30m, 2 pitches.

Rockfax Description
Good climbing and very exposed. Start at a cave just west of a huge undercut buttress. Low in the grade.
1) 4c, 15m. Climb the corner above the cave, then at the fault-line, move right to belay on a thread around an ammonite.
2) 4c, 15m. Ascend leftwards to a crack in the roof and pull around in a sensational position to continuation cracks. These lead to a ledge and the exit corner as for Nassty Spider. © Rockfax

FA. Pete Crew, P.A.Bell 29.8.64 29/Aug/1964

Ticklists: 100 best limestone climbs in Britain, Orange Spot Swanage, UK Classic Corners, Dorset weekender, Ultimate HVS ticklist, South West VDiff-HVS, The V.S.+ Ticklist, 100 Best South West Mid Grade Routes.

Horton 29/Oct/17 AltLd O/S

Lead P1 which was great fun but very soft. Great holds and easy moves on the 'crux'. P2 was more adventurous and the better of the pitches. Charlie took his first lead fall (on Tom's totem which is racking up the saves) and then decided to not belay one the ropes (it must've got caught somewhere). I fashioned a prusik on the loose rope and self belayed as I climbed. Found a knee bar mid crux and shimmied the prusik up with a spare hand and my teeth... Scary and frustrating at the time but a good story in the pub later

ClimbingAlex 20/Jul/17 Lead O/S

Really enjoyable. Strung both pitches together. Pulling through the roof is on big holds once you find them!

with Edd
Guy Arnold 16/Jul/17 AltLd O/S
Hidden 02/Jul/17 Lead
bryan61 02/Jul/17 2nd O/S

done in 1 pitch

with sally
joey thomas 29/May/17 2nd RP
LJC 23/Apr/17 AltLd rpt


with Herve
simibrown 10/Apr/17 AltLd
with Rich
katiep 06/Apr/17 AltLd O/S

Nice two pitches

Matt Smith 06/Apr/17 AltLd O/S

Mega route! Intimidating, but surprisingly doable. P2

hervenuttall ?/Apr/17 AltLd O/S
with LJC
Ellis Bird ??/2017 AltLd O/S
BarrySW19 29/Aug/16 2nd dog

Tempted to count as a climb, but had to hang on the rope to get some gear out. Route not too bad. Would actually fancy leading this one if I come back here.

with Jon
SenzuBean 29/Aug/16 Lead O/S

First pitch was easy, until the last move to get into the fault line. I could not find the ammonite thread belay either, I looked really hard for it - very sad and disappointed :( Second pitch was fine until the crux. I spent ages climbing up, trying to get in gear, climbing down to rest, climbing back up again - until I figured out where the holds were, and then just sped through the crux. Top-out was fine. Brilliant climb, although still gutted about missing out the ammonite thread.

with Barry
tobypittstucker 18/Aug/16 AltLd
Mike Weatherill 18/Aug/16 AltLd O/S
with Toby
Hidden 30/Jul/16 Lead O/S
w-watson 07/May/16 AltLd
cdpuk 16/Jan/16 AltLd O/S

Led p2. Nice moves.

Hidden 16/Jan/16 Lead O/S
thomas108 ??/2016 -
AlexD 28/Aug/15 Lead O/S

Not one of the better Swanage HVSs I didn't think, all felt a bit tottery on the second half!

with Sophie
Sophie Nunn 28/Aug/15 2nd rpt
with Alex
Andy Chubb 22/Aug/15 AltLd O/S

A classic Boulder Ruckle climb. Me P1. Nick P2. A thrutchy chimney to a good belay ledge with a putrifying dead seagull adding to the atmosphere. Then up left to the overhang with some bold moves to find the jugs which enable you to pull through with ease. A great climb, but a bit sandy.

with Nick Gregory
Katsmiff 09/Aug/15 AltLd O/S

Solid rock. Another lovely climb, a slight crux on each pitch to keep you entertained.

