Climbs 121 – Rocktype Limestone – Altitude Tidal – 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.

Swanage (2015), 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 nameGrade
2Nutcracker TraverseS *14
3SubnutcrackerS *13
4Subluminal TraverseHVS 5b 6
5Via ChristinaHVS 5a **63
6Dead GoodE5 6b 4
7Greasy ChimneyVD 188
8SuspensionS 4a *379
9WhynotHS 4b *91
10DolphinVS 4b 111
11Curving CrackS 4a *508
12Face LeftVS 4b *14
13FaceS 4a *489
14Face CentralVS 4c *143
15Face AwayVS 4c *133
16TittsworthHVS 5a *66
17Dead Man HuntE1 5b *24
18BaboonHVS 5b *151
19The GrobblerE1 5b *30
20Transcript DirectHVS 5a *188
21ParalysisE2 5c 73
22BalconyHS 4b **840
23GangwayS *837
24JokerVS 5a 95
25JugglerE1 5b *72
26StroofE1 5c **299
27Graunchy GrippersE1 5b *74
28SpreadeagleVS 5a *597
29Back StreetVS 4c *389
30High StreetD *1080
31Station Road VariationE1 6a 9
32Station RoadHS 4b 164
33BypassS *796
34Slip RoadVS 4c *403
35RepublicE2 6a 8
37Thompson's ChimneyHS 4b *171
38Straits of HormuzE3 6a  
39Botany BayVS 4c *178
40Battleship BowHVS 4c *37
41Double ChockstoneHVD *348
42SkinheadHVS 5a 71
43Bird's NestS 4a 232
44PuffinVS 5a *139
45The Indirect RouteE1 5b 12
46First CornerS 4b **598
47PhilatusE3 5c **145
48Poetry in MotionE3 6a *63
49Second CornerS 4a **691
50FredaVS 5a ***623
51Grandma's GrooveE2 5c **120
52Grandpa's GropeVS 4c *136
53Pedestal CrackD 309
54InterludeHS 4a 3
55Pedestal FaceVS 4b *90
56Pedestal ChimneyVD 188
58StyxS 23
59CerberusS 4a 12
60StrenuosityHVS 4c 4
61Graduation DayE2 5c *7
62The Ferryman WaitsE3 6a 2
63AvernusS 4a ***275
64CrepitusHVS 4c 2
65Rainy Day, Dream AwayE2 5c 2
66Chance EncounterE4 6a  
67All the ShakespearoesE3 5c *6
68The Great Rock 'n' Dole SwindleE3 6a * 
69Tangerine DreamE1 5b *7
70A Subtle Shade of EmptinessE5 6b ** 
71Close to the SunE4 6b * 
72Gentle TouchHVS 4c 2
73VaselineVS 5a 3
75Grooved AreteVS 4b 15
76Deaf Boy HugE3 5c * 
77Sweet SixteenE5 6a *1
78The PeccaryE2 5b **45
79AstridHVS 5a **136
80Morbid OrbitE2 5b 1
81MelpomeneE4 5c ***13
82MarsE2 5b ***76
83TritonE3 5c 1
84AchelousE5 6a * 
85IoVS 5a *20
86Last Great InnocentE5 6b * 
88Mellow YellowVS 4c **102
89Catch the WindE3 5c 2
90Ray of SunshineE2 5c **36
91Magic MountainE5 6a *2
92Magic MushroomE4 6a **3
93Fraggle RockHVS 5a **41
94Live at the Witch TrialsE2 5b *16
95Hard Nose the HighwayHVS 5a *34
96Harvest GoldHVS 4c *47
97Yellow Brick RoadVS 5a *35
98Shakin' Off the GhostsHVS 5a 4
99ZoeVS 5a 14
100RoutHVS 5b 10
101Surface HippyVS 4c *6
102Under ToadS 4a 9
103Stone DoubtVD 3
104Mother DuckHVS 5a 2
105Drop in the OceanHVS 4c *4
106HeathcliffeE1 5b 1
107Withering HeightsE1 5b 6
108No Great ShakesVS 4c 4
109Accidents Never HappenVS 4c 3
110Dreamboat AnnieVS 4c 4
111Scotsman ChimneyVD 5
112Rhodesian's RetreatVD 4
113UDIS 2
115ZANUS 3
116Traverse of the GodsHVS 5a ***25
118Stir Crazy6a+ S1 *8
119The Puzzle6c+ S1 *4
120Bathtubb6b S2 *5
121Bird's Nest Arete5c S0 *11
122Sweet Surrender6b S0 **11
123White Flag5c S1 *8
124Gid's Landing5a S2 *11
125The Scotty Dog Traverse6a+ S1 *15
126LizzieHVS 5a 2
127Babes in ToylandHVS 5a 1
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