Cattle Troughs

Climbs 95 – Rocktype Limestone – Altitude Tidal – Faces S

Crag features

Two contrasting walls near a couple of rock amphitheatres. One is a great beginners area the other has some steep hard routes. Escape is easy and routes mostly start from a non-tidal ledge. Abseil approach.

Approach notes

From Durlston Car Park follow the road towards the lighthouse then turn west (right - looking out) along the coast path. Continue along here and 150m beyond the 4th stone wall from the lighthouse (the western limit of Durlston Country park) the cliff-top path dips into a small valley above a slabby cove. Cross the fence here at a small stile. This is Amphitheatre Ledge. For the Isis and Hangover Areas either follow an exposed narrow path along the cliff-top, contouring right (looking out). Pass several belay stakes until you come to a large gearing-up ledge after 200m (just beyond another large amphitheatre known as the Lecture Theatre). Alternatively continue along the main coast path, cross a stile and follow a steep path leading down through nettle beds, and past a tall post, to the cliff-top gearing up ledge.

Additional details - July 2010: There appears to have been some land slippage a couple of feet in length half way along the narrow cliff top path, it was still passable but very suspect. Probably now best to take the alternative approach path mentioned above and make your own assessment of the situation from there.

Guidebooks
South West Climbs - Volume 1 (2012), Dorset (2012), 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
 UNKNOWN LEDGE  
2HazhardHVS 5a  
3Blast SuburbiaE1  
4Fuel My Fire (de-bolted 2013)8a+ **1
5Jesus and Mary ChainE3 6a **5
6The God SlotHVS 5a **10
7NoddyVS 4c 4
8Squeeze ChimneyHS 4b 5
9Doppler ShiftHVS 5a 1
10Joe Joe's RouteHVS 5a 1
11SwingtimeHVS 4c 3
12Swingtime DirectE2 6a 1
13DamsonHVS 5a **16
14Unknown Ledge TraverseS 4a *5
 FLAKE LEDGE  
16The Coral PrisonVS 4b *43
17PoofHS 4a 46
18Hell's TeethHVS 5a *27
19MoonstoneE1 5b *18
20MyriotissaE1 5b 3
21Aguas VerdesE1 5b *5
22GloveVD 41
23GrottleVD *105
24ClovVD 39
25P.U.M.HS 4a 2
26Mary RoseVS 4b 32
27LobsterHVS 5b *17
28ThermidorE2 5b 4
29ChalkfreeE1 5b  
30EavesdropperHVS 5b 1
31Make Like a BirdHVS 5a 3
32Wessex HangoverVS 4c **45
 THE JUMBLE  
34Wessex WayHS 4b 10
35Curving CornerD 27
36MutationVD 8
37Blow Hole RouteD 18
38TemptationVD 16
39Vee-ChimneyS 27
40FingerripHVS 5c 9
41FingertipVS 5a 21
42Crazy FingersE1 6a 1
43CheatE2 6a 1
44SynergyE3 5c  
45The Beastly StepVD 14
 HANGOVER AREA  
47Form a QueueVS 4c 25
48The Beastly TraverseVD 25
49Scrambler's WallVD 7
50InspirationS 4a 497
51Lost In TranslationVS 4c *21
52ConsolationS 4a 431
53ChockneyVD 4a *691
54The ChimneyVD *378
55The Chimney (Direct Finish)S 4a 171
56HangoverVS 5a **320
57ResurrectionHS 4b *429
58PerfectionS 4a 207
59Old Lag's CornerVS 4c *266
60Bunneys wall lefthandHVS 5b *5
61Bunney's WallVS 5a *437
 ISIS AREA  
63Fallen Block ClimbVD *273
64Pulpit RouteD **349
65IomaVS 4c 6
66KariateE1 5b *2
67Pearly GateHVS 5a 89
68Eskimo NellE1 5b **127
69TenuicollisE1 5a *10
70IsisVS 4c **264
71TekneequeE1 5b 3
72ArchangelE3 6a 6
73PeacemakerE1 5b *45
74HobbitVS 4b 6
75Only ThisbigHVS 5b 6
76ThisbeS 4b 19
77FrisbeeVS 4c 6
78Midsummer CrackHS 4c 12
79TinaHS 4a 8
80PyramusS 3
81Little Red Watering CanHS 4a 2
 AMPHITHEATRE LEDGE  
83ValentinoVD 2
84VarinaHS 4a 14
85Follow The WayE1 5b 5
86Come-on Head Do Your StuffE1 5b *5
87Uncry These TearsE2 5c *11
88SolitudeVS 4b 6
89Atomic Road HeroE5 6b * 
90Theory of EverythingE5 6b **5
91ZoolookologieE5 6a **9
92ShelobHVS 4c 1
93In a Big SkyE2 5c 5
94Land of the LeaningE2 5b *4
95World in ActionE5 6b **1
96Arapiles SyndromeE3 5b *3
97Mr. RuckleE1 5a *9
98PogorE1 5b 3
99GastonVS 4b 1
100DragonE1 5a 1
101Old Father ClymeHVS 4c 2
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