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Lighthouse Area (inc Hidden Cove & Sector Pom-


Climbs 92 – Rocktype Limestone – Altitude ? – Faces SE

Crag features
On the east coast of the southern tip of the isle are two small areas nestling under the lighthouses. Barrel Zawn is a pleasant little bouldering area with some intense and powerful problems on slopers and tiny crimps or pockets above a shingle beach. The beach can vary in height and the problems are at their best when the beach is low. Sector Pom Pom offers a similar style of power-packed routes situated in another delightful little bay with a a frozen wave of gritstone pitted with infrequent pockets.**SEE BELOW** Sadly neither place holds anything for beginners but both are great for a spot of sunbathing or a picnic and are only 300m from the car park. Irate landowner causes problems in summer. No legal reason for denying access but it is still best to keep away.

A few metres south of Barrel Zawn is the excellent low/mid-grade bouldering area of Hidden Cove, with several quality problems in the range V1 to V6 above sandy landings.

**January 2014. Pom Pom rock has been totally demolished by storm waves. See [Stuart Morris]

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Dorset (2012), Portland (2008), Deep Water (2007), Dorset Route Database (2000),
Out of print: Dorset 2005 - Fax19 (2005), Dorset 2000 - Fax11 (2000)

Climbs at this crag

Sort climbs
 Climb nameGradex
2Tombstonin'...E3 6a *2
3End of the Land...E4 5c * 
4The Good of SleepE1 5a 2
5ChymerieHVS 4c *1
6Edge of BeyondHVS 5c *7
7Bleating Nincompoops4+ 5
8Rapture of the DeepHVS 5b **9
9Swirling PoolHVS 5a *4
11Terror TacticsV0 11
12Kiss and TellV2 *2
13The Poxley PocketV3 *1
14Penny LaneV0 11
15Stake Through the HeartV1 9
16Ground Hogg DayV2 3
17Willow's CrackV0 *11
18Angel DustV0 **15
19Buffy's GrooveV0 **12
20BladeV3 **8
21Vampire killersV1 *10
22Silver BulletV0- *14
23Sea SprayV0 *15
25Once More For The CameraV1 8
26The Scary Roof TraverseV2 *9
27Buffery's NoseV2 3
28Country FileV0 13
29Marsh BeautyV1 9
30MarshmallowV0 5
31Adams TriumphV2 13
32Skid MarkV2 *12
33Guru PeteV1 16
34Youth Of TodayV0 11
35Loaded QuestionsV1 12
36Hip and TrendyV1 16
37The Hidden WallV4 ***9
38The Hidden NicheV3 **16
39The Hidden EliminateV4 *9
40The Hidden CrackV3 *12
41The Hidden EscapeV1 *18
42The Hidden RoofV1 ***15
43The Hidden JumpV1 *14
45Problem 1 (Barrel Zawn Traverse)V8 *1
46EranuV6 * 
47UvarvuV5 * 
48Problem 4 (Barrel Roll)V3 *1
49Problem 5 (Barrel Groove)V4 *1
 Climb nameGradex
50Problem 6 (Cooper Trooper)V4 *1
51Problem 7 (The Barrel)V6 *3
52Problem 8 (Over a Barrel)V3 5
53RamplineV0+ 7
54Corner LaybackV0 6
55Problem 11 (Deviant)V3 3
56CornflakeV0- 9
57Problem 13 (The Flake Escape)V5 *2
59White PonyV2 8
60The World's Best MonoV5 *5
61Salty Sea Dog7a+ **1
62Sugar Daddy7a+ *25
63All Things Being Relative6a+ 59
64Relativity6a+ 33
65The Red Crane Traverse5 **138
66Red Crane Wall6a 41
67Wall of Squares6a 46
69El Scorchio6c *1
70Maximum Grrr...7b * 
71The Favourite GameVD 2
72L'Eau Profile7c * 
73Private Dancer6b  
74Jug City4 1
75Jugalicious3 3
76Matt's Dilemma3 13
77Games Without Frontiers4 7
78The Dog's Bollocks6a 10
79Time and Tide4+ 6
80Thirty Years YoungE3 6b 1
81Burbage Belle7c * 
82The Big Blue7c+ ** 
83Ninth Wave7a+ *3
84Zimmerframe with Attitude7c 1
85The O'lympets6c+ 1
86The WavebandV9 ***1
87Honorary Froggatt7b+ *1
88Pocketful of Shells7b  
89A Girl of the Limberlost6b 1
90The TemptressE1 6a 2
91Island SpellVS 2
92Flake CrackD 2
93The Huts Have Eyes6a+ 2
94Somewhere West of Laramie6a+ 1
95Not in Kansas Anymore6a+ 2
96MermaidD 2
97Beautiful Losers *VS 1
98Clarence *6c *1
* Climbs listed in red are waiting to be checked by a crag moderator, and may not be accurate.
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Access notes
Barrel Zawn and Hidden Cove - Park at the main Portland Bill car park (or for free back at the layby). From the lighthouse, walk behind the cafe. The north-facing zawn is found 100m left (looking out) up the coast path just before a large quarried rock platform. Hidden Cove is directly behind the white "building" by the Lobster Pot Cafe.

Sector Pom Pom - Park as for Coastguard, in the layby before the Pulpit Inn. Walk down the road past the Pulpit Inn then, at the bend, head left down a private track with the open field on the right. Follow the track around past the beach huts to the cliff-top. Turn left then after 20m follow natural rock steps down into an open cove with a prominent pinnacle. To the left is a fine wave of rock.

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R.I.P Sector Pom Pom, we had a good run.
Joe W-O - 08/Jan/14

There are a handful of good problems on the wall on the 'back' of the Hidden Cove (south side), below the Lobster Pot. Low tide required. See black and white photo of John in the gallery below. Think there's a B+W photo of Alex on one of them in my gallery too. All about V0/1/2, all climbed around the same time as Hidden Cove was developed (2001 ish), but never reported. Also a few extra problems on the left of Hidden Cove (south) that aren't in the CC guide - all sit/crouch start under the sharp bulge and power through to the ledge. See B+W photo of Jimbo in gallery.
Ben Thorne - 21/Apr/11