Guillemot Ledge

Climbs 61 – Rocktype Limestone – Altitude Tidal – Faces S

Crag features
A huge wall with several routes which are the longest at Swanage. Abseil approach to a non-tidal boulder beach. More reasonable finishes than other swanage cliffs. No climbing 1 March to 31 July because of nesting birds on the main West face.

Approach notes
Guillemot Ledge is approached from Langton Matravers. To reach the parking spot, turn off the A351 towards Langton Matravers, just outside Swanage town. Once in the village, go past the post office and turn left into Durnford Drove. The free car park is 300m down here by Langton House. From the parking walk south on a good path past four fields and a spyway barn. After the 4th field, before you drop down to the quarry, turn left (looking out) and follow the ridge track to cross another stile in the next stone wall. Drop diagonally right down a steep hillside to reach the valley bottom then head out towards the cliff edge past a last stone wall. Where the path forks take the middle track via the valley bottom to reach a rickety stile in the cliff-top fence. Cross here to find the lower cliff-top quarry on the left. The main abseil and gearing up ledge lies at the base of the deep gully on the right (looking out) of the stile. Steep rock steps lead down a gully to a small ledge. There is a stake is cemented in at the back of the ledge. An alternative abseil is from boulders in the quarry. Rucksacks can be safely left in the gully but be wary if approaching from the quarries.

Read more... Regional Access notes are available from the BMC.

Dorset (2012), South West Climbs - Volume 1 (2012), Dorset Route Database (2000),
Out of print: Dorset 2005 - Fax19 (2005), Dorset 2000 - Fax11 (2000)

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18ValhallaHVS 5a 7
19Zo ZoVS 4b *154
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21DysentryHVS 4c 3
22Summit RouteHS 4b 6
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25True IdentityHVS 5a **50
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28Outside The WireE1 5b 9
29Exit Chimney Two - The SequelE4 6a * 
30SapphireE1 5b **136
31The SpookE1 5b ***234
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33August AngieE1 5b *44
34NecromancyE4 5c *9
35The HeatE4 5c *11
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38MananaHVS 5a *82
39Joy Luck Dragon PhoenixE4 6a 1
40Tensor IIVS 5a ***491
41StrapiomboHVS 5b **149
42Helen's ReturnE2 5b *5
43LedgendHS 4b *322
44Graffiti Bomber of New York CityE2 5c *7
45Ledgend DirectHVS 5a **215
46Vampire (direct start)E1 5b *17
47VampireHVS 5a *29
48Batt CrackVS 4c **343
49The CreviceVS 4c 12
50Friends from the DeepE3 5c **17
51Yellow Belly WallE5 6b *1
52Yellow WallE1 5b **99
53RobudHVS 5a *37
54CascaraVS 4b 13
55Younger DaysE3 6a *5
56Razor's EdgeHVS 5a *6
57Landslide VictoryE1 5c 3
58MichelleHVS 5a 3
59Isolation wardHVS 5a 2
60Glooked E5 6b 1
61Ever-heady E3 6a 1
62The Moon Is Down E4 5c 1
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The dead cow is now decomposing and cooking in the sun. Take a nose plug! you can now smell it from the top of the Ab. Rank!!
darren hudson - 15/Jul/13
There is a dead cow in the boulders below the lower abseil point (in the gully). Probably worth avoiding the area between Mistaken Identity and The Spook due to the smell.
Monkey_Alan - 12/Jul/13
Warning! Look out for the second pitch on smutti. The leader had just started on the second pitch of smutti last Sunday 03/07/2005, and had just reached the section where he was traversing right to make the ascension, when the rock quite literally gave way in his hand, leading to a 50ft fall which pulled out a (threaded through the rock)no. 5 nut and a cam, shattering the rock! This top pitch is treacherous!! Thankfully the leader survived with just a few nasty bruises and a fractured hand, BUT BEWARE.
Tim Kinloch - 05/Jul/05
warning !! Valhalla, HVS on Guillemot West (just left of popular Zo-Zo, VS), has suffered rockfall, which extends from the top down to the overlap. The "steep pull through the roof" on pitch 1 no longer exists. All of pitch 2 is changed and is loose. We survived the route, just, but big lumps of rock were pounding the ledge at the base. Hope we did not kill anyone!
charlifarli - 26/Jul/04