Battleship Main

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.

Approach 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.

Access notes
Restrictions apply from  1 March - 30 June. Reason - Nesting Birds


The peregrines that previously nested on Blacknor have moved nest site to Battleship Back Cliff. A restriction is now in place at the crag between “Always have the Edge” and “Zinc Oxide Mountain” including those routes. Blacknor is now un-restricted.

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

South West Climbs - Volume 1 (2012), Dorset (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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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+ **32
51Trance Dance7a *41
52Art For Art's Sake7a+ *6
53Judge Jeffreys6c ***116
54Humanoid7a+ **41
55One for the Gipper6b *125
56President Elect6b+ *32
58Chappaquiddick6b *71
59Coastguard Ron7a 28
60April Skies4c 54
61Pyramid6b 26
62Serendipity4a 30
63Mr Dudley Meets Ting Tong Macadangdang6a 37
64Flickhead Goes Boing, Boing7a *21
65Cruel Mistress6c+ *6
66Hats off to the Insane6b+ *38
67Trashcan Man6b *49
68Dirty Filthy Rich6a *31
69Setting the Date6b+ *36
70Sealed with a Kiss6a *30
71Champagne Supernova6a *74
72Dishing the Dirt6a *26
73Andy Wallhole6a *65
75Kicking StepsE1 5b 1
76Sugar 'n' SpikesE1 5a 1
77Stripped for ActionE1 5b 1
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Great crag, but do not listen to the 2012 Dorset guidebook access notes (follow those provided on here. The two steep paths it suggests taking are no longer existent following the rockfall and are extremely dangerous, they appear okay at first but end very abruptly with a large drop down the cliff.
Robheirene - 13/Jul/15