pretty well up until the arete then swang of it as I was going up it. Gutted! Definetly another day though.

feilx 26/Jun/11 Solo rpt
loz901 26/Jun/11 Solo O/S
Mr Tickle 04/Jun/11 Solo O/S

Been waiting to do this for a while and it lived up to expectations

with davenev
Amy Horton 04/Jun/11 Solo dnf
funsized 04/Jun/11 Solo rpt
dswansonlow 04/Jun/11 Solo rpt
dswansonlow 03/Jun/11 Solo O/S
feilx 26/May/11 Solo rpt
Sophie Nunn 25/May/11 Solo rpt
funsized 25/May/11 Solo β
sarpedon 25/May/11 Solo β

Beta courtesy of Felix Coxwell.

John Tanner 25/May/11 Solo β
La Mont 21/May/11 -
feilx 18/May/11 Solo rpt
jacobjlloyd 01/May/11 Solo O/S

Amazing. As good as everyone says it is. As good as it looks. If you haven't done this yet, do it now!

with All by myself.
feilx 09/Apr/11 Solo rpt
rustaldo 26/Mar/11 Solo dnf

my first DWS.. going great up till the crux.. where i spent almost 2hrs going back and forth trying to figure out the moves.. i could conceive of the move, but i couldnt find any holds.. eventually got wet as i tried to reverse..

Hidden ??/2011 -
Gambit 25/Sep/10 Solo O/S

was a little surprised no swimming involved!

with James
Mowglee 18/Sep/10 Solo dnf

Such a weak puntering wuss

SiW 18/Sep/10 Solo
with And
Sophie Nunn 31/Aug/10 Solo
brian watson 31/Aug/10 Solo
ellis 28/Aug/10 Solo rpt
pawelx 28/Aug/10 Solo O/S

easy Fr 6b

jelaby 28/Aug/10 Solo β
morganator 28/Aug/10 Solo O/S
with Tom Bridgeland, Blonde Tom, Andy Benson
Mike Goldthorp 16/Aug/10 Solo O/S

Magnificent! Superb rock (which makes a nice change from the rest of swanage) and wicked technical moves, and never felt too high above the water. F6b

jacobjacob 08/Aug/10 Solo O/S
felixthelion 08/Aug/10 Solo β
slav ?/Aug/10 Solo O/S
littleluke ?/Aug/10 Solo O/S
quiffhanger ?/Aug/10 Solo O/S
ThomasB ?/Aug/10 DWS O/S
JulesV 25/Jul/10 Solo
Chubbard 24/Jul/10 Solo rpt
with Harvey
Ally Baba 08/Jul/10 Solo β

Such an amazing route.

with Tony Stone, Mcgeek
mgeek ?/Jul/10 Solo O/S
with ally swinton, Tony Stone
al99 27/Jun/10 DWS O/S
nutcracker 26/Jun/10 Solo

2nd go, Blew onsight after crux. Awesome.

Laurence Everitt 22/Jun/10 DWS O/S
Lawrence Bird 22/Jun/10 Solo
feilx 12/Jun/10 Solo rpt
gnc760 05/Jun/10 Solo rpt
with James Kay
Hidden 05/Jun/10 Solo rpt
Jane Weir ??/2010 Solo O/S
rosh3000 17/Oct/09 Solo β

gr8 climb never again

dprctr 17/Oct/09 Solo dnf
Hidden 10/Oct/09 Solo dnf
tobydunford 27/Sep/09 Solo O/S
Hidden 26/Sep/09 Solo O/S
brian watson 13/Sep/09 Solo rpt
adam coxsell 06/Sep/09 Solo dnf
gnc760 06/Sep/09 Solo rpt

Flipped off after the chimney. Overcooked it and took a nasty faceplant. Wicked wicked route.

Dale Comley ?/Sep/09 Solo β

totaly awesome!

with sash coombes
Rob Laird 31/Aug/09 DWS dnf

Fell off while resting (foot slipped), then run out of time to try again. Next time!

pelvoux 31/Aug/09 Solo O/S
dan gibson 31/Aug/09 Solo rpt
with AJ, michael porter
liamoloughlin 29/Aug/09 Solo O/S

Very good

Hidden 23/Aug/09 Solo rpt
sparkass 22/Aug/09 Solo O/S
Bern 08/Aug/09 Solo
thomb ?/Aug/09 Solo rpt
with Pete
Jus 04/Jul/09 Solo rpt
Fran S8 20/Jun/09 Solo β
trev_f 04/Jun/09 Solo O/S
gnc760 03/Jun/09 Solo O/S
Hidden 12/Apr/09 Solo rpt
Ed Babs 30/Aug/08 DWS G/U
Hidden 23/Aug/08 Solo O/S
dan gibson 23/Aug/08 Solo rpt
Dhonny_Jaws 23/Aug/08 Solo β


adrianjenner 01/Aug/08 Solo RP
Bern 27/Jul/08 Solo rpt
Hidden 26/Jul/08 DWS β
Hidden 17/Jun/08 Solo O/S
feilx 08/Jun/08 Solo rpt
Hidden 03/May/08 Solo rpt
Hidden 14/Sep/07 Solo rpt
Castleclimber 01/Sep/07 Solo β
with Justin
Hidden 01/Sep/07 Solo RP
Jus ?/Sep/07 Solo
Ram MkiV 24/Aug/07 Solo O/S
with Dan
cmsg 12/Aug/07 Solo dnf

Jumped off the crux. Boo. Next time.

