Boulder Ruckle

Climbs 217 – 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
South West Climbs - Volume 1 (2012), Dorset (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
3SiriusE3 5b *19
4Wild at HeartE4 6a 1
5Punks in PowerE5 6b **2
6The Lean MachineE5 6a ***30
7Surge ControlE5 6b **5
8The Roaring BoysE6 6b * 
9Apex CornerE1 5a, 4c 6
10Charge of the Wild HorsemenE1 5b 2
11Charge of the Light BrigadeE1 5b 2
12High NoonE2 5b 2
13Primrose HillE1 5a 2
 OCEAN BOULEVARD WALL  
15Le Jaune MechaniqueE4 5c *1
16BarracudaE4 5c **32
17Tuna LickE5 6a  
18Ocean BoulevardE3 5b ***148
19Mother AfricaE4 6a ***43
20The Great Hunter House Milk RobberyE4 6a *1
21Wall of the WorldsE5 6a ***49
22The Last Hurrah of the Golden HordeE3 5c 8
23The RampS 4a 23
24The White RabbitVS **2
25The Mad HatterVS 4c *2
26Indian PacificE5 6a ** 
27The First Och Aye of the Tartan ArmyE3 5b *1
28Screaming Blue MessiahE3 6a  
29Queen of CarpE5 6b  
30Old Ghosts (Scare Me Most)E3 6a 2
31JonahVS 4b 11
32Road to RuinE2 5b 1
33In TriplicateHVS 5b 1
34Due Care and AttentionHS 4a 18
35Displacement ActivityE1 5b 2
36HigginsVS 4c 10
37Jericho GrooveHS 4b *159
 AVENTURA AREA  
39Cold ComfortHVS 4c 1
40Cold Comfort VariationVS 4b *1
41VicissitudeVS 4c 4
42Black SunshineHVS 4c *161
43Dark Side of the SunE1 5b, 5a **29
44Nassty SpiderE2 5c *23
45AventuraHVS 4c **219
46Judgement DayE2 5c 4
47Death is a GiftHVS 5a 12
48Bottomless ButtressHS 4b *282
49The Red QueenHVS 4b *2
50The Dead Can't JudgeHVS 4c *3
51AndycapHVS 4b, 4c 2
52TimHS 7
53Silhouette AreteVS 4c **196
54The FinE5 6a **1
55Cima PetiteE4 6a **2
56LukeE1 5b 2
57RhinoHVS 4c,4c 6
58Tomorrow's GriefVS 4c 23
59FetishHVS 5a 3
60MidgeE2 5b 2
61The CorpseE1 5a 1
62MoonrakerVS 5a 4
 RELAX AND SWING AREA  
64Sun StreetsE2 5c **16
65SnowdropE1 5b *24
66St. Elmo's FiréE3 5c **12
67ThunderballHVS 5a ***108
68JoHVS 5a ***170
69ThorHVS 5b *11
70Relax and SwingE5 6a ***2
71Sardine SpecialE5 6b * 
72Jug IndexE4 6b * 
73Future PrimitiveE4 6b * 
74DogwatchE3 5c 2
75Coral SlabsE3 5c 2
76MongooseE3 5b 2
77RainbowVS 4b 3
 THE GRIM REAPER AREA  
79AspVS 4c **23
80EnosVS 4c 2
81Mr PunchE1 4c/5a *2
82Cloud NineHVS *5
83Hard Day's NightHVS 4c 3
84Prayers for RainE3 5c *2
85The Grim ReaperE1 5a *21
86Alas, Poor YorickE4 6a * 
87ScytheE3 5b *3
88Talking to the AngelE4 6a 1
89Razor Blade SmileE5 6c * 
90Blow the House Down (rockfall 2014)E3 5c *1
91Gold FeverE4 5c * 
 BUCCANEER AREA  
93IliumE1 5b 2
94Larus (pre 2008 Rockfall)HS 4b *18
95Larus (reclimbed after 2008 rockfall)E1 5b 4
96Joe 90E5 6a **4
97Flying FinishE2 5b *13
98Alice (flying fish to Buccaneer link up)E2 5b *2
99Billy PiggE1 5b **77
100RattlerE1 5b *26
101Fish SupperE3 5c *9
102SinbadE1 5b **66
103Mickey MouseE3 6a ***22
104BuccaneerE2 5b ***91
105IshmaelE3 5b 1
106CutlassE5 6a * 
107Bosun's WallHVS 5a *16
108Coxwain's RouteVS 4c 2
109SheerlineVS 4c 10
110KittiwakeVS 4b 5
111DiagonalHVS 5a,4c 12
112High Tide and Green GrassVS 5a 7
113No DiagonalHVS 5a *2
114DandruffHVS 4c  
115Smokestack LighteningE1 5b 2
 MARMOLATA AREA  
