30m, 2 pitches.

Rockfax Description
The abseil line is the safest escape, and also a worthy route.
1) 4b, 14m. Climb the crack above the fin-backed boulder to a large fault-line ledge.
2) 4c, 21m. Climb the next crack boldly around a roof and continue to a ledge on the left. Move right into a corner to finish. © Rockfax

FA. R.Kent, Richard Crewe, K.Winkworth 4.5.69 04/May/1969

Ticklists: WMC Boulder Ruckle Top20, Swanage A-Z, West Country Climbs, Orange Spot Swanage, SW Climbs - Swanage.

Horton 28/Oct/17 AltLd O/S

Despite someone else's ab rope slapping him in the face, watching Charlie practically solo P1 was quite entertaining (and a touch scary..). Great holds and solid rock. Lead P2, and thoroughly enjoyed the roof escape. I went off piste by mistake and stayed right higher up which left me with a technical move that felt much harder than 4c... Got up in one piece, though, and loved every second.

Pero 28/Sep/17 Lead

Top pitch only, owing to slightly rough sea.

Ed Hastings 23/Sep/17 Lead O/S
with James Diggle
Ed Hastings 23/Sep/17 Lead O/S
with James Diggle
Ed Hastings 23/Sep/17 Lead O/S
with James Diggle
simibrown 07/Aug/17 AltLd O/S

Wet therefore hard and scary!

Hidden 18/Feb/17 2nd
Rob Moorcroft 18/Feb/17 2nd
Hidden 05/Jan/17 Lead
Bob M 05/Jan/17 2nd
Marl 27/Oct/16 2nd O/S

Climbed on mini traction having set rope down line of climb. Great route

Wine and climb 02/Oct/16 AltLd O/S
Sam Husband 18/Sep/16 AltLd O/S

A rarity for swanage (and the ruckle) - not a sandbag, good gear, good rock, nice belay ledge (especially the ammonite seat).

with Ed
Stroppy 18/Sep/16 AltLd O/S
Dizz 18/Sep/16 AltLd O/S
Trace 11/Sep/16 AltLd

Would love to do it again without the alpine knee! Cracking jamming and laybacking route

Francois R 04/Sep/16 Lead

2nd pitch only as the 1st pitch was under wave attacks.

with Will
w-watson 04/Sep/16 2nd

Started at 1st belay because sea was to rough.

Hidden 28/Aug/16 AltLd O/S
Hidden 06/Aug/16 2nd
Hidden 06/Aug/16 Lead O/S
Geoffers 06/Aug/16 AltLd O/S
with Simon, Tim
Hidden 31/Jul/16 AltLd O/S
mattprince 15/Jun/16 AltLd O/S
elfka 15/Jun/16 AltLd

Lead 2nd pitch

with Matthew Prince
Adam Hill 28/Feb/16 AltLd
with Simon
JenDurden 04/Oct/15 2nd
with Sion F-R, Andy Jordan
LJC 03/Oct/15 Lead rpt
with Phill
garywong 19/Sep/15 AltLd O/S

Led P2

with Peri Cheale
Steve954 13/Sep/15 2nd rpt

Starting off leading the first pitch but struggled so seconded behind Rich up both pitches. Fantastic love the route but not sure about leading it, it's a head game.

with Rich
MontyH 05/Sep/15 AltLd
with Brian and Paul
Hidden 28/Aug/15 AltLd rpt
MarcinK 15/Aug/15 2nd O/S
with Pavlina B
topsyturvy 11/Aug/15 Lead O/S
with Mike P
clarendon 11/Aug/15 2nd O/S
with Tris
Hidden 09/Aug/15 AltLd O/S
andycash 08/Aug/15 2nd
with Daryl nayler
Hidden 07/Aug/15 AltLd O/S
LJC 29/Jul/15 AltLd rpt


with Mark
MDR61 29/Jul/15 2nd rpt
with Luca, Ben
charley 13/May/15 Lead O/S
with Mark
MDR61 13/May/15 2nd rpt

