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Altitude 27m a.s.l
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Portland Bouldering © Tommy Harris

Crag features

The sprawling mass of boulders under the Cuttings cliffs provides an interesting and varied (if a little esoteric) bouldering venue. The development of the Cuttings Boulderfield coincided with the first commercially available bouldering mats and it is hard to imagine bouldering here without one. The high concentration of problems and generally smooth rock suit both circuits and sessioning. A bouldering mat is essential since the landings, whilst not overtly dangerous, tend to be rocky. The boulders are generally small in stature and sit-starts are the norm. The boulderfield can be conveniently divided into two main sectors - north and south. The southern sector sits below the ruined Rufus Castle and the New Cuttings. The northern sector extends beyond The Cuttings cliff. A continuous path links sectors and is referred to in this guide as the Main Boulderfield Path. Another path hugs the coastline around the perimeter of the boulderfield and we have referred to this as the coastal path. For those unfamiliar with the Boulderfield navigation can be difficult. It is best to stick to paths whenever possible. When going 'off-piste' the extensive areas of scree should be preferred over vegetated areas - the brambles and thorns are plentiful and unforgiving.

Approach notes

Drive through Easton towards Southwell to the Church Ope car park. Walk back up the road for 50m, and at the tiny Portland Museum, turn right onto Church Ope Road. Follow the road under an arch to a viewpoint - a flat area with some benches directly under Rufus Castle. From here, follow the approach to either the northern or southern sectors.

An alternative and popular approach is to use the often muddy track to the right of Mermaid House. This leads in turn to the wide track overlooking the Boulderfield - turn left for the northern sector or right for the southern sector.