Hidden 11/Aug/07 Solo
Tim Steward 10/Aug/07 Solo O/S
sgl0jd ?/Aug/07 Solo
Hidden ?/Aug/07 Solo rpt
btc 19/Jul/07 Solo dnf
with keith daly
Brown 16/Jul/07 Solo O/S
with Alex
AJ007 10/Jun/07 DWS G/U

Briliant. Third time Lucky.

dan gibson 10/Jun/07 Solo rpt
Somerset swede basher 09/Jun/07 Solo O/S
with George, Linus and Kine
Hidden 09/Jun/07 Solo dnf
Hidden 09/Jun/07 Solo β
Martin Krasnansky 10/May/07 Solo O/S
chrisbevins ??/2007 Solo O/S
Hidden ??/2007 Solo O/S
Hidden ??/2007 Solo O/S
Hidden ??/2007 Solo dnf
Hidden ??/2007 Solo O/S
theloringharvey ??/2007 Solo O/S
dan gibson 14/Oct/06 Solo O/S

the first of many times since. Always great fun.

Hidden 15/Sep/06 Solo
Hidden 10/Sep/06 Solo
Andrew Barker ?/Sep/06 Solo β
with Dave Pattinson, Mike McClean
Hidden 26/Aug/06 Solo
Hidden 08/Aug/06 Solo O/S
phsharpy 08/Aug/06 Solo O/S
with Alex, Paz, Bethan
bronsonite 08/Aug/06 Solo O/S
Hidden 08/Aug/06 Solo RP
nathanmanc 08/Aug/06 Solo β
derico ?/Aug/06 Solo O/S

Then Jumped off the top!

with Andy
Hidden ?/Aug/06 Solo O/S
dannyboy83 ?/Aug/06 Solo O/S
whispering nic 26/Jul/06 Solo O/S
Dave Kerr 26/Jul/06 Solo
Hidden 26/Jul/06 Solo O/S
philhilo ?/Jul/06 Solo O/S
Hidden ?/Jul/06 Solo dnf
beanfingers 24/Jun/06 Solo O/S

first climb of that day - was soaking wet when i got on it but still incredible with the massive bridging

with felix
bfreeman ?/Jun/06 Solo O/S
Jus ?/May/06 Solo rpt
Bern ??/2006 Solo O/S
feeko ??/2006 -
Neil Adams ??/2006 Solo O/S
XamaX ??/2006 Solo dnf

No Joy...

with Anita Gaskins/Marnix
Bargate_Champ 26/Aug/05 DWS O/S
Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe 20/Aug/05 Solo rpt
Hidden 20/Aug/05 Solo rpt
Pythonist 20/Aug/05 Solo O/S
Paul Phillips - UKC and UKH 20/Aug/05 DWS
Owen W-G 07/Aug/05 Solo O/S

...and once a summer thereafter. Still not got the cohones for FBM though.

with Max
bigie bob ?/Aug/05 Solo O/S
Mark Riley ?/Aug/05 Solo β
Bux ?/Aug/05 Solo
Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing ?/Jun/05 Solo O/S
feilx ??/2005 -
Smelly Fox 08/Aug/04 DWS G/U

Deep water solo.

Will Gordon ?/Aug/04 Solo O/S
Richard Horn ?/Jun/04 Solo RP
Boxy 27/Sep/03 Solo β
bigphil 09/Aug/03 Solo O/S

DWS Fest 2003

spidey 09/Aug/03 Solo
Hidden 02/Aug/03 Solo
Dave Musgrove Jnr ?/Aug/03 Solo O/S
tuftynick ?/Aug/03 Solo O/S
with Aide Jebb
simon kimber ?/Jul/03 Solo O/S
Hidden ?/Jul/03 Solo
Hidden ??/2003 -
Hidden 01/Sep/02 Solo O/S
Hidden 26/Jul/02 Solo O/S
Hidden ?/Jun/02 Solo
pezzerrr 27/Aug/01 Solo O/S
Hidden ??/2001 Solo RP
Hidden ??/2001 Solo O/S
MoWalker3 01/Jan/00 Solo
with Joe
Marti999 ??/2000 Solo
Tim M ??/2000 Lead O/S
r0b 26/Jul/99 Solo O/S
Hidden 25/Jul/99 Solo O/S
Roget 26/Jul/98 Lead O/S
with jon
CrashMat Rob 24/May/98 Solo dnf

controlled jump off half way up

with Nicky
Just Another Dave ??/1997 DWS O/S
Nigel Coe ??/1996 Solo β

With Steve Taylor following, telling me what to do!

kp64zl ?/Sep/95 Solo
Cowflinger ?/Jun/95 Solo O/S

Day trip with Jenkins and Brad, complete with jump off top

Hidden ?/Nov/94 2nd
steve taylor ?/May/90 Solo O/S

First DWS, liked it so much I wrote a guide.

steve taylor ?/May/90 Solo
with Joff Cook
Nigel Coe 26/Jun/83 2nd dog
with Tim Dunsby
Chris Terrey ?/May/81 2nd
with Mike Morrison
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