Always fun - easy climb after previous night in Square and compass

with charley
Hidden 17/Feb/15 Lead rpt
ian bryant ??/2015 -
mike lawrence? 03/Oct/14 AltLd

led second pitch, good route

with Metal
MDR61 14/Sep/14 2nd rpt

Couldn't get to the start of Behemoth so did this again, great route

with Ben
Hidden 14/Sep/14 Lead rpt
Dave Thompson 10/Sep/14 Lead
with Mark Lee
Hidden 10/Sep/14 2nd
rd20 06/Sep/14 AltLd O/S


with Patrick
andyjirvin 02/Sep/14 2nd O/S

Jim led. First section was damp and slippery. Felt tough. Also tricky getting out of the overhang and around the corner - though this too was damp. Top end 4c, one for a steady VS leader or above.

sonic46 15/Aug/14 AltLd O/S

Led P1

with Nat, Mike H
mikehenesy 15/Aug/14 2nd

Big seas, goffered at the start - ye ha! Sonia led the first short but stiff pitch, and Nat heroicaly surmounted the roof on the second, first route in a year not bad eh.

with nat, Sonia
ciderspider 09/Aug/14 2nd O/S
LJC 09/Aug/14 Lead O/S

In one pitch.

with Jamie, George
MDR61 09/Aug/14 Lead rpt

First time I've led this one - tricky move on the first pitch. The second pitch is a real treat with the moves around the overhang

Hidden 09/Aug/14 2nd O/S
nige pacer 02/Aug/14 AltLd O/S
with Mike Lea
rushy11111918 01/Aug/14 2nd
with Paul Davis
elfka 20/Jun/14 AltLd O/S
with Joe Doherty
dobby 200 08/Mar/14 AltLd O/S

lead P1

joedoherty 08/Mar/14 AltLd O/S
Sarah Welsh 16/Feb/14 AltLd

Led P1

steveprice.exmouth 16/Feb/14 AltLd

led p2

Hidden ??/2014 2nd
Norman_P_W 29/Dec/13 2nd
with Bob M
Bob M 29/Dec/13 Lead
DaveGarrity 30/Nov/13 2nd O/S

First Swanage VS for me, really nice climb, Mike made the start of the first pitch much more interesting than a VS!

mikehenesy 30/Nov/13 Lead
Hidden 28/Nov/13 2nd rpt
roberts1234567890 14/Nov/13 AltLd
with Tom Thorne
Hidden 14/Nov/13 Lead rpt
will moy 14/Oct/13 AltLd
with paul taylor
paultaylor 14/Oct/13 AltLd O/S

Lead P2

dan gibson 22/Sep/13 2nd
with richard lade
Hidden 14/Sep/13 AltLd rpt
stonemikey 11/Sep/13 Lead
with Mark Ward
Hidden 03/Sep/13 Lead rpt
Monkey_Alan 01/Sep/13 AltLd rpt

Led P2.

with John Knight, Julian Prieto
Julian Prieto 01/Sep/13 AltLd rpt

Led P1

with John Knight, Alan Blanchflower
Kerm ?/Sep/13 AltLd
Luxulyan 25/Aug/13 2nd
with Dan S
Hidden 21/Aug/13 AltLd
Hidden 18/Aug/13 2nd
jtree03 15/Aug/13 Lead
with dazza
Dan Hostford 25/May/13 Lead O/S
ianto ??/2013 -
Hidden ??/2013 -
kim.mulji 18/Nov/12 AltLd O/S

Led second pitch. Nut dropped out under roof after taking it! Hard to find very satisfactory cam placements. Interesting moves throughout top pitch.

oscaig 18/Nov/12 AltLd O/S

Butch start and tough sustained second pitch. Lovely route.

