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Battleship Back Cliff


Climbs 91 – Rocktype Limestone – Altitude 40m a.s.l – Faces W

Crag features
The Back Cliff has some superb long pitches with fingery flints and well-positioned cruxes. The recently developed ‘Workout Wall’ is a great place to pick up finger stamina for those up to the big grades. Also on offer is the Block Slab which has a number of nice, slabby pitches.

New Sector: The Balcony

On the left, northern most of two small outcrops above the path on the southern approach to the Back Cliff. The lower most southerly cliff is “The Balcony”, easily visible from the path, with a flat grassy base hidden behind some brambles. From here a scramble over an earth mound to the left leads to an inset bay with a fine flat wall of good rock capped by an overhang – “The Attic”.

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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
1Pol Pot Had the Lot6b 13
2Sex Cauldron7b 2
3Even Better than the Beatles7b *14
4Arc of a Fridge7b *13
5Dreams Burn Down7a+ **24
6Nihil7b **41
7No Man is an Island6c **150
8Always Have the Edge6c **86
9Pump Hitler7a+ ***98
10Buoys will be Buoys6b+ ***329
11Shape Shifter7c *8
12Jurassic Shift7a **124
13The Fun Factory7b **22
14Info Freako7b+ **17
15Trance Mission7c **3
16Rave Mission7b+ **3
17The Racing Line7b+ ***23
18Zinc Oxide Mountain7b+ ***100
19Bending the Rules7b+ 2
20Lost Army Expedition6c+ *15
21Scapa Flow6c+ **56
22Koenig Class7a+ *4
23Raise the Titanic6b+ *102
24The Price of Silence6a **390
25Wave Dodging7a 11
26Sink the Bismarck6c *25
27Big Fish7a 8
28Wiggi and Mopoke's Excellent New Hilti5+ 127
29A Dream of White Porsches5 *470
30The Sound of One Hold Snapping6b+ *79
31Electrically-Injected Shed Head6b+ *51
32Splat the Cat6c+ 10
33Shallow End of the Gene Pool6b+ *11
34Project 'A'7a *8
35Searing Tunnel of Re-injury6b 39
36The Cones of Stress7a+ 3
37Psychic EMF7a+ **34
38God Told Me to Skin You Alive6c+ *13
39Roadkill on the Information Superhighway6b 17
40Error 4046a+ 23
42U-143HVS 5a *15
43Coming Unstuck6a+ *145
44Block 1VD 17
45Block 2D 17
46Block 3VD 20
47Braer Rabbit4 358
48This is This4+ *371
 Climb nameGradex
49Wake Up, Time to Die6a+ *202
50Like a Drowning Man4 or 5 *277
51Hang Onto Your Ego6b *127
52No Smears Here6a+ 110
53Block 4S 12
54Block 5HS 6
55She's Going Down6b+ *73
56Listing Badly6c+ *58
57I'm Doing it Anyway4 *381
58Hate the Sin and Love the Sinner5+ 182
60Another Stone on the Pile of Choss6c+ 7
61Welcome to the Gravity Program6c 4
62Small is Beautiful6b 12
63She's Dancing Tonight5 19
64Tiny Goddess5 25
66Dr. Sole and Mr. Sole3 166
67Never Lead a Numb Existence4 153
68Phil's Route4 180
69Days of Heaven4+ 156
70Love on the Rocks ;)5 188
71Absent Friends, Here's to Them5+ 148
72Limestone Cowboy4+ 155
73One Flew Out of the Cuckoo's Nest5+ 130
74When You Were Little You Dreamed You Were Big6b+ 104
75Hanging Out with Halo Jones6a 167
76I Get High With A Little Help From My Friends5 127
77Cat Juggling4+ 110
78Thin on Top6a+ 19
79Samphire and Steel5 18
80More Soap, Less Shampoo4+ 19
81Lazy Robs and Frightful Lobs5+ *5
83Unload the Funbags6b+ 17
84It's all a Bunch of Tree Hugging Hippie Crap5+ 17
85Jurassic Bark7a 14
86High-Flyer6b 21
87Lola5 17
88Pretty Flamingo6a+ 18
89A Groovy Kind of Love6c 16
90Itchycoo Park6c+ 15
91Spear of Destiny5+ 27
92Spear of Broccoli5+ 28
93Heart of the Sun6a 21
94High flyer *6b 1
95Like a downing man battleship edge *5 2
* Climbs listed in red are waiting to be checked by a crag moderator, and may not be accurate.
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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 turn right into Reap Lane and park down here, on the left, opposite a track across the fields. There are plans to build a small new parking spot at the end of Reap Lane. Walk carefully down this track with your eyes to the ground - it’s dog turd alley! At the end walk slightly right and take one of two steep paths down the hillside. The cliffs are on your left starting with the Keyboard Wall Area.

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