Climbs 53
Rocktype Chalk

Faces SE

Groove on © David Barlow

Crag features

Mostly steep serious multi-pitch trad chalk routes. Climbing is with axes/crampons, and protection is primary with warthogs that need a lump hammer to place them. Placing them takes time, effort, and two hands, so clipping to your axes and weighting them is generally considered ethically ok. The area is covered in the 2008 CC Sandstone guide however many of the routes have changed form or sometimes fallen down so this is a crag for the adventurous. The area is largely tidal.

Note that bird bans commence on 1st Feb for place on some sections of the cliffs (see BMC link below).

It is essential that you contact the coastguard before and after climbing. Their number is 01304 210008.

Approach notes

It is essential that you contact the coastguard before and after climbing. Their number is 01304 210008.

Note that Dover North has a separate BMC Access page also with bird bans.

Restricted Access

The stretch of cliffs between Dover and Kingsdown is owned by the National Trust and designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and Special Area of Conservation. West of the 'zig zag' path descent route, climbing is banned year round due to security concerns from Dover Port (in reality this affects only one route, 'The One way Valve').

Seasonal Restrictions

Dates: 1 February to 31 August

Reason: Nesting Birds

Between 'Sentiera Luminosa' and 'The Verdant Tube' inclusively, climbing is restricted due to nesting peregrines between 1st March and 31st August. Between 'Some Like it Hot' and 'The Tube' inclusively, climbing is restricted due to nesting ravens between 1st Feb and 31st August

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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  Cliffs to the West of Dover
2 Dukes of Hazard A3  
  Dover Main Area
4 The One Way Valve IV  
5 The Verdant Tube
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III 3
6 Sentiera Luminosa V  
7 Some Like It Hot
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V 1
8 Dover Soul
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V 2
9 Canine Friend
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IV  
10 Another Thornhill Solo III  
11 Fisherman's Friend
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V  
12 The Great White Fright
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VIII *** 3
13 The Tube
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IV ** 12
14 The Cormorant V  
15 The Fortress
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VI ***  
16 Holey Ghost
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V **  
17 Retrospect Is Evil VI  
18 No Surrender
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IV  
19 Escape Hatch
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IV  
20 White Man in Hammersmith Palais V  
21 South Face of Kent
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VI *** 1
22 In the Line of Fire VI  
23 Channel Holes
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VI ***  
24 Channel Holes - Left-hand Finish
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V  
25 The Flying Doctor
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VI  
26 Conchalktivitis Slab IV 2
27 Desperate Dan
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V  
28 The Chalker Spur
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VI  
29 Careless Chalk Costs Lives
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VI  
30 Careless Armadillo
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V  
31 Mistaken Identity
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V  
32 Old Red Eyes
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V *  
33 Sound Effects V  
34 Sound Effects - The Inevitable Plastic Inflatable Finish
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IV  
35 Dry Ice III ** 7
36 Life Begins at 30 IV 1
37 Hidden Treasure
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IV  

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