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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 **56
5Dead GoodE5 6b 4
6Greasy ChimneyVD 176
7SuspensionS 4a *353
8WhynotHS 4b *82
9DolphinVS 4b 107
10Curving CrackS 4a *473
11Face LeftVS 4b *13
12FaceS 4a *457
13Face CentralVS 4c *127
14Face AwayVS 4c *120
15TittsworthHVS 5a *55
16Dead Man HuntE1 5b 15
17BaboonHVS 5b *138
18The GrobblerE1 5b *28
19Transcript DirectHVS 5a *178
20ParalysisE2 5c 64
21BalconyHS 4b **753
22GangwayS 4a *754
23JokerVS 5a 73
24JugglerE1 5b *60
25StroofE1 5c **271
26Graunchy GrippersE1 5b *67
27SpreadeagleVS 5a *542
28Back StreetVS 4c *356
29High StreetD *991
30Station Road VariationE1 6a 8
31Station RoadHS 4b 141
32BypassS 4b *730
33Slip RoadVS 4c *377
34RepublicE2 6a 8
35Thompson's ChimneyHS 4b *162
36Straits of HormuzE3 6a  
37Botany BayVS 4c *162
38Battleship BowHVS 4c *33
39Double ChockstoneHVD *315
40SkinheadHVS 5a 66
41Bird's NestS 4a 208
42PuffinVS 5a *126
43The Indirect RouteE1 5b 12
44First CornerS 4b **525
45PhilatusE3 5c **130
46Poetry in MotionE3 6a *57
47Second CornerS 4a **610
48FredaVS 5a ***559
49Grandma's GrooveE2 5c **100
50Grandpa's GropeVS 4c *121
51Pedestal CrackD 281
52InterludeHS 4a 2
53Pedestal FaceVS 4b *85
54Pedestal ChimneyVD 174
55StyxS 20
56CerberusS 4a 12
57StrenuosityHVS 4c 3
58Graduation DayE2 5c *5
59The Ferryman WaitsE3 6a 2
60AvernusS 4a ***238
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 **44
76AstridHVS 5a **127
77Morbid OrbitE2 5b 1
78MelpomeneE4 5c **13
79MarsE2 5b ***72
80TritonE3 5c 1
81AchelousE5 6a * 
82IoVS 5a *19
83Last Great InnocentE5 6b * 
85Mellow YellowVS 4c **95
86Catch the WindE3 5c 2
87Ray of SunshineE2 5c **29
88Magic MountainE4 6a **2
89Magic MushroomE5 6a *3
90Fraggle RockHVS 5a **36
91Live at the Witch TrialsE2 5b *16
92Hard Nose the HighwayHVS 5a *31
93Harvest GoldHVS 4c 44
94Yellow Brick RoadVS 5a *32
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 5
105No Great ShakesVS 4c 2
106Accidents Never HappenVS 4c 3
107Dreamboat AnnieVS 4c 4
108Scotsman ChimneyVD 3
109Rhodesian's RetreatVD 4
110UDIS 2
112ZANUS 3
113Traverse of the GodsHVS 5a ***23
114Stir Crazy6a+ *8
115The Puzzle6c+ *4
116Bathtubb6b *5
117Bird's Nest Arete5c *10
118Sweet Surrender6b **10
119White Flag5c *8
120Gid's Landing5a *10
121The Scotty Dog Traverse6a+ *13
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