Boulder Ruckle

Climbs 219 – Rocktype Limestone – Altitude 22m a.s.l – Faces S

Crag features
A good selection of routes in the VS to HVS range as well as a few harder challenges. Committing abseil approach and difficult escape typical of the Ruckle. Mostly non-tidal.

Access notes
No climbing on parts of the crag, 1 Mar-31 Jul due to nesting birds.

Walk down the tarmac road from Durlston Car Park then head west (right - looking out) along the coast path. A cliff-top track runs below this and the abseil stakes are found near this lower path. The first area arrived at takes a 10 minute walk and the furthest area takes 20 minutes. 14 fence posts after the first stone wall passed on the Coast Path, a small path leads straight down to a large tubular ‘Old Faithful’ abseil stake (with back up). This is 200m from the lighthouse and leads to a larged fin-backed boulder.
Read more... Regional Access notes are available from the BMC.

Guidebooks
Swanage (2015), Dorset (2012), South West Climbs - Volume 1 (2012), West Country Climbs (2010), Dorset Route Database (2000),
Out of print: Dorset 2005 - Fax19 (2005), Dorset 2000 - Fax11 (2000)

Climbs at this crag

Sort climbs
 Climb nameGrade
 LEAN MACHINE WALL  
2Paradise StreetS 4b *4
3The Roaring FortiesE2 5b 3
4SiriusE3 5b *20
5Wild at HeartE4 6a 1
6Punks in PowerE5 6b **3
7The Lean MachineE5 6a ***33
8Surge ControlE5 6b ***5
9The Roaring BoysE6 6b * 
10Apex CornerE1 5a, 4c 7
11Charge of the Wild HorsemenE1 5b 2
12Charge of the Light BrigadeE1 5b 2
13High NoonE2 5b 2
14Primrose HillE1 5a 2
15Jugs in SpaceE4 6a 1
 OCEAN BOULEVARD WALL  
17Le Jaune MechaniqueE4 5c *3
18BarracudaE4 5c ***40
19Tuna LickE5 6a * 
20Ocean BoulevardE3 5b ***167
21Mother AfricaE4 6a ***49
22The Great Hunter House Milk RobberyE5 6a *2
23Wall of the WorldsE5 6a ***57
24The Last Hurrah of the Golden HordeE3 5c 8
25The RampS 4a 24
26The White RabbitVS **3
27The Mad HatterVS 4c *3
28Indian PacificE5 6a ** 
29The First Och Aye of the Tartan ArmyE3 5b *2
30Screaming Blue MessiahE3 6a  
31Queen of CarpE5 6b  
32Old Ghosts (Scare Me Most)E3 6a 2
33JonahVS 4b 11
34Road to RuinE2 5b 1
35In TriplicateHVS 5b 1
36Due Care and AttentionHS 4a 20
37Displacement ActivityE1 5b 3
38HigginsVS 4c 13
39Jericho GrooveHS 4b *168
 AVENTURA AREA  
41Cold ComfortHVS 4c 1
42Cold Comfort VariationVS 4b *1
43VicissitudeVS 4c 4
44Black SunshineHVS 4c **172
45Dark Side of the SunE1 5b **33
46Springbok RouteVS 4c 1
47Nassty SpiderE2 5c *24
48AventuraHVS 4c **238
49Judgement DayE2 5c 4
50Death is a GiftHVS 5a 12
51Bottomless ButtressHS 4b *296
52The Red QueenHVS 4b *3
53The Dead Can't JudgeHVS 4c *3
54AndycapHVS 4b, 4c 2
55TimHS 7
56Silhouette AreteVS 4c **207
57The FinE5 6a **1
