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.

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

Sort climbs
  Climb nameGrade
2Nutcracker TraverseS *
3SubnutcrackerS *
4Subluminal TraverseHVS 5b
5Via ChristinaHVS 5a **
6Dead GoodE5 6b
7Greasy ChimneyVD
8SuspensionS 4a *
9WhynotHS 4b *
10DolphinVS 4b
11Curving CrackS 4a *
12Face LeftVS 4b *
13FaceS 4a *
14Face CentralVS 4c *
15Face AwayVS 4c *
16TittsworthHVS 5a *
17Dead Man HuntE1 5b
18BaboonHVS 5b *
19The GrobblerE1 5b *
20Transcript DirectHVS 5a *
21ParalysisE2 5c
22BalconyHS 4b **
23GangwayS 4a *
24JokerVS 5a
25JugglerE1 5b *
26StroofE1 5c **
27Graunchy GrippersE1 5b *
28SpreadeagleVS 5a *
29Back StreetVS 4c *
30High StreetD *
31Station Road VariationE1 6a
32Station RoadHS 4b
33BypassS 4b *
34Slip RoadVS 4c *
35RepublicE2 6a
37Thompson's ChimneyHS 4b *
38Straits of HormuzE3 6a
39Botany BayVS 4c *
40Battleship BowHVS 4c *
41Double ChockstoneHVD *
42SkinheadHVS 5a
43Bird's NestS 4a
44PuffinVS 5a *
45The Indirect RouteE1 5b
46First CornerS 4b **
47PhilatusE3 5c **
48Poetry in MotionE3 6a *
49Second CornerS 4a **
50FredaVS 5a ***
51Grandma's GrooveE2 5c **
52Grandpa's GropeVS 4c *
53Pedestal CrackD
54InterludeHS 4a
55Pedestal FaceVS 4b *
56Pedestal ChimneyVD
59CerberusS 4a
60StrenuosityHVS 4c
61Graduation DayE2 5c *
62The Ferryman WaitsE3 6a
63AvernusS 4a ***
64CrepitusHVS 4c
65Rainy Day, Dream AwayE2 5c
66Chance EncounterE4 6a
67All the ShakespearoesE3 5c *
68The Great Rock 'n' Dole SwindleE3 6a *
69Tangerine DreamE1 5b *
70A Subtle Shade of EmptinessE5 6b **
71Close to the SunE4 6b *
72Gentle TouchHVS 4c
73VaselineVS 5a
75Grooved AreteVS 4b
76Deaf Boy HugE3 5c *
77Sweet SixteenE5 6a *
78The PeccaryE2 5b **
79AstridHVS 5a **
80Morbid OrbitE2 5b
81MelpomeneE4 5c **
82MarsE2 5b ***
83TritonE3 5c
84AchelousE5 6a *
85IoVS 5a *
86Last Great InnocentE5 6b *
88Mellow YellowVS 4c **
89Catch the WindE3 5c
90Ray of SunshineE2 5c **
91Magic MountainE4 6a **
92Magic MushroomE5 6a *
93Fraggle RockHVS 5a **
94Live at the Witch TrialsE2 5b *
95Hard Nose the HighwayHVS 5a *
96Harvest GoldHVS 4c
97Yellow Brick RoadVS 5a *
98Shakin' Off the GhostsHVS 5a
99ZoeVS 5a
100RoutHVS 5b
101Surface HippyVS 4c *
102Under ToadS 4a
103Stone DoubtVD
104Mother DuckHVS 5a
105Drop in the OceanHVS 4c *
106HeathcliffeE1 5b
107Withering HeightsE1 5b
108No Great ShakesVS 4c
109Accidents Never HappenVS 4c
110Dreamboat AnnieVS 4c
111Scotsman ChimneyVD
112Rhodesian's RetreatVD
116Traverse of the GodsHVS 5a ***
118Stir Crazy6a+ *
119The Puzzle6c+ *
120Bathtubb6b *
121Bird's Nest Arete5c *
122Sweet Surrender6b **
123White Flag5c *
124Gid's Landing5a *
125The Scotty Dog Traverse6a+ *
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