Cattle Troughs Dorset, ENGLAND
Climbs 94 – Rocktype Limestone – Altitude ? – Faces S
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.
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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Dorset (2012), South West Climbs - Volume 1 (2012), Dorset Route Database (2000), Swanage and Portland (1995),
Out of print: Dorset 2005 - Fax19 (2005), Dorset 2000 - Fax11 (2000)
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