117Koo-KooE2 5c *6
118RIPHVS 4c 11
119Wide Awake in AmericaE6 6b **1
120Sweet and SourVS 4c 3
121Boatpusher's AreteE4 6a *1
122Finale GrooveHVS 4c ***424
123The Cheshire CatHVS 4c **1
124Rif RafHVS 5a/5b 2
125'B' LineVS 5a 49
126Buzz LightyearHVS 5a **41
127Sweet SAVS 5a *88
128Sea LionHVS 5b, 4b *4
129All Guns BlazingE3 6a *5
130The Heidelberg CreatureVS 4c **244
131The CaterpillarE2 5b **1
132Children of the SunE2 5b *7
133The ToolE2 5b **48
134The Tool ( Bad workmen Finish)E3 5b *2
135Man or MuppetE2 5c *1
136Bert and ErnieE2 5b *5
137Promotion to GloryE3 6a *1
138Tatra DirectE2 5c 8
139Vysoke Tatry (Tatra Direct - new top pitch)E2 5b/c **6
140Tatra (before 2014 rockfall)VS 5a **214
141Tatra (after 2014 rockfall)E1 5b **15
142Marmolata AreteE4 6a *3
143Marmolata ButtressE3 5c **27
144Marmolata CombinationE2 5b **26
145MarmolataE2 5c 7
146The Mock TurtleE2 5b **2
 LIGHTNING WALL AREA  
148Director's GrooveHVS 5a *90
149Director's Groove / Ashes and Diamonds comboVS 4c 5
150FreddyE2 5c 3
151Ashes and DiamondsE1 5b 26
152Windy CityE1 5a 10
153Canned HeatE1 5b 7
154Lightning WallHVS 4c ***383
155Lightning Wall DirectHVS 5a/b ***5
156ElysiumE1 5b ***250
157The Adventures of Portland BillE2 5b **34
158BrisingamenE5 6b *2
159Singing WindsE4 6a **18
160Dune DustE3 6a **18
161Thunder GrooveHVS 5b *97
162GypsyE2 5b ***134
163StrongbowE1 5b **82
164VorticesE2 5c **29
165The MaceE5 6b * 
166AcapulcoE4 6a **10
167StrophanthinHVS 5a 16
168The PlanetE3 5c **10
169White DwarfE2 5c *7
170XimenesE2 5c ***44
171Tiger MothE1 5b 4
172The MutinyE1 5b 1
173GimcrackVS 4b 33
174QuasimodoHVS 5a 2
175Leave It to the BirdsE3 5c 1
176Fury 161E1 5b 1
177VictoriaVS 4c/5a 3
178Winters TaleE3 5c 1
 OLD FAITHFUL AREA  
180October LadyE1 5b *34
181Ice QueenE5 6a **1
182Sun KingE4 6a *5
183JasperHVS 4c *58
184NunentityHVS 5a 5
185Via ConcordiaE2 5b *5
186Big BerthaE2 5c *7
187Old FaithfulVS 4c **198
188Nineteen to the DozenHVS 5a *7
189Baker's DozenVS 4c 22
190Black CrackHVS 5a *10
191ArgoHVS 5a *30
192The Ancient MarinerE2 5b **3
193The Golden FleeceHVS 5a **58
194Moose's ToothE3 6a **6
 BEHEMOTH AREA  
196BehemothHVS 5a ***105
197Soul SacrificeE3 5b ***40
198On Life's EdgeE4 6a * 
199Kingdom ComeE6 6b ** 
200White HorseE1 5b *10
201Dublin PacketHVS 5a/b **7
202Anger is an EnergyE5 6b * 
203PoseidonHVS 4a,5a 4
204HermesVS 4c 6
205SparkyE5 6b * 
206Let the Punka BurnE3 6a *1
207Too PreciousE6 6b ** 
208LaurenceE2 5b *2
209PrudenceHVS 5b **30
210GanymedeE1 5b **15
 AIRY LEGS AREA  
212In the Heat of the NightHVS 5b 1
213CallistoHVS 5b *7
214InsectitudeVS 4c 5
215Airy LegsVS 4c *49
216Nutcracker Exit 2HVS 4c *36
217InsecticideE1 5b *5
218WarriorsE1 5b *15
219WarHVS 5a 22
220IntersectionS 36
221The Long GoodbyeHVS 4c *24
222Seventh WaveVS 5a *18
223Second SightVS 5a 15
224Loony on the LooseE2 5c 1
225The Boulder Ruckle Girdle TraverseE1  
226The Roaring Forties *E2 5b 1
227Jugs in Space *E4 6a 1
228Springbok RouteVS 4c 1
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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