Martin Bagshaw 09/Aug/15 AltLd
Mark Warnett ?/Aug/15 Lead O/S
will_benfold 04/Jul/15 Lead O/S
with Jody Palmer
Julian Prieto 17/May/15 AltLd rpt

Led P2

Monkey_Alan 17/May/15 AltLd rpt
brian watson 17/May/15 2nd rpt
charley 11/May/15 AltLd O/S

Quite an adventure - abbed down in the mist, got soaked boulder hopping, most of the first pitch was wet & then got dived bombed by gulls on the belay (there's currently a nest on the ledge). Great fun though, nice climb and an evening adventure I won't forget...

with Mark
MDR61 11/May/15 AltLd rpt

Super atmospheric ! Abbed in and couldn't see the sea from cliff top really misty and with a big sea running - boulders soaked and so were we !!! Charley led P1 which was soaked, and I did P2 - real adventure as it was getting dark.

with charley
Matt77 09/May/15 AltLd

Led the second pitch. Great fun.

with Shane
islandlynx 09/May/15 AltLd O/S

led p1. Good fun route.

mattprince 18/Apr/15 AltLd O/S
with Will Graham
MDR61 11/Apr/15 AltLd rpt

Led P1 this time, great route at the grade.

with Luca
LJC 11/Apr/15 Lead O/S


with Mark
Shane Willis 26/Mar/15 AltLd O/S

Brilliant route, two spectacular pitches!

Hidden 21/Mar/15 Lead O/S
Chris Sansum 21/Feb/15 AltLd O/S

Ewan P1, Chris P2

with Ewan Whitmey
Russell Lovett ??/2015 2nd O/S

Can't remember date climbed. Early 1980,s.

with Tim Dunsby
ian bryant ??/2015 -
Leo49 ??/2015 -
kp64zl ?/Oct/14 AltLd O/S
with Julian M
elfka 25/Sep/14 Lead β
with Joe Doherty
Dave Thompson 17/Sep/14 AltLd
Hidden 17/Sep/14 AltLd O/S
RFWilkie 07/Sep/14 AltLd O/S

Led 1st pitch

with Mark
Thinker01 07/Sep/14 AltLd O/S

Lead the entertaining top pitch - brilliant position as you pull over the lip.

1202alarm 19/Aug/14 -
with Jamie Evans
clipskipper 20/Jul/14 -

Trade route. Just as good :-)

with Jerome
Hidden 24/Jun/14 AltLd rpt
Monkey_Alan 22/Jun/14 AltLd rpt

Led P2.

Max Streeton 22/Jun/14 AltLd
Joemanglerocks 14/Jun/14 AltLd

Led P2

TimKnight 14/Jun/14 AltLd rpt

Led P1, struggled to get off the ground again!

Hidden 09/Jun/14 AltLd rpt
stuart34 09/Jun/14 AltLd O/S
with Tom thorne
Hidden 14/May/14 Lead rpt
andycash 05/May/14 Lead O/S
with chris day
Duncan Campbell 04/May/14 AltLd O/S

Led P2. Very steady

with Bubbles
felixizzy 04/May/14 Lead O/S
with Steve
Fatclimber 04/May/14 2nd O/S
with Felix
Thunderthighsontheloose 03/May/14 Lead O/S
Bry 03/May/14 AltLd O/S
with Caroline Ashman
MDR61 18/Apr/14 AltLd O/S

1st pitch was led by Ben - although interesting nothing remarkable. However the second pitch was really out there in a safe and controlled way. I led it and found it pretty easy (although full marks for excitement :-)

with Ben, Ian Stephenson
ciderspider 18/Apr/14 2nd O/S

My first intro to HVS and it came on the Ruckle!

with Ben Ware, Ciderslider
Monkey_Alan 13/Apr/14 AltLd rpt

Led P1.

joedoherty 09/Mar/14 AltLd O/S
dobby 200 08/Mar/14 AltLd O/S

Lead P2. Brilliant pitch with big holds just where you want them

Hidden ?/Mar/14 Lead
Hidden ??/2014 -
CurlyStevo ?/Nov/13 Lead

really good climb this - crux on pitch 2 is particularly awesome! This is a 3 star route IMO and only a tiny bit less quality than Jo or Finale Groove IMO Lead all pitches...

with Rob
Robin Woodward ?/Oct/13 AltLd

Lots of guano on the start of P1 (which I seconded), great after that. P2 (which I led) was great with a nice crux on good gear.

halfwaythere 02/Sep/13 AltLd RP
with dave
sarpedon 31/Aug/13 Lead O/S

Climbed it in one pitch. Slightly awkward at the start when getting into the chimney.