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Dorset Bouldering

Dorset has emerged as a major bouldering area in recent years thanks to the hard work of a bunch of diligent locals who have combed the coastline seeking out every block, problem and traverse. In addition to the well known areas of the Cuttings, the Boulderfield and the Neddyfields, the book has extensive information on the West Coast of Portland, many more areas on the East Coast, plus Swanage and Lulworth. It describes over 1500 boulder problems on over 350 pages.
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  Church Ope Problems
2 Alchemy f5+ * 13
3 Aether f4+ * 23
4 The Groove f3 35
5 Earth f5 * 24
6 Fire f6A * 32
7 Air f6A ** 40
8 Water f6A ** 39
9 Phlogiston f5+ * 40
10 The Philosopher's Stone f6B ** 31
11 Terror Arête f6A * 8
12 Terror Traverse f6B ** 5
13 Terror Crack f5 * 20
14 Ménage a Trois f6A ** 45
15 Bordo Della Terra f7B *** 15
16 The Cutting Room f6C+ * 14
17 Line Your Pockets f6A+ ** 1
  Southern Boulders
19 Tin Man f4+ * 5
20 Tick and Tin f5+ * 5
21 Sisyphus Traverse f5+ * 13
22 Heartbleed f5+ ** 17
23 Cyber Panic f6A ** 14
24 The Chisel f6A * 11
25 Sans Gorilla f5 11
26 Shear Stress f5+ * 7
27 Force Member f6A * 5
28 A Moment in Time f6A * 3
29 Valerian f4+ * 39
30 Keep Off the Grass f3+ * 33
31 Shapur f5+ * 34
32 Battle of Edessa f5 * 33
33 Sassanid Supremacy f5 * 32
34 Underground f4+ * 3
35 Anasazi Lost f7A ** 31
36 Fakir f5 31
37 Espresso Martini f7A 4
38 Seven Fish f6B *** 36
39 Double Espresso f7A+ * 1
40 Black Airag f5 * 8
41 Empire of Silver f6B * 3
42 Bones of the Hills f6B+ * 5
43 Wolf of the Plains f6B+ * 4
44 The Cold Face f6A 6
45 Nighttime, Daytime f7A+ * 6
46 The £100 Pork Scratching f6A * 33
47 Swoop and Scoop f6A * 20
48 The Howeller f6B * 24
49 Defilade f5+ * 33
50 Ladies Night f7B ** 18
51 Staunch, Bru f6A ** 35
52 Pockets f6A * 15
53 Jam Eater f5+ 19
  Central Ridge Boulders
55 Day One f6A+ * 4
56 Day Two f6A+ * 5
57 Perched Face f5 7
58 Perched Arête Left f6B * 4
59 Perched Arête f5 6
60 Perched Slab f3 7
61 E.T. f5+ * 33
62 The Three Princes of Serendip f6B ** 20
63 Serendipity Pattern f6A+ ** 23
64 Canada Dried f6A ** 37
65 Le Voie, Le Soleil f6A ** 16
66 Ajare f6C ** 2
67 Voodoo Ray f5+ 20
68 Odyssey to Anyoona f6A 8
69 Witch Doktor f6B * 12
70 Sound of Eden f6B+ * 3
71 True Faith f6C ** 2
72 Vernon's Wonderland f5+ 7
73 The Fly f6C ** 9
74 Rock and Robin f6B+ * 10
75 Round Robin f6C ** 10
76 Escape from Hades f6B+ * 5
77 The Edge of Hell f6A * 12
78 Make it Snappy f5+ 26
79 Boris the Crowbar f3 56
80 Snapping at Your Toes f6A 25
81 Juggy Traverse f3 * 46
82 Parky's Pitstop f3 52
83 Another Ton of Rock f4 55
84 Distant Fox f4 * 55
85 Noisy Bastards f3 48
86 Sunshine Traverse f4 47
87 Churchill f5+ * 4
88 Hogojiberry f7A+ ** 1
89 Indirect Line f7A ** 4
90 Deep Freeze f3 4
91 Snowflakes f6C+ ** 12
92 Snowflakes, Sit-start f7A+ ** 7
93 Avoiding the Issue f6A * 8
94 Timbo Dancer f6A+ * 4
95 Root of All Evil f5+ * 2
96 King f6C ** 6
97 Kong f7A ** 4
98 Pitch Fork f6A+ 3
99 Slapstick f6A * 4
  Topside and Bottomside
101 Acid House f7A+ ** 26
102 Moscow Mule f6B+ *  
103 Glue f6B+ * 7
104 Glue, Sit-start f6C *  
105 Filth f6B+ 1
106 Hard Porno f6C  
107 Porno f6B+ 4
108 Banana Infused f6B+ * 1
109 A Viable Alternative f5+ 1
110 The Ramp f3 26
111 Blue Skies f5+ * 144
112 Blue Skies, Sit-start f6B * 30
113 Jo's Arête f5 * 196
114 Jo's Arête, Sit-start f6B * 37
115 Nu Breed f5+ * 126
116 Nu Breed, Sit-start f6C ** 161
117 Simples f5+ * 26
118 Pleasant Greetings f7A * 37
119 Global Underground f5+ 33
120 Global Underground, Sit-start f6B+ * 4
121 DT5 f6B+ *  
122 Rocky and Diesel f6A *** 177
123 Made in the Shade f6B * 50
124 Slim Shady f3 31
125 Plain Awkward f6B 11
126 The Terminator f7A ** 104
127 Africa f6B+ * 8
128 The Rift f5+ 15
129 Anvil Arête f3 103
130 Hammer Time f4 * 180
131 Hammer Time Sit-start f4+ * 54
132 Smash 'n' Grab f5+ * 19
133 Smash 'n' Grab Sit-Start f6B * 18
134 The Anvil f5 * 128
135 The Anvil, Sit-start f5+ * 46
136 Breaking Rocks f5 * 113
137 Breaking Rocks, Sit-start f5+ * 35
