Cave Hole

Climbs 90 – Rocktype Limestone – Altitude 7m a.s.l – 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.

Approach 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.

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

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

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6Penny Lane6a+ *6
7Too Funky for Me6b+ *8
8The Big Boss7a 1
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10Marine Boy Direct6c 8
11Godzuki6a+ *13
12Makin' Bacon6a *18
13Trashy's Traverse6b+ *2
14Eight Inches7a *6
16Desperado6b *26
17Psychoman6a+ *3
18Mike's Free Will6c *1
19Lick of the Cat6b+ ** 
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21Surface Tension6c+ ** 
22Temporary LifestyleHS 4b **282
23Underlife7a 6
25The Big EasyE1 5c **131
26Babes and BedsheetsE5 6a 1
27Foxy ChicksE2 5c *42
28Reel 'Em InE2 6a *36
29AquamarinaE4 6b *5
30The Little HardE3 5c *18
31Big Easy ArêteHVS 5a *53
32Massive Amounts of Strength7b  
33Huge Reaches7a+ 1
34Lunge or Plunge7a+ *1
35IxtlanE2 5b **117
36KarmaE3 5c **10
37Mad About YouE3 6a *7
38Russian RouletteE3 6a ***50
40Captain HaddockE2 5b *18
41Flipper ForceE3 6a *7
42Gourmet Shit Traverse6a 9
43Up the GrottoE5 6a **4
44Water WingsE4 6b **8
45Ooh, Lovely!E3 5c *12
46Crab PartyE4 6a ***60
47Andy Pandy7b+ ** 
48Intimate Dancing6a *14
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