Climbs 62
Rocktype Limestone
Altitude Tidal
Faces S

Belay or photo's not both please. © riddle

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.

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More Guidebooks:
South West Climbs - Volume 1 (2012)
Dorset Route Database (2000)

Out of print:
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
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 West Face 
2Dougal the GreatE6 6c ** 
3Race for the OasisE5 6a *1
4Sons of PioneersE6 6b *1
5Tudor RoseE2 5b ***146
6Facedancin'E3 6a ***40
7OceanidE2 5b **60
8Fly Crazy But FreeE5 6b **4
9WarlordE4 6a ***51
10VikingsE4 6a **26
E2 5c *1
12CaiaphasE3 5c *3
13Deaf MosaicE6 6c *1
E5 6a/b 1
15ValkyrieVS 4b 12
16Be-Bop-DeluxeE2 5b *1
17Valkyrie Buttress DirectHVS 5a **20
18ValhallaHVS 5a 10
19Zo ZoVS 4b *178
HS 4b 3
21DysentryHVS 4c 3
22Summit RouteHS 4b 8
23No MistakingE3 5c **6
24Mistaken IdentityVS 4c **248
25True IdentityHVS 5a **62
26Lichen Wall
E1 5b 10
 East Face 
28Outside The WireE1 5b 10
29Exit Chimney Two - The SequelE4 6a * 
30SapphireE1 5b **168
E5 6b 1
32The SpookE1 5b ***300
33Toiler on the SeaE5 6b *4
34August AngieE1 5b *49
35NecromancyE4 5c *9
36The HeatE4 5c *11
37The Big HeatE4 6a **11
38Deep HeatE3 6a 1
39Funeral PyreE5 5c *2
40MananaHVS 5a *99
41Joy Luck Dragon PhoenixE4 6a 1
42Tensor IIVS 5a ***602
43StrapiomboHVS 5b **188
44Helen's ReturnE2 5b *9
45LedgendHS 4b *368
46Graffiti Bomber of New York CityE2 5c *8
47Ledgend DirectHVS 5a **263
48Vampire (direct start)E1 5b *20
49VampireHVS 5a *38
50Batt CrackVS 4c **392
51Ever-headyE3 6a 1
52The Moon Is DownE4 5c 1
53The CreviceVS 4c 14
54Friends from the DeepE3 5c **18
55Yellow Belly WallE5 6b *1
56Yellow WallE1 5b **120
57RobudHVS 5a *47
58CascaraVS 4b 13
59Younger DaysE3 6a *5
60Razor's EdgeHVS 5a *6
61Landslide VictoryE1 5c 3
62MichelleHVS 5a 3
63Isolation wardHVS 5a 2
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