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.

Access 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.

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

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 Climb nameGrade
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
16The Coral PrisonVS 4b *41
17PoofHS 4a 45
18Hell's TeethHVS 5a *27
19MoonstoneE1 5b *18
20MyriotissaE1 5b 3
21Aguas VerdesE1 5b *5
22GloveVD 41
23GrottleVD *101
24ClovVD 39
25Mary RoseVS 4b 31
26LobsterHVS 5b *17
27ThermidorE2 5b 4
28ChalkfreeE1 5b  
29EavesdropperHVS 5b 1
30Make Like a BirdHVS 5a 3
31Wessex HangoverVS 4c **44
33Wessex WayHS 4b 10
34Curving CornerD 27
35MutationVD 8
36Blow Hole RouteD 18
37TemptationVD 16
38Vee-ChimneyS 27
39FingerripHVS 5c 9
40FingertipVS 5a 21
41Crazy FingersE1 6a 1
42CheatE2 6a 1
43SynergyE3 5c  
44The Beastly StepVD 14
46Form a QueueVS 4c 25
47The Beastly TraverseVD 25
48Scrambler's WallVD 5
49InspirationS 4a 491
50Lost In TranslationVS 4c *21
51ConsolationS 4a 425
52ChockneyVD 4a *681
53The ChimneyVD *371
54The Chimney (Direct Finish)S 4a 169
55HangoverVS 5a **319
56ResurrectionHS 4b *422
57PerfectionS 4a 203
58Old Lag's CornerVS 4c *264
59Bunneys wall lefthandHVS 5b *5
60Bunney's WallVS 5a *428
62Fallen Block ClimbVD *265
63Pulpit RouteD **346
64IomaVS 4c 5
65KariateE1 5b *2
66Pearly GateHVS 5a 89
67Eskimo NellE1 5b **125
68TenuicollisE1 5a *10
69IsisVS 4c **258
70TekneequeE1 5b 2
71ArchangelE3 6a 6
72PeacemakerE1 5b *45
73HobbitVS 4b 6
74Only ThisbigHVS 5b 6
75ThisbeS 4b 19
76FrisbeeVS 4c 6
77Midsummer CrackHS 4c 12
78TinaHS 4a 8
79PyramusS 3
80Little Red Watering CanHS 4a 2
82ValentinoVD 2
83VarinaHS 4a 14
84Follow The WayE1 5b 5
85Come-on Head Do Your StuffE1 5b *5
86Uncry These TearsE2 5c *11
87SolitudeVS 4b 6
88Atomic Road HeroE5 6b * 
89Theory of EverythingE5 6b **5
90ZoolookologieE5 6a **9
91ShelobHVS 4c 1
92In a Big SkyE2 5c 5
93Land of the LeaningE2 5b *4
94World in ActionE5 6b **1
95Arapiles SyndromeE3 5b *3
96Mr. RuckleE1 5a *9
97PogorE1 5b 3
98GastonVS 4b 1
99DragonE1 5a 1
100Old Father ClymeHVS 4c 2
101P.U.M. *HS 4a 1
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