58Cima PetiteE4 6a **2
59LukeE1 5b 2
60RhinoHVS 4c,4c 7
61Tomorrow's GriefVS 4c 23
62FetishHVS 5a 3
63MidgeE2 5b 2
64The CorpseE1 5a 1
65MoonrakerVS 5a 4
 RELAX AND SWING AREA  
67Sun StreetsE2 5b *17
68SnowdropE1 5b *27
69St. Elmo's FiréE3 5c **12
70ThunderballE1 5b ***116
71JoHVS 5a ***178
72ThorHVS 5b *13
73Relax and SwingE5 6a ***2
74Sardine SpecialE5 6b * 
75Jug IndexE4 6b * 
76Future PrimitiveE4 6b * 
77DogwatchE3 5c 2
78Coral SlabsE3 5c 2
79MongooseE3 5b 2
80RainbowVS 4b 3
 THE GRIM REAPER AREA  
82AspVS 4c **23
83EnosVS 4c 2
84Mr PunchE1 4c/5a *2
85Cloud NineHVS *5
86Hard Day's NightHVS 4c 3
87Prayers for RainE3 5c *3
88The Grim ReaperE1 5a *24
89Alas, Poor YorickE4 6a * 
90ScytheE3 5b *3
91Talking to the AngelE4 6a 1
92Razor Blade SmileE5 6c * 
93Blow the House Down (rockfall 2014)E3 5c *1
94Gold FeverE4 5c * 
 BUCCANEER AREA  
96IliumE1 5b 2
97 Larus (pre 2008 Rockfall)E1 5b 18
98Larus (reclimbed after 2008 rockfall)E1 5b 4
99Joe 90E5 6a **4
100Flying FinishE2 5b *14
101Alice (flying fish to Buccaneer link up)E2 5b *2
102Billy PiggE1 5b **91
103RattlerE1 5b *29
104Fish SupperE3 5c *10
105SinbadE1 5b **75
106Mickey MouseE3 6a ***28
107BuccaneerE2 5b ***98
108IshmaelE3 5b 1
109CutlassE5 6a * 
110Bosun's WallHVS 5a *16
111Coxwain's RouteVS 4c 2
112SheerlineVS 4c 10
113KittiwakeVS 4b 5
114DiagonalHVS 5a,4c 13
115High Tide and Green GrassVS 5a 11
116No DiagonalHVS 5a *2
117DandruffHVS 4c  
118Smokestack LighteningE1 5b 2
 MARMOLATA AREA  
120Koo-KooE2 5c *6
121RIPHVS 4c 11
122Wide Awake in AmericaE6 6b **1
123Sweet and SourVS 4c 4
124Boatpusher's AreteE5 6a *1
125Finale GrooveHVS 4c ***467
126The Cheshire CatHVS 4c **3
127Rif RafHVS 5a/5b 2
128'B' LineVS 5a **59
129Buzz LightyearHVS 5a **58
130Sweet SAVS 5a **95
131Sea LionHVS 5b, 4b *4
132All Guns BlazingE3 6a *7
133The Heidelberg CreatureVS 4c **259
134The CaterpillarE2 5b **1
135Children of the SunE2 5b **10
136The ToolE2 5b **56
137The Tool ( Bad workmen Finish)E3 5b 2
138Man or MuppetE2 5c *1
139Bert and ErnieE2 5b **5
140Promotion to GloryE3 6a *1
141Tatra DirectE2 5c 8
142Vysoke Tatry (Tatra Direct - new top pitch)E2 5b/c **7
143 Tatra (before 2014 rockfall)VS 5a ***217
144Tatra (after 2014 rockfall)E1 5b **22
145Marmolata AreteE4 6a *4
146Marmolata ButtressE3 5c **29
147Marmolata CombinationE1 5b *29
148MarmolataE2 5c 7
149The Mock TurtleE2 5b **2
 LIGHTNING WALL AREA  
151Director's GrooveHVS 5a *98
152Director's Groove / Ashes and Diamonds comboVS 4c 8
153FreddyE2 5c 3
154Ashes and DiamondsE1 5b 29
155Windy CityE1 5a 11
156Canned HeatE1 5b 7
157Lightning WallHVS 5a ***422
158Lightning Wall DirectHVS 5a/b ***7
159ElysiumE1 5b ***276
160The Adventures of Portland BillE2 5b **35
161BrisingamenE5 6b *2