ChrisBrooke 13/Oct/12 AltLd rpt

Me P1, Monika P2. Good as a team of three - party ledge for belay 1. Fantastic climbing on P2. Perfect hand jams all the way, or jugs to the sides. A must for any VS leader!

with Monika Inkpen, John Inkpen
Dave Mahon ?/Oct/12 AltLd O/S
with Brian Mead
Hidden 30/Sep/12 2nd
Kirill 29/Sep/12 2nd O/S

First pitch 4b? Really?

Hidden 29/Sep/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 22/Sep/12 Lead O/S
duncan 15/Sep/12 Lead rpt
Hidden 20/Aug/12 Lead
Hidden 03/Aug/12 AltLd O/S
halfwaythere 24/May/12 Lead dog

Awesome route - soaked before starting. Overhung first pitch and tricky start to second as tired arms finished in the dark

with jarod
jarodbishop ?/May/12 AltLd

Took a while on this one--didn't make it up till past dark!

MDR61 29/Feb/12 2nd rpt

Fantastic Ruckle lushness - Glad Luke enjoyed the first pitch ;-) Topped out as the sun was setting

with LukeyG
Bob M 19/Feb/12 -
Norman_P_W 19/Feb/12 -
with Bob M
Hidden 19/Feb/12 AltLd
louby 29/Jan/12 2nd

tried to lead 2nd pitch but wimped out

chris_B 29/Jan/12 Lead

Awkward start but some good climbing after that.

Hidden 28/Jan/12 AltLd O/S
Hidden 28/Jan/12 AltLd O/S
Ian JL ??/2012 -
nigel pearson 18/Dec/11 AltLd O/S

I led P1. large swell meant it was the only route we could get to after abseiling in. Nice route, exciting overhang on P2

with Robin
dickie01 13/Nov/11 AltLd rpt

Heavy sea's, big waves and spring tide, quickest I've ever seen Jo do a pitch. I got soaked belaying and had to tie into the ab rope to stop me getting Harold Bishoped

with Joe Heasman
Bob M 07/Oct/11 AltLd
carl_123 03/Oct/11 AltLd O/S

excellent climb, great introduction to swanage. got to do the second pitch twice as luke couldn't remove my first cam

with luke rathmell
lukerathmell ?/Oct/11 AltLd O/S

Nearly lost stubbsy's big cam on the second pitch!!

with Carl Stubbs
Fatclimber 25/Sep/11 Lead dog
with Dean Chapman
Different Steve 24/Sep/11 AltLd rpt
with Jason
MontyH 24/Sep/11 Lead
with Paul Milton
jasonpm 24/Sep/11 AltLd O/S
with Steve IMC
norb 03/Sep/11 2nd O/S

loved the climb. belay ledge big enough for a double bed with space. the roof has got the holds and for a ruckle route seems less "wanting to murder you at every second"

Hidden 01/Sep/11 2nd
jezb1 01/Sep/11 AltLd
Hidden ?/Sep/11 Lead O/S
MDR61 15/Aug/11 2nd rpt
with Jez B
jezb1 15/Aug/11 Lead
Julian Prieto 13/Aug/11 AltLd O/S

Led P2

Monkey_Alan 13/Aug/11 AltLd O/S

Led P1.

MDR61 10/Aug/11 AltLd O/S

Lead P1 (and made a bit of a balls up of the move halfway up)

dickie01 31/Jul/11 AltLd
with Joe Heasman
Rich K 22/Jan/11 2nd O/S
with Wayne Cheung
LukeyG ??/2011 -
Mark Warnett ??/2011 Lead O/S
jezb1 27/Nov/10 AltLd

Lead p2 after climbing up and down the first few moves a number of times. Quite meaty but enjoyable. Started snowing whilst on route!

