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Cave Hole


Climbs 80 – Rocktype Limestone – Altitude Tidal – Faces E

Crag features
Cave Hole is a fascinating area, tucked away on the far end of the Isle, with a labyrinth of caves and tunnels which are worth exploring for scenic value alone. However for the climber this area dispels the myth that Portland is all flat walls full of crimpy holds. Powerful routes across huge banded roofs are the order of the day here with a couple of the biggest bolted roofs in the southwest. The cliffs never attain more than 10m but all the upside down break-dancing packs a lot in and the rock quality is superb. There are also a few easier ticks plus some solos for when the weather is hot.

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Dorset (2012), Portland (2008), Deep Water (2007), Dorset Route Database (2000),
Out of print: Dorset 2005 - Fax19 (2005), Dorset 1994 - Fax05 (1994)

Climbs at this crag

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 Climb nameGradex
1Memory Lane6a *16
2Up, Up and AwayE2 6b 3
3Once Were Warriors7c **1
4Too Funky for Me6b+ *7
5The Big BossE5 6b 1
6Marine Boy6b+ 9
7Marine Boy Direct6c 7
8Godzuki6a+ *11
9Makin' Bacon6a *13
10Trashy's Traverse6b+ *1
11Penny Lane6a+ *6
12Cold FeetE1 5c *2
13Desperado6b *24
14Temporary LifestyleHS 4b **227
15Babes and BedsheetsE5 6a 1
16Foxy Chicks6a+ *37
17Reel 'Em In6b+ *32
18Aquamarina7a+ *5
19The Little Hard6a+ *16
20Big Easy Arete5 *42
21The Big Easy6a+ **108
22Ixtlan6a **97
23Karma6b **8
24Mad About You6b *8
25Russian Roulette6b+ ***43
26Captain Haddock6b *17
27Gourmet Shit Traverse6a 8
28Flipper ForceE3 6a *7
29Up the GrottoE5 6a **4
30Water WingsE4 6b **8
31Ooh, Lovely!E3 5c *12
32Crab PartyE4 6a ***44
33Intimate DancingE1 5a *12
34Robertson's JamHVS 5a *22
35Spittle 'n' SpumeE1 5c **53
36Bare ReputationE4 6b ***20
37Under-Bare7b **7
38Under-Bare Extension7b+ **4
39Smile Please6a+ *13
40Hooked Like No Fish Before Me6b **22
 Climb nameGradex
41Always the Sun6b 5
42The Green Bearded Roof7a+ 2
43Supergeek7b+ * 
44Pilot of the Future7b  
45Zen Zero7c+ *** 
46Zombie Nation7c * 
47Air Hoodlum7b+ ** 
48The Cult of John Craven7b * 
49Escape RouteHVS 5a 2
50Osaki Dolphin7c ** 
51Law of the Jungle7b+ * 
52The Swinging Nineties7b ***7
53King of the Swingers7c+ ***1
54C.C. BackstabbersE2 5c 2
55Different for Girls5 *21
56Kisses and Lies5+ *22
57High Klicks6a+ *13
58100 Reasons to be Cheerful6c+ 1
59Bachelor Boy and the SR 5005+ 14
60One Cool VibeE2 5c 2
61This is the LifeE3 5c **1
62Fly the Friendly Skies7c ** 
63Uno MásE3 6a 1
64Seeing is Believing7c * 
65Tomar un AtajoE2 5b  
66Walking the PlankE3 5c *2
67Keep Walking the PlankE3 5c **1
68Staring at the Sea7a  
69Underwater Love7a 1
70Leave my Sole AloneHVS 5a 7
71The Lip TraverseXS 5b 3
72Octopuss WeedE3 6a ***63
73Octo Campo7a+ **4
74Tentacle MasterE4 6b *4
75Previous Top-Rope Problem6a+ 10
76Pirates Of The Black Atlantic6a+ *1
77Psychoman6a+ *3
78Underlife *7a 5
79Eight Inches *7a 5
80Skeleton Surfers *6c+ **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 series of caves lies below the fields 1 km up the east coast from Portland Bill. It can be spotted from the road by conspicuous jib cranes on the cliff edge. Parking is not easy for these areas since it is illegal to park on the main road. You may find a spot in Southwell but be careful not to block anyone in and be aware that tickets are regularly given here. The best parking, albeit with a longer walk-in, is in the Coastguard layby before the Pulpit Inn. From the Pulpit layby, walk about 1km back up the road to a gated track (opposite a public footpath sign). Go down here to the jib cranes which can be seen from the road. Alternatively gain the coast path from the layby and continue for 300m beyond Sector Pom Pom to reach the jib cranes.

From Southwell reach the cliff-top by the first quarry track then walk south for 500m to reach the jib cranes which mark the top of the area.

The Octopus Weed Area is directly below one of the jib cranes and the other areas are gained via the first or second stepped rock amphitheatres immediately right (looking out) of the jibs.
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