Hidden 22/Aug/13 AltLd rpt
TimKnight 18/Aug/13 Lead O/S

Led both pitches. Awkward getting off the ground but worth it for P2, great fun

with Dave Marshall
andy dunn 03/Aug/13 AltLd O/S
with J
Mattzx6r 14/Jul/13 2nd O/S
with luke goble, Sonia
sonic46 14/Jul/13 2nd
mikehenesy 07/Jul/13 AltLd O/S

Second visit. Got Sonia to lead the first pitch, bloody good effort. I discovered (the second time) that there is a 4b/c way of doing it. Second pitch was cracking, not too difficult and with good gear and great holds. Met an RNRMMC club member (Ian, bootie) at the belay.

with Sonia
sonic46 07/Jul/13 AltLd
with Mike H
petegruf 29/Jun/13 AltLd
with nick k
Hidden 29/Jun/13 Lead
sparkass 23/Jun/13 AltLd O/S
wi11 09/Jun/13 AltLd O/S

P2 Hard to get off the gound and an awesome position on p2

with Mat
Monkey_Alan 02/Jun/13 AltLd rpt

Led P1.

joshchalke 02/Jun/13 2nd
Hidden 16/May/13 AltLd O/S
Hidden 16/May/13 AltLd O/S
jon_gill1 05/May/13 AltLd O/S

fantastic adventure which had me drop 9 nuts of my snap gate!5 of which i caught under my shoe on a ledge and my belayer caught 3 whilst the other one went down to the boulders never to be seen again!great fun day out which wont be forgotten in a hurry!

with ross garfoot
will moy 03/May/13 AltLd O/S

pitch 1. hardest move is getting of the ground

with Tom
Hidden 03/May/13 AltLd O/S
leglesslizard 20/Apr/13 AltLd O/S
Hidden 20/Apr/13 AltLd rpt
Peter Lovell 20/Apr/13 AltLd O/S
craggyfingers 29/Mar/13 Lead O/S
ianto ??/2013 -
Hidden ??/2013 -
mikehenesy 08/Dec/12 Lead O/S

Amazing day, sweating at the base of the climbs it was so warm. Bit of an akward start from the cave good though. Ewan could manage it despite his best efforts so retired knackered and I abbed back down so second pitch still to be completed.

with Ewan
Nexonen 07/Oct/12 AltLd O/S
with Phil
Hidden 29/Sep/12 AltLd rpt
tonevert 29/Sep/12 2nd
with Kevin Faux
Kevster 29/Sep/12 Lead rpt

Have I done this before?

Hidden 16/Sep/12 Lead O/S
ardzeiem 16/Sep/12 2nd O/S
with Nic
Hidden 21/Aug/12 Lead
Hidden 30/Jul/12 AltLd O/S
Hidden 30/Jul/12 Lead
Hidden 29/Jul/12 AltLd
Andre Clarke 01/Jul/12 AltLd O/S

Lead first pitch - Very thuggy espcially first move to get off ground

with Alan
Monkey_Alan 01/Jul/12 AltLd rpt

Led P2.

lukerathmell ?/Jul/12 AltLd
with steve
Stroppy 23/Jun/12 Lead O/S

P1 quite easy, then 1 tricky move on P2, maybe I didn't approach it in the right way.

with Luke Johnson
Hidden 04/Jun/12 AltLd
lukerathmell 04/Jun/12 AltLd
with steve
Paul-Michael 27/May/12 AltLd O/S

I lead 2nd pitch seemed shorter than the 1st.

Hidden 13/May/12 AltLd
Monkey_Alan 13/May/12 AltLd rpt

Led P1.

The Ivanator 13/May/12 AltLd rpt

Led pitch 2 over the roof this time, a fun climb.

with Rich
Stewart Armstrong 13/May/12 AltLd O/S
with Monkey Alan
The Ivanator 24/Mar/12 AltLd rpt

A good route. I led P1.

with Toby
Ybot Htulk 24/Mar/12 AltLd


with Ivan
Hidden 26/Feb/12 AltLd
gilmourheid 26/Feb/12 AltLd
with Steve27
chris_B 11/Feb/12 Lead
louby 11/Feb/12 2nd
Hidden 28/Jan/12 AltLd O/S
Hidden 28/Jan/12 AltLd O/S
jamespilgrim 20/Aug/11 AltLd O/S

2nd pitch a bit dirty due to recent heavy rain

with Mark
MarkRyder 20/Aug/11 AltLd O/S
with James P
rd20 15/Jul/11 AltLd O/S


with Patrick
Hidden 10/Jul/11 2nd
Simon Cahill 10/Jul/11 Lead O/S

Lead both pitches, didn't see the annomite thread, bit of an awkward belay, second pitch great climbing but loose, loose, loose!

with Steve (Dorchester)
djking1983 27/Jun/11 Lead O/S
uncontrollable 26/Jun/11 AltLd O/S

led pitch 1

with Alan B
Hidden 26/Jun/11 AltLd O/S
Monkey_Alan 26/Jun/11 AltLd rpt

Led P2.

matt.jj 19/Jun/11 AltLd O/S

Nice route - who leaves all that gear there? Second pitch feels quite loose at crux! Lead first.

