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

Unknown climber on No Man is an Island, F6c © Jus

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 Advice

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.

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The latest edition of the Dorset Rockfax features the now widely acclaimed full-page colour topos, and includes all the new lines in the areas previously covered, as well as many entirely new sectors. The crags are illustrated using bigger topos and there is a complete new set of action photos. This new Rockfax guide will concentrate on Portland, Swanage and Lulworth, covering all the sport routes in these areas, and also the bulk of the quality trad climbing at Swanage and Lulworth. Coverage of bouldering and deep water soloing, along with all the routes in Devon have migrated from this book.
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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
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 Drive a Car Area 
2Another Trojan Horse6b+ 6
3The Black Pariah7a *9
4The Misanthrope7b+ *3
5Silage Clamp7a+ *11
6The Sheer Weight of PragueVS 4c 3
7Never Drive a Car When You're Dead6a **442
8Wind in the Riggin'6c **126
9Bawdy House7a 15
10The Ghost of Saturday Night5c *256
11Borstal Breakout6c *100
12The Kane Mutiny6b *30
13The Best Men6c+ *37
14Citizen Dust6a+ *27
 Victims of Fashion Area 
16Eyes in Your Navel Nigel6b+ *34
17Bilboes7a *91
18Keyboard Wall7c ***53
19Choco Loni7b **28
20Wurlitzer Jukebox7a+ *23
21Evening Falls6a+ **245
22Evening Falls Direct6c *38
23Victims of Fashion7a+ ***191
24Barbed Wire Kisses7a+ **78
25Monoculture7c+ **8
26Reve d'un Corbeau7a *65
53Judge Jeffreys6c ***118
54Humanoid7a+ **42
55One for the Gipper6b *126
56President Elect6b+ *32
 Middle Cliff 
58Chappaquiddick6b *71
59Coastguard Ron7a 29
60April Skies4c 55
61Pyramid6b 26
62Serendipity4a 33
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
 Who Does Trad at Portland? Location Unknown 
75Kicking Steps
E1 5b 1
76Sugar 'n' Spikes
E1 5a 1
77Stripped for Action
E1 5b 1

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