Cave Hole

Climbs 89 – 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.

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

Guidebooks
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 nameGrade
 TOO FUNKY BEACH AREA  
2Memory LaneE1 5b *16
3Up, Up and AwayE2 6b 3
4Once Were Warriors7c **1
5Cold Feet6b *2
6Penny Lane6a+ S1 *6
7Too Funky for Me6b+ *8
8The Big BossE5 6b 1
9Marine BoyE2 5c 9
10Marine Boy Direct6b+ 8
11GodzukiE2 5c 12
12Makin' BaconE1 5c 15
13Trashy's Traverse6b S3 *2
14Eight Inches7a S1 *5
 DESPERADO CAVE  
16Desperado6b *24
17Psychoman6a+ *3
18Mike's Free Will6c *1
19Lick of the Cat6b+ ** 
20Pirates of the Black Atlantic6a+ *1
21Surface Tension6c+ ** 
22Temporary LifestyleHS 4b **254
23Underlife7a 6
 IXTLAN AREA  
25The Big EasyE1 5c **120
26Babes and BedsheetsE5 6a 1
27Foxy ChicksE2 5c *40
28Reel 'Em InE2 6a *36
29AquamarinaE4 6b *5
30The Little HardE3 5c *17
31Big Easy ArêteHVS 5a *48
32Massive Amounts of Strength7b S2  
33Huge Reaches7a+ S1 1
34Lunge or Plunge7a+ S1 *1
35IxtlanE2 5b **108
36KarmaE3 5c **9
37Mad About YouE3 6a *8
38Russian RouletteE3 6a ***45
 CRAB PARTY AREA  
40Captain HaddockE2 5b *18
41Flipper ForceE3 6a *7
42Gourmet Shit Traverse6a S0 8
43Up the GrottoE5 6a **4
44Water WingsE4 6b **8
45Ooh, Lovely!E3 5c *12
46Crab PartyE4 6a ***50
47Andy Pandy7b+ ** 
48Intimate Dancing6a S3 *13
49G-String6b S3  
50Robertson's JarHVS 5a *24
51Spittle 'n' SpumeE1 5c **54
52Bare ReputationE4 6b ***25
53Under-Bare7b S0 ***8
54Under-Bare Extension7b+ S0 **4
55Smile Please6a+ S0 *14
56Hooked Like No Fish Before Me6b S0 **23
 WATERFALL CAVE AREA  
58Always the Sun6b 5
59The Green Bearded Roof7a+ 2
60Supergeek7b+ * 
61Pilot of the Future7b  
62Zen Zero7c+ *** 
63Zombie Nation7c * 
64Air Hoodlum7b+ ** 
65The Cult of John Craven7b * 
66Escape RouteHVS 5a 2
67Osaki Dolphin7c+ ** 
68Law of the Jungle7b+ * 
69The Swinging Nineties7b ***10
70King of the Swingers7c+ ***1
 COOL VIBE AREA  
72C.C. BackstabbersE2 5c 2
73Different for Girls5c *21
74Kisses and Lies6a *22
75High Klicks6b *14
76100 Reasons to be Cheerful6c+ 1
77Bachelor Boy and the SR 5005c 16
78One Cool Vibe6c S3 2
79This is the Life6c S3 **1
80Fly the Friendly Skies7c ** 
81Seeing is Believing7c * 
82Uno MásE3 6a 1
83Tomar un AtajoE2 5b  
 OCTOPUS WEED AREA  
85Walking the PlankE3 5c *2
86Keep Walking the PlankE3 5c **1
87Staring at the Sea7a  
88Underwater Love7a 1
89Leave my Sole AloneHVS 5a 7
90The Lip TraverseXS 5b 3
91Octopuss WeedE3 6a ***72
92Octo Campo7a+ **4
93Tentacle Master7a+ S0 **4
94Previous Top-Rope Problem6a+ S0 11
95Killer Loop6c+ S1 *1
96Skeleton Surfers6c+ S0 *2
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