Hidden ?/Jun/11 Lead O/S
Dave Mahon ?/Jun/11 AltLd O/S

straight forward climbing but the rock at the top of pitch 2 looks cracked to buggery and may detach. Traversed a metre or two to the left to avoid.

norb ?/Jun/11 2nd
The Ivanator 21/May/11 2nd O/S

The steep crux is a great position on uber jugs, pretty straightforward if you don't hang around. Nice route and easy for a Swanage HVS.

with Stewart
davewing 30/Apr/11 2nd
with Lee
Rhys Jones 22/Apr/11 Lead
with CalshotDave
Hidden 16/Apr/11 AltLd O/S
Monkey_Alan 16/Apr/11 AltLd rpt

Led P2.

Hidden 10/Apr/11 AltLd O/S
Hidden 26/Mar/11 AltLd O/S
Hidden 26/Mar/11 AltLd O/S
Hidden 19/Mar/11 AltLd
Monkey_Alan 19/Mar/11 AltLd rpt

Led P2

Stewart Armstrong ??/2011 -
with Ivan Bicknell
Ceridwen 21/Nov/10 Lead rpt
with Dan McGonigal
Kevster ?/Nov/10 Lead O/S
Monkey_Alan 17/Oct/10 AltLd O/S

Led P1. Some hard moves up the wide crack, but good bridging rests between them.

Julian Prieto 17/Oct/10 AltLd O/S

Led P2.

Hidden 16/Oct/10 AltLd rpt
climbtim 16/Oct/10 AltLd O/S
Hidden 10/Oct/10 AltLd O/S
garywong 25/Jul/10 AltLd rpt

Led 2nd pitch.

kleinej 25/Jul/10 AltLd O/S

Led P1.

with Gary
Geoffers 02/Jul/10 AltLd O/S
with Tim
Ed Griffin 13/Jun/10 2nd O/S
with Neill Turner, Alaric
Hidden 13/Jun/10 Lead O/S
givemetea 12/Jun/10 Lead O/S

soft for the grade

with Helen King
Hidden 23/May/10 AltLd O/S
Joris.Roulleau 23/May/10 Lead O/S
with Mike McKenna
mick1jones 15/May/10 AltLd

I led pitch 1

markfromstoke 18/Apr/10 2nd
with Ian
ian d f 18/Apr/10 Lead O/S
with Mark
clipskipper 10/Apr/10 Lead O/S

Made a direct start up the wall with the thin crack - nice climb but more than HVS

with Davey Boy
Hidden 07/Mar/10 AltLd
colkurtz 07/Mar/10 AltLd
with Robb
Graham Westbrook ?/Mar/10 AltLd
mattkemp70 ?/Mar/10 AltLd
with Westy
Hidden ??/2010 -
Ken Taylor ??/2010 -
cayteye 12/Oct/09 AltLd O/S

I led pitch 1- 4c

with Brian Mead
Dunx 30/Aug/09 AltLd O/S
with Adam
Sophie Nunn 14/Jul/09 AltLd
sgl 10/Jul/09 AltLd O/S
with Jez
jezb1 09/Jul/09 AltLd

Ld P1

Elliot King LC&CC ?/Jun/09 2nd
garywong 09/May/09 AltLd O/S

Led 2nd pitch.

white tornado 12/Apr/09 2nd

Beware loose rock on 2nd pitch! A piece the size of a suitcase came off when I was pulling round the roof. Keep as far right as you can at this point.

with Neil W
jamie ward 05/Apr/09 2nd O/S
with Marcus Harvey
Hidden 31/Mar/09 2nd rpt
duncan 31/Mar/09 Lead O/S
Ceridwen 22/Mar/09 2nd β
with Andy Mosienko
Hidden 22/Mar/09 Lead rpt
Hidden 22/Mar/09 2nd rpt
davenev 15/Mar/09 AltLd O/S

Lead P1 - slightly grim start but from then on great climbing. Solid chimney and awesome exposed move over the bulge.

with luke
Mr Tickle 15/Mar/09 AltLd O/S

led 2nd pitch...nice moves over overhang on really good holds

with davenev
Hidden ??/2009 -
Different Steve 26/Sep/08 AltLd rpt

Led P2 again

with Guy Reid
davidgent ?/Jul/08 Lead O/S

led both pitches

with Ben Ram
Matt Bennett 14/Jun/08 AltLd

lead crux pitch

tobydunford 31/May/08 Lead O/S
LiLaMont 31/May/08 2nd β
JPGR 08/May/08 2nd
with Steve
Owen W-G 03/May/08 Lead O/S