162Singing WindsE4 6a **19
163Dune DustE4 6a **18
164Thunder GrooveHVS 5b **105
165GypsyE2 5b ***148
166StrongbowE1 5b **84
167VorticesE2 5c **31
168The MaceE5 6b * 
169AcapulcoE4 6a **10
170StrophanthinHVS 5a 16
171The PlanetE3 5c **10
172White DwarfE2 5c *7
173XimenesE2 5c ***52
174Tiger MothE1 5b 5
175The MutinyE1 5b 1
176GimcrackVS 4b *33
177QuasimodoHVS 5a 2
178Leave It to the BirdsE3 5c 1
179Fury 161E1 5b 1
180VictoriaVS 4c/5a 3
181Winters TaleE3 5c 1
 OLD FAITHFUL AREA  
183October LadyE1 5b **37
184Ice QueenE5 6a **1
185Sun KingE4 6a *6
186JasperHVS 4c *60
187NunentityHVS 5a 5
188Via ConcordiaE2 5b *5
189Big BerthaE2 5c *7
190Old FaithfulVS 4c **205
191Nineteen to the DozenHVS 5a *7
192Baker's DozenVS 4c *22
193Black CrackHVS 5a *11
194ArgoHVS 5a **31
195The Ancient MarinerE2 5b **4
196The Golden FleeceHVS 5a **60
197Moose's ToothE3 6a **7
 BEHEMOTH AREA  
199BehemothHVS 5a ***108
200Soul SacrificeE3 5b ***40
201On Life's EdgeE4 6a * 
202Kingdom ComeE6 6b ** 
203White HorseE2 5b *11
204Dublin PacketHVS 5b **8
205Anger is an EnergyE5 6b * 
206PoseidonHVS 4a,5a 4
207HermesVS 4c 6
208SparkyE5 6b * 
209Let the Punka BurnE3 6a *2
210Too PreciousE6 6b ** 
211LaurenceE2 5b *2
212PrudenceHVS 5b **31
213GanymedeE1 5b **15
 AIRY LEGS AREA  
215In the Heat of the NightE1 5c *1
216CallistoHVS 5b *7
217InsectitudeVS 4c *5
218Airy LegsVS 4c **49
219Nutcracker Exit 2HVS 4c **36
220InsecticideE2 5b **5
221WarriorsE1 5b *15
222WarHVS 5b *24
223IntersectionS *39
224The Long GoodbyeHVS 4c **24
225Seventh WaveVS 5a *19
226Second SightVS 5a *17
227Loony on the LooseE2 5c 1
228The Boulder Ruckle Girdle TraverseE1  
229Ben and Andy go in search of choss *HVS 4c 1
* Climbs listed in red are waiting to be checked by a crag moderator, and may not be accurate.
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USER FEEDBACKLogin as Existing User to add your comments
There is a combo for almost every route in the ruckle, Please put them in the route notes, as I feel there is no need to clutter the page with hundreds of link ups. Thank you Marti
Marti999 - 01/Mar/15
in all likelyhood t-shirt weather
uncontrollable - 08/Dec/12
does anyone know what, this place is like in January?
konna - 14/Jan/12
Do NOT rely on Larus as an escape route, or a route for that matter. Easiest solid route in Boulder Ruckle Central is now E1. The rockfall appears to extend close to the break and belay half way up. May affect routes immediately left of Larus (only in CC guide) as well.
IainAM - 31/Aug/09
I meant Larus HS
lmarenzi - 07/May/08
Abbed in off Marmolata Buttress on May 2nd. Either my eyesight is going or what used to be Jason HS is now mostly part of the boulders in the sea.
lmarenzi - 05/May/08