Climbs 95
Rocktype Limestone

Faces S

south coast winter © tscoobydoo

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, which do get washed in rough seas. Abseil approach or scranble down.

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.

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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 Unknown Ledge 
HVS 5a  
3Blast Suburbia
4Fuel My Fire (de-bolted 2013)8a+ **1
5Jesus and Mary ChainE3 6a **5
6The God SlotHVS 5a **10
VS 4c 4
8Squeeze ChimneyHS 4b 5
9Doppler Shift
HVS 5a 1
10Joe Joe's RouteHVS 5a 1
HVS 4c 3
12Swingtime Direct
E2 6a 1
13DamsonHVS 5a **16
14Unknown Ledge TraverseS 4a *5
 Flake Ledge 
16The Coral PrisonVS 4b *54
HS 4a 50
18Hell's TeethHVS 5a *31
19MoonstoneE1 5b *21
E1 5b 3
21Aguas VerdesE1 5b *6
VD 43
23GrottleVD *124
VD 44
25P.U.M.HS 4a 5
26Mary Rose
VS 4b 36
27LobsterHVS 5b *22
28ThermidorE2 5b 4
29ChalkfreeE1 5b  
HVS 5b 1
31Make Like a Bird
HVS 5a 3
32Wessex HangoverVS 4c **60
 The Jumble 
34Wessex WayHS 4b 14
35Curving Corner
D 32
VD 11
37Blow Hole Route
D 19
VD 21
S 36
HVS 5c 9
VS 5a 26
42Crazy Fingers
E1 6a 1
E2 6a 1
E3 5c  
45The Beastly Step
VD 14
 Hangover Area 
47Form a Queue
VS 4c 38
48The Beastly TraverseVD 27
49Scrambler's WallVD 15
50InspirationS 4a 585
51Lost In TranslationVS 4c *23
52ConsolationS 4a 522
53ChockneyVD 4a *794
54The ChimneyVD *443
55The Chimney (Direct Finish)S 4a 213
56HangoverVS 5a **386
57ResurrectionHS 4b *507
58PerfectionS 4a 257
59Old Lag's CornerVS 4c *297
60Bunneys wall lefthandHVS 5b *5
61Bunney's WallVS 5a *494
 Isis Area 
63Fallen Block ClimbVD *314
64Pulpit RouteD **403
65IomaVS 4c 10
66KariateE1 5b *2
67Pearly GateHVS 5a 98
68Eskimo NellE1 5b **152
E1 5a *13
70IsisVS 4c **324
71TekneequeE1 5b 3
72ArchangelE3 6a 6
73PeacemakerE1 5b *52
VS 4b 7
75Only Thisbig
HVS 5b 6
S 4b 19
VS 4c 7
78Midsummer Crack
HS 4c 12
HS 4a 10
S 3
81Little Red Watering Can
HS 4a 2
 Amphitheatre Ledge 
83ValentinoVD 3
84VarinaHS 4a 18
85Follow The WayE1 5b 5
86Come-on Head Do Your StuffE1 5b *5
87Uncry These TearsE2 5c *11
VS 4b 6
89Atomic Road HeroE5 6b * 
90Theory of EverythingE5 6b **5
91ZoolookologieE5 6a **10
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
E1 5b 3
99GastonVS 4b 1
100DragonE1 5a 1
101Old Father ClymeHVS 4c 2

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