Rare for Swanage - not at least one grade undergraded!

with Tony Seale
Richard Horn 03/May/08 AltLd O/S
Hidden 24/Feb/08 Lead O/S
RocknRoll 19/Dec/07 AltLd O/S

I lead first pitch, tricky start, Tris lead second which had a difficult overhanging bulge

with Tris
Oliver Sherman 30/Sep/07 AltLd
dobrek 22/Sep/07 Lead dog
with Chuck
Different Steve 22/Sep/07 AltLd O/S

Led P2 - great fun

with Martin Hore & Guy Reid
TimPerkin 16/Sep/07 AltLd O/S
with Dave Gale
Hidden 10/Aug/07 AltLd O/S
Matt Shepherd 10/Aug/07 AltLd
Ed Babs 03/Aug/07 Lead O/S
with Kate
john1 ?/May/07 AltLd O/S
with nick
Hidden 21/Mar/07 AltLd O/S
beardy mike ??/2007 -
with Rob Scheicl
brian watson ??/2007 AltLd O/S

lead P2

jamieevans ??/2007 Lead
Rob Kennard ??/2007 -
mike.moss ??/2007 Lead O/S
topsyturvy ??/2007 AltLd O/S

second pitch

Bob M 12/Nov/06 AltLd

The archetypal Ruckle experience – outrageously steep, hugely exposed, but with big jugs to compensate

Norman_P_W 12/Nov/06 AltLd
with Bob M
ChrisBrooke 21/Aug/06 AltLd O/S
with John Inkpen
Hidden ?/Aug/06 Lead
Hidden 28/May/06 AltLd O/S
dan gibson 28/Apr/06 AltLd rpt
with jamie evans
andyfeds 28/Apr/06 AltLd O/S

I led first pitch, Max the second

with Max S, Andy C
Hidden ?/Apr/06 2nd O/S
bigie bob 18/Mar/06 2nd O/S
feeko ??/2006 -
Hidden ??/2006 -
Hidden ??/2006 -
dan gibson ??/2006 -
chrisbevins ??/2006 Lead O/S
Marti999 ??/2006 Lead
maybe_si ?/Sep/05 Lead O/S
feilx ??/2005 -
Hidden 08/Jun/04 2nd O/S
pezzerrr 09/Apr/04 Lead O/S
colin milton 14/Sep/03 Lead rpt
with Dave V
Hidden 03/Aug/03 Lead O/S
Hidden 03/Aug/03 Lead
Ian JL ?/Jul/02 Lead O/S
with Duncan Henderson
Jim Walton ??/2002 -
with Matthew Stammers
Hidden 05/Sep/01 AltLd
Hidden 30/Jun/01 AltLd
Hidden 09/May/99 2nd rpt
Ally Smith ?/Oct/98 Lead O/S

Date is a guess.

Hidden ??/1997 -
Hidden ??/1996 Lead O/S
mikej 27/Sep/95 AltLd
with Mike Byles
colin milton 27/Aug/95 AltLd
with eric milton
tracyclimber 21/May/95 Lead

Excellent climb

Roget 04/Mar/95 AltLd O/S
with jon
William Robertson ??/1995 Lead O/S
with Emily, Steve, Shaun etc
Hidden ?/May/94 2nd
Okecroak 30/Aug/93 AltLd O/S
with G Scott
Hidden 09/Aug/93 2nd
Nigel Coe 18/Apr/93 -

Party of 4 and too many ropes!

sdht ??/1993 -
MoWalker3 28/Jun/92 AltLd
with Joe
ellie macpherson ?/Jun/92 Lead

2 totally contrasting pitches, Really wild cutloose move over the over hang. V atmospheric

with Ian Holmes
kp64zl ?/Dec/91 Lead
with Jim
Robmwatt ??/1990 -
steve taylor ?/Jul/89 AltLd
with steve kerr
Nigel Coe 04/Jun/88 -
with Brian Wyvill
DDDD ??/1988 Lead O/S
with Neil
Nigel Coe ?/Oct/87 2nd

In trainers as I'd forgotten my rock shoes.

ill_bill ??/1986 AltLd
GuyM ??/1985 -
Nigel Coe 20/Aug/83 -
with Steve Portnoi
Chris Terrey ?/Jun/81 2nd
with Mike Morrison
Dave Musgrove 22/Feb/81 AltLd
with Mike Butler
Falko 22/Oct/78 AltLd O/S
with Howard Lancashire
Nigel Coe 22/Oct/78 -
with Robin Wilson, Bob Mott
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