The Ivanator 27/Nov/10 AltLd rpt

This was cold. First time I've ever seen it snowing at Swanage. We were the only climbers anywhere in the Ruckle, definite "macho" points for this one. Felt hard with no feeling in the hands and greasy holds, dropped a sling in the sea when leading P1 and had to abandon a hex wedged in the depths on P2 ...cold does funny stuff to you!!

with Jez
Hidden 07/Nov/10 Lead rpt
feilx 07/Nov/10 Lead rpt
with Heather
Ceridwen 07/Nov/10 2nd rpt
with Jon Brown
JonBrown 07/Nov/10 Lead O/S
Sophie Nunn 19/Oct/10 AltLd O/S
with Andy
LJKing ?/Oct/10 AltLd
with Rob Marson
Hidden 18/Sep/10 Lead rpt
duncan 12/Sep/10 2nd
tobydunford 12/Sep/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 12/Sep/10 Lead O/S
Richard Morgan 30/Aug/10 AltLd β
Ybot Htulk 30/Aug/10 AltLd
with Richard and Ivan
The Ivanator 30/Aug/10 2nd
Hidden 15/Aug/10 AltLd O/S
climbtim 15/Aug/10 AltLd O/S

Wet after yesterdays rain, had to come out onto the left hand face of first pitch which is fingery with the gear int he crack

Hidden ??/2010 -
critchlg 18/Oct/09 AltLd rpt

Simon did 1st pitch, I did then 2nd pitch

with simon4
Simon4 18/Oct/09 AltLd
MarkRyder 17/Oct/09 Lead O/S
with Lee
Ceridwen 13/Sep/09 Lead O/S

Fab route!

with Thomasina, Uber Mike
Hidden 12/Sep/09 2nd O/S
Hidden 12/Sep/09 Lead O/S
Ben Harper 12/Sep/09 AltLd O/S
with lauren davies
Hidden 06/Sep/09 AltLd
Norman_P_W 23/Aug/09 2nd
with Bob M
Bob M 23/Aug/09 Lead
MontyH 08/Aug/09 AltLd

Pete led pitch two, fine climbing, he was v pleased.

with pete frost
Hidden 02/Aug/09 AltLd O/S
Hidden ?/Aug/09 -
mattkemp70 ?/Aug/09 AltLd
with Westy
Graham Westbrook ?/Jul/09 AltLd
Hidden ??/2009 -
mutt ??/2009 -
with Naomi Moran
trev_f 07/Dec/08 Lead O/S

in one pitch

with Ed
critchlg 15/Nov/08 2nd dog

Good half way ledge

Hidden 15/Nov/08 2nd
Bob M 12/Nov/08 Lead
Hidden 19/Oct/08 AltLd rpt
AJ007 19/Oct/08 AltLd
Hidden 12/Oct/08 Lead O/S
givemetea 12/Oct/08 2nd O/S

in one pitch

with Tracey Tomlin
Different Steve 28/Sep/08 Lead rpt
with Guy Reid
Rollo 27/Sep/08 AltLd O/S

Lead 2nd pitch. Mike lead 1st pitch

with Kit
Different Steve 13/Sep/08 AltLd rpt

Led P1

with Simon Chandler
Hidden 12/Sep/08 Lead O/S
MontyH 23/Aug/08 Lead
with Pete Frost and Paul Milton
RocknRoll 13/Apr/08 AltLd O/S

I lead the first pitch, a bit bulgy but was able to jam my body into the corner while placing gear.

with Ramon Marin Martinez
clipskipper 27/Jan/08 AltLd O/S
with Ed Babington
Ed Babs 27/Jan/08 AltLd O/S
Neil Adams 26/Jan/08 Lead O/S
with Andy N
Hidden ??/2008 2nd dog
mike.moss ??/2008 Lead O/S
dcomeau 20/Oct/07 Lead O/S
with Steve Dunn
dobrek 07/Oct/07 Lead O/S
with simon4, Paul W
Hidden 15/Sep/07 2nd
MontyH 15/Sep/07 Lead rpt

lee's first trip in the Ruckle

with lee lander and Paul Milton
dannyboy83 17/Aug/07 AltLd O/S
with Sion
Matt Shepherd 10/May/07 Lead O/S
Hidden 05/May/07 AltLd O/S
Rob Kennard ??/2007 -
Piers Harley 01/Nov/06 AltLd O/S
with Rob Marson
Ramon Marin 07/Oct/06 2nd O/S
with Salomon Fernandez
Bob M 25/Sep/06 AltLd
Norman_P_W 25/Sep/06 AltLd
with Bob M
MontyH 30/Aug/06 Lead O/S

great route full of gear, with some steep moves.

