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Battleship Main

Dorset, ENGLAND

Climbs 72 – Rocktype Limestone – Altitude 40m a.s.l – Faces W

Crag features
This was the first area to be retro-bolted and it has become the most popular starting point for exploring the Isle's incredible supply of well-bolted routes. The edge is very friendly with its gleaming white faces and strong corners and grooves. The crag base is a pleasant place to picnic and relax and it is possible to get a lot of mileage in a day here by nipping up and down the numerous pitches. Starting to show the signs of over-use and some of the routes have become a bit polished.

Due to a landslip in early 2014, the ground level under routes left of Evening Falls has dropped 30ft. These routes are currently unclimbable and will need extensive cleaning and extra bolts added.

Access notes
The Battleship cliffs are easy to reach from a good parking spot. Drive through Weston and after passing the shops, keep right down Wide Street. On the next bend (mini roundabout), turn right into Reap Lane and park down by a row of houses on the right. Walk down the road to a track behind the row of houses. Take the track that passes between a stable and a barn. At the cliff edge, walk slightly left and take a steep path (usually a fixed rope in place) down the hillside. Turn right at the bottom. The Veranda area is below you. For the Battleship Main crag, continue north approx 300m (past the Battleship Block Slab, then uphill) to arrive at the right-hand end of the crag.

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Guidebooks
Dorset (2012), South West Climbs - Volume 1 (2012), Portland (2008), Dorset Route Database (2000), Swanage and Portland (1995),
Out of print: Dorset 2005 - Fax19 (2005), Dorset 2000 - Fax11 (2000), Dorset 1994 - Fax05 (1994)

Climbs at this crag

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 Climb nameGradex
 DRIVE A CAR AREA  
2Another Trojan Horse6b+ 6
3The Black Pariah7a *8
4The Misanthrope7b+ *3
5Silage Clamp7a+ *11
6The Sheer Weight of PragueVS 4c 3
7Never Drive a Car When You're Dead6a **405
8Wind in the Riggin'6c **124
9Bawdy House7a 15
10The Ghost of Saturday Night5c *253
11Borstal Breakout6c *100
12The Kane Mutiny6b *30
13Citizen Dust Direct6c *37
14Citizen Dust6a+ *26
 VICTIMS OF FASHION AREA  
16Eyes in Your Navel Nigel6b+ *34
17Bilboes7a *88
18Keyboard Wall7c ***49
19Choco Loni7b **24
20Wurlitzer Jukebox7a+ *23
21Evening Falls6a+ **214
22Evening Falls Direct6c+ *35
23Victims of Fashion7a+ ***163
24Barbed Wire Kisses7a+ **72
25Monoculture7c+ ***8
26Reve d'un Corbeau7a *58
27Lazy Days and Summer Haze6a+ **348
28Norfolk Coast7a+ *5
29Pinch an Inch6a **409
30Inchworm6a+ *42
31Inch Perfect, Inchworm6b+ **274
32Serious Music6c+ *45
33Margaret on the Guillotine6a **260
34Gratuitous Lies Here6c+ 11
35Keel Haul7b 3
36Out of Reach, Out of Mind6c **136
37No me Comas el Coco7a **57
38Come, Armageddon, Come6c+ *34
39Defcon One6c+ **63
 Climb nameGradex
 HUMANOID AREA  
41Blood Simple7a *11
42Eighth WonderHVS 5a *3
43The Barton Fink7b 3
44Hipnition7a *12
45Master of Ape Science7a+ *15
46A Taste of Honey7a+ *5
47Dripping with Blood6c+ 15
48Skateboard to OblivionHVS 5a *5
49Maud in Memoria6c *21
50On the Wall7a+ **31
51Trance Dance7a *37
52Art For Art's Sake7a+ *6
53Judge Jeffreys6c ***103
54Humanoid7a+ **39
55One for the Gipper6b *122
56President Elect6b+ *31
 MIDDLE CLIFF  
58Chappaquiddick6b *71
59Coastguard Ron7a 28
60April Skies4c 50
61Pyramid6b+ 23
62Serendipity4a 27
63Mr Dudley Meets Ting Tong Macadangdang6a 33
64Flickhead Goes Boing, Boing7a *19
65Cruel Mistress6c+ *6
66Hats off to the Insane6b+ *38
67Trashcan Man6b *47
68Dirty Filthy Rich6a *26
69Setting the Date6b+ *35
70Sealed with a Kiss6a *23
71Champagne Supernova6a *71
72Dishing the Dirt6a *25
73Andy Wallhole6a *64
 WHO DOES TRAD AT PORTLAND? LOCATION UNKNOWN  
75Kicking StepsE1 5b 1
76Sugar 'n' SpikesE1 5a 1
77Stripped for ActionE1 5b 1
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