Cattle Troughs

Climbs 94 – Rocktype Limestone – Altitude ? – 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.

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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18Hell's TeethVS 4c *
19MoonstoneHVS 5a *
20MyriotissaE1 5b
21Aguas VerdesE1 5b *
25Mary RoseVS 4b
26LobsterHVS 5b *
27ThermidorE2 5b
28ChalkfreeE1 5b
29EavesdropperHVS 5b
30Make Like a BirdHVS 5a
31Wessex HangoverVS 4b *
33Wessex WayHS 4b
34Curving CornerD
36Blow Hole RouteD
39FingerripHVS 5c
40FingertipVS 5a
41Crazy FingersE1 6a
42CheatE2 6a
43SynergyE3 5c
44The Beastly StepVD
46Form a QueueVS 4c
47The Beastly TraverseVD
48Scrambler's WallVD
49InspirationS 4a
50Lost In TranslationVS 4c *
51ConsolationS 4a
52ChockneyVD 4a *
53The ChimneyVD *
54The Chimney (Direct Finish)S 4a
55HangoverVS 5a **
56ResurrectionHS 4b *
57PerfectionS 4a
58Old Lag's CornerVS 4c *
59Bunneys wall lefthandHVS 5b *
60Bunney's WallVS 5a *
62Fallen Block ClimbVD *
63Pulpit RouteD **
64IomaVS 4c
65KariateE1 5b *
66Pearly GateHVS 5a
67Eskimo NellE1 5b **
68TenuicollisE1 5a *
69IsisVS 4c **
70TekneequeE1 5b
71ArchangelE3 6a
72PeacemakerE1 5b *
73HobbitVS 4b
74Only ThisbigHVS 5b
75ThisbeS 4b
76FrisbeeVS 4c
77Midsummer CrackHS 4c
78TinaHS 4a
80Little Red Watering CanHS 4a
83VarinaHS 4a
84Follow The WayE1 5b
85Come-on Head Do Your StuffE1 5b *
86Uncry These TearsE2 5c *
87SolitudeVS 4b
88Atomic Road HeroE5 6b *
89Theory of EverythingE5 6b **
90ZoolookologieE5 6a **
91ShelobHVS 4c
92In a Big SkyE2 5c *
93Land of the LeaningE2 5b *
94World in ActionE5 6b **
95Arapiles SyndromeE3 5b *
96Mr. RuckleE1 5a *
97PogorE1 5b
98GastonVS 4b
99DragonE1 5a
100Old Father ClymeHVS 4c
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