with Brian
Different Steve 25/Aug/06 Lead O/S

What a great route!

with Clare Lambert
Bob M 09/Aug/06 AltLd
Geras 05/Aug/06 AltLd O/S

Nice climb, set us up for the day.

with Ion
john1 05/Jul/06 AltLd rpt
with nick
Hidden ??/2006 Lead O/S
Marti999 ??/2006 AltLd
ChrisBrooke 19/Nov/05 AltLd O/S
with John Inkpen
M_W_Court 20/Oct/05 Lead O/S
Bob M 24/Sep/05 Lead
Norman_P_W 24/Sep/05 2nd
with Bob M
Hidden ?/Sep/05 Lead
Bob M 24/Aug/05 AltLd
with Stewart Walker
Bob M 21/Aug/05 AltLd
Boxy 19/Feb/05 Lead O/S
with Vince
Hidden ??/2005 Lead O/S
feilx ??/2005 -
Hidden 16/Sep/04 Lead
bigie bob ?/Sep/04 Lead O/S
brian watson 21/Aug/04 AltLd
Bob M 21/Aug/04 AltLd
Tightsgirl 01/Aug/04 2nd
with DAJ, Clare Francis
Bob M 18/Jan/04 AltLd
Norman_P_W 18/Jan/04 AltLd
with Bob M
Hidden ??/2004 -
brian watson ??/2004 Lead O/S
andyfeds ??/2004 2nd
with Max S
five ?/Nov/03 Lead O/S
pezzerrr 05/Oct/03 AltLd O/S
Paul_southgate68 ??/2003 Lead O/S
Bob M 20/Sep/02 AltLd
with Stewart Walker
Bob M 26/Aug/02 AltLd
with Julian Taylor
Hidden 18/Aug/02 AltLd O/S
Hidden 03/Aug/02 AltLd
john1 24/Nov/01 Lead O/S

First vs

with Rich
jl 01/Oct/01 AltLd O/S
with Simon Bowler
Hidden 10/Jan/00 2nd
Hidden ??/2000 Lead
Bob M 13/Sep/98 -
with Mark James, Jill Stevens
kp64zl ?/Feb/97 AltLd
with Kirsten
Hidden 11/Sep/96 Lead O/S
cem ?/Sep/96 AltLd O/S

Led p1

with Neil Peck
Hidden 12/Mar/95 Lead O/S
Nigel Coe 21/Feb/93 Lead
kp64zl ?/Jan/92 Lead
with Matt H
steve taylor ??/1992 Lead
sdht ??/1992 -
Hidden 10/Aug/91 AltLd O/S
Nigel Coe 10/Sep/88 AltLd
with Steve Portnoi
Nigel Coe 05/Aug/88 Lead
with Duncan Turner
Dave Musgrove 22/Feb/86 -
Nigel Coe 11/Dec/83 -
with Pete Oxley
Russell Lovett 05/Feb/83 2nd O/S

This was my first ever VS and first trip into the Ruckle, what a scary place for a newbie, but I was in good hands with my climbing partner Tim Dunsby who had taken me under his wing and was learning me my trade. If you ever read this Tim thanks for all the help and good times.

with Tim Dunsby
Nigel Coe 27/Nov/78 AltLd
with Bob Mott
Falko 25/Oct/75 AltLd O/S
with Howard Lancashire
Nigel Bond 23/Feb/74 Lead
with Dave Jolliffe
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