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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.

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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 **54
5Dead GoodE5 6b 4
6Greasy ChimneyVD 163
7SuspensionS 4a *340
8WhynotHS 4b 72
9DolphinVS 4b 103
10Curving CrackS 4a *449
11Face LeftVS 4b *13
12FaceS 4a *438
13Face CentralVS 4c *118
14Face AwayVS 4c *115
15TittsworthHVS 5a *51
16Dead Man HuntE1 5b 16
17BaboonVS 5a *134
18The GrobblerE1 5b 28
19Transcript DirectVS 5a *173
20ParalysisE2 5c 64
21BalconyHS 4b **723
22GangwayS *723
23JokerVS 4c 67
24JugglerE1 5b *59
25StroofE1 5c **261
26Graunchy GrippersE1 5b 65
27SpreadeagleVS 5a *521
28Back StreetVS 4c *352
29High StreetD *958
30Station Road VariationE1 6a 8
31Station RoadHS 4b 134
32BypassS *708
33Slip RoadVS 4c *366
34RepublicE2 6a 8
35Thompson's ChimneyHS 4b *156
36Straits of HormuzE3 6a  
37Botany BayVS 4c *160
38Battleship BowVS 4b 33
39Double ChockstoneHVD *304
40SkinheadVS 5a 63
41Bird's NestS 4a 204
42PuffinVS 5a *123
43The Indirect RouteE1 5b 12
44First CornerS 4b **509
45PhilatusE3 5c **120
46Poetry in MotionE3 6a *55
47Second CornerS 4a **580
48FredaVS 5a ***534
49Grandma's GrooveE2 5c **95
50Grandpa's GropeVS 4c *117
51Pedestal CrackD 270
52Pedestal FaceVS 4b *83
53Pedestal ChimneyVD 160
54StyxS 20
55CerberusS 4a 12
56StrenuosityHVS 4b 3
57Graduation DayE2 5c *5
58The Ferryman WaitsE3 6a 2
59AvernusS 4a ***236
60CrepitusHVS 4c 2
61Rainy Day, Dream AwayE2 5c 2
 Climb nameGradex
62Chance EncounterE4 6a  
63All the ShakespearoesE2 5c *6
64The Great Rock 'n' Dole SwindleE3 6a * 
65Tangerine DreamHVS 5b *7
66A Subtle Shade of EmptinessE5 6b ** 
67Close to the SunE4 6b * 
68Gentle TouchHVS 4c 2
69VaselineVS 5a 3
71Grooved AreteVS 4b 13
72Deaf Boy HugE3 5c * 
73Sweet SixteenE5 6a *1
74The PeccaryE2 5b **41
75AstridHVS 5a **122
76Morbid OrbitE2 5b 1
77MelpomeneE4 5c **11
78MarsE2 5b ***66
79TritonE3 5c 1
80AchelousE5 6a * 
81IoVS 5a *19
82Last Great InnocentE5 6b * 
84Mellow YellowVS 4c *91
85Catch the WindE3 5c 2
86Ray of SunshineE2 5c **29
87Magic MountainE4 6a **2
88Magic MushroomE4 6a *3
89Fraggle RockHVS 5a **34
90Live at the Witch TrialsE1 5b 16
91Hard Nose the HighwayHVS 5a *30
92Harvest GoldVS 4c 41
93Yellow Brick RoadVS 5a *31
94Shakin' Off the GhostsHVS 5a 4
95ZoeVS 5a *14
96RoutVS 4c 5
97Under ToadS 4a 7
98Stone DoubtVD 3
99Mother DuckHVS 5a 2
100Drop in the OceanHVS 4c *4
101HeathcliffeE1 5b 1
102Withering HeightsE1 5b 5
103No Great ShakesVS 4c 2
104Accidents Never HappenVS 4c 3
105Dreamboat AnnieVS 4c 4
106Rhodesian's RetreatVD 4
108ZANUS 3
109Traverse of the GodsHVS 5a ***20
110Stir Crazy6a+ *8
111The Puzzle6c+ *4
112Bathtubb6b *4
113Bird's Nest Arete5+ *9
114Sweet Surrender6b **9
115White Flag5+ *8
116Gid's Landing5 *9
117The Scotty Dog Traverse6a+ *10
118Interlude *HS 4a 2
119Scotsman Chimney *VD 3
120UDI *S 2
121Surface Hippy *VS 4c *3
* Climbs listed in red are waiting to be checked by a crag moderator, and may not be accurate.
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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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