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Climbs 120 – Rocktype Limestone – Altitude 19m a.s.l – Faces S

Crag features
Subluminal is the place everybody heads to for a first taste of Swanage steepness. The main reason for its popularity is the good selection of solid, short and amenably graded routes. Access is quick and there is a good ledge system running beneath the climbs that is well clear of the waves giving the place a friendly atmosphere. It lies just west of the lighthouse and the Black Zawn beneath open grass slopes. There is a clean-cut ledge above the climbs for gearing up and socialising, along with plentiful stakes for belays. Many of the climbs offer technical and fingery exercises as well as some bulging test-pieces in the Avernus Area.

Access notes
Walk down the tarmac road from Durlston Car Park. From the lighthouse, a track leads diagonally right (looking out) down the grass slope to cliff-top ledges situated 100m west of the Black Zawn. It is only a 10 minute walk from the car park and all the climbs are approached by a short abseil from stakes above. The best abseil line is down High Street which also doubles as a good escape route.

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Dorset (2012), South West Climbs - Volume 1 (2012), West Country Climbs (2010), Deep Water (2007), Dorset Route Database (2000), Swanage and Portland (1995),
Out of print: Dorset 2005 - Fax19 (2005), Dorset 2000 - Fax11 (2000)

Climbs at this crag

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 Climb nameGradex
1Nutcracker TraverseS *14
2SubnutcrackerS *13
3Subluminal TraverseHVS 5b 6
4Via ChristinaHVS 5a **58
5Dead GoodE5 6b 4
6Greasy ChimneyVD 180
7SuspensionS 4a *361
8WhynotHS 4b *85
9DolphinVS 4b 108
10Curving CrackS 4a *478
11Face LeftVS 4b *13
12FaceS 4a *460
13Face CentralVS 4c *130
14Face AwayVS 4c *122
15TittsworthHVS 5a *58
16Dead Man HuntE1 5b 15
17BaboonHVS 5b *141
18The GrobblerE1 5b *29
19Transcript DirectHVS 5a *180
20ParalysisE2 5c 66
21BalconyHS 4b **775
22GangwayS 4a *772
23JokerVS 5a 78
24JugglerE1 5b *62
25StroofE1 5c **282
26Graunchy GrippersE1 5b *68
27SpreadeagleVS 5a *546
28Back StreetVS 4c *360
29High StreetD *1004
30Station Road VariationE1 6a 8
31Station RoadHS 4b 146
32BypassS 4b *745
33Slip RoadVS 4c *381
34RepublicE2 6a 8
35Thompson's ChimneyHS 4b *165
36Straits of HormuzE3 6a  
37Botany BayVS 4c *166
38Battleship BowHVS 4c *34
39Double ChockstoneHVD *323
40SkinheadHVS 5a 67
41Bird's NestS 4a 214
42PuffinVS 5a *131
43The Indirect RouteE1 5b 12
44First CornerS 4b **548
45PhilatusE3 5c **138
46Poetry in MotionE3 6a *59
47Second CornerS 4a **640
48FredaVS 5a ***580
49Grandma's GrooveE2 5c **107
50Grandpa's GropeVS 4c *126
51Pedestal CrackD 288
52InterludeHS 4a 2
53Pedestal FaceVS 4b *87
54Pedestal ChimneyVD 180
55StyxS 21
56CerberusS 4a 12
57StrenuosityHVS 4c 3
58Graduation DayE2 5c *7
59The Ferryman WaitsE3 6a 2
60AvernusS 4a ***252
61CrepitusHVS 4c 2
 Climb nameGradex
62Rainy Day, Dream AwayE2 5c 2
63Chance EncounterE4 6a  
64All the ShakespearoesE3 5c *6
65The Great Rock 'n' Dole SwindleE3 6a * 
66Tangerine DreamE1 5b *7
67A Subtle Shade of EmptinessE5 6b ** 
68Close to the SunE4 6b * 
69Gentle TouchHVS 4c 2
70VaselineVS 5a 3
72Grooved AreteVS 4b 13
73Deaf Boy HugE3 5c * 
74Sweet SixteenE5 6a *1
75The PeccaryE2 5b **45
76AstridHVS 5a **129
77Morbid OrbitE2 5b 1
78MelpomeneE4 5c **13
79MarsE2 5b ***73
80TritonE3 5c 1
81AchelousE5 6a * 
82IoVS 5a *19
83Last Great InnocentE5 6b * 
85Mellow YellowVS 4c **98
86Catch the WindE3 5c 2
87Ray of SunshineE2 5c **33
88Magic MountainE4 6a **2
89Magic MushroomE5 6a *3
90Fraggle RockHVS 5a **38
91Live at the Witch TrialsE2 5b *16
92Hard Nose the HighwayHVS 5a *33
93Harvest GoldHVS 4c 46
94Yellow Brick RoadVS 5a *34
95Shakin' Off the GhostsHVS 5a 4
96ZoeVS 5a 14
97RoutHVS 5b 5
98Surface HippyVS 4c *3
99Under ToadS 4a 9
100Stone DoubtVD 3
101Mother DuckHVS 5a 2
102Drop in the OceanHVS 4c *4
103HeathcliffeE1 5b 1
104Withering HeightsE1 5b 6
105No Great ShakesVS 4c 4
106Accidents Never HappenVS 4c 3
107Dreamboat AnnieVS 4c 4
108Scotsman ChimneyVD 5
109Rhodesian's RetreatVD 4
110UDIS 2
112ZANUS 3
113Traverse of the GodsHVS 5a ***24
114Stir Crazy6a+ *8
115The Puzzle6c+ *4
116Bathtubb6b *5
117Bird's Nest Arete5c *11
118Sweet Surrender6b **11
119White Flag5c *8
120Gid's Landing5a *11
121The Scotty Dog Traverse6a+ *14
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