138 Anvil Traverse f6A * 5
139 Rumour Mill f7A * 2
140 Just Another Lip Traverse f5+ 2
141 Gunmetal Slab Left f3 * 34
142 Gunmetal Slab Right f3 * 39
143 Man Hug f6A * 15
144 Bear Hug f6B+ ** 13
145 Grizzly Style f7A ** 24
146 Stress Fracture f6A * 7
147 Pinky Power f7A * 84
148 Pinky Powerless f6A 39
149 Full Power f7A+ * 9
150 V1 Mantel f6A+ * 9
151 The Prow f6B * 48
152 Liquid Sun f7A+ *** 25
153 Liquid Sunshine f7B+ *** 18
154 Storm Running f7A ** 14
155 Rain Dodging f6B * 44
156 Rain Dodging Lower Left Start f7A+ 18
157 A Bracing Dampness f6B+ * 22
158 Firefight f7B * 4
159 Storm Front f6B * 2
160 Nice Tree Arête f5+ * 5
  Block Road Area
162 Masons Arête f6A+ * 3
163 Secret Handshake f6C ** 28
164 Hot Ride f7A+ ** 31
165 Claustrophobia f6A * 2
166 Gasoline and Apple Pie f6B+ 7
167 Up to Our Old Tricks f5+ 20
168 Off to Cham f6A+ 5
169 Tim's Traverse f6A+ * 12
170 Jump and Mantel f5+ * 20
171 Days of Colour f6A * 23
172 In-filler f5+ 17
173 Polyfiller f6A * 20
174 Filler-In f5+ 18
175 Halfway Slab f3 34
176 Thrupenny Bits f4+ * 63
177 Bristol Cities f4+ * 61
178 Halfway Traverse f5 31
179 Stake Night f6A+ *  
180 Buffy f5+ 14
Climb name Grade
181 Spike f5+ * 16
182 Spiked f6A *  
183 Spike Slab f5 *  
184 The Last Spike f5 *  
185 Harmageddon f6C+ ** 2
186 Genedefekt f5+ * 22
187 Green Velvet f6C 2
188 La La Land f6A 18
189 Minimum Rage f6B * 15
190 Waiting for the Day to End f6B+ 5
191 Souless f6B 3
192 Soulful f6B * 16
193 Southern Soul f6C *** 59
194 Uncle Ben's f5+ * 30
195 Non-stick f6A * 41
196 Lonely Vigil f4+ 130
197 Tommy Cliffhanger f5+ * 57
198 Tommy Cliffhanger, Sit-start f6A+ 7
199 One for the Road f7A ** 1
200 Toll Booth Arête f5+ * 52
201 Toll Booth Arête, Sit-start f6C+ ** 37
202 The Dominator f5+ * 44
203 The Dominator, Sit-start f6B 36
204 Cotoneastrophe f5+ 6
205 Memory Lapse f6A+ ** 9
206 Forget-me-not f4 * 8
207 Doogy Howser Gets Laid f6B 9
208 Doogy Howser Gets VD f6C+ * 6
209 Lightning Strike f7A+ *** 121
210 Relativity f7A *** 141
211 Faraday's Cage f7A+ *** 7
212 Teleforce f7A ** 20
213 Electrostatic f5+ 12
214 Over the Line f3 56
215 Streamline f6A ** 86
216 Streamline, Sit-start f6B ** 160
217 Plumbline f7A+ ** 2
218 Behind Enemy Lines f5+ 22
219 Tunnel Slab f3 79
220 Bling, Bling f6C * 85
221 Pornographic Beats f6C+ ** 38
222 Tunnel Vision f6A * 17
223 In Ya Face f6B+ * 69
224 Right In Ya Face f7A ** 27
225 Fart Right in Your Face f7A+ ** 1
226 Van Diesel f6B+ * 2
227 Van Rouge f6C * 4
228 Van Blanc f7A * 12
229 Van Dal f4 6
230 Van Man f4+ * 8
231 Van Dyke f6A * 6
232 Achilles Heel f6B * 47
233 Achilles Heel Direct f6B+ 10
234 The Scene f6B ** 50
235 A Wing or a Prayer f6C *** 5
236 Hello Sailor! f6A * 49
237 The Fear f5 * 58
238 I Don't Lichen it f6A 10
239 Bird Shit Slab f5 20
240 Bird Shit Arête f6A * 15
  Under Bower Area
242 Stay off the Weed f7A+ * 5
243 Tension Set f7C+ *** 8
244 You Can Go Now f8B 4
245 Rough As f4+ * 6
246 A Bit of Rough f5+ * 7
247 Rough Building Worker f4 * 12
248 Rough Luck f5+ * 7
249 White Tip f4+ 11
250 Jaws f6A * 10
251 Great White f5+ * 15
252 Hammerhead f3 ** 20
253 Bower Saving f3 * 4
254 If You're Passing f4+ * 3
255 Bowerbird f6A * 3
256 Low Bower f6A ** 2
257 Proximity Flying f6B * 2
258 Bower Power f5 * 4
259 Bower Up f4 5
260 Queen Bee f6C * 3
261 The Coefficient of Friction f6C 2
262 The Grinder f6B+ * 1
263 Above and Beyond f6B+ **  
  The Congo
265 Vee Zero My Arse * V0 3
266 The Strengthy and Reachy Show f6A 2
267 The Strengthy and Reachy Show, Stand-up V0+ 2
268 Over the Shoulder Boulder Holder f5+ *  
269 Shoulder Arête f4 4
270 Shoulder to Cry On * VB 3
271 Head Arête Direct f4 3
272 Head Arête f5 1
273 Soggy Brain f5+ * 2
274 Goodbye Sweet Hat f6C+ 1
275 Back of The Head f4 2
276 One Tree Hole f6C+ * 1
277 Ant Hill Traverse f6A * 1
278 Ant Hill Escape f6B 2
279 Ant Hill Escape, Stand Start V2 3
280 Tare A Pin V3 1
281 Tight as a Mouse's Ear f6C+  
282 Secretly Canadian f6A * 3
283 The Canadian f5+ * 3
284 Canadian Rage f6B ** 3
285 14 Years BC f6C+ ** 2
286 Beast of the Boulderfield f6C ** 1
287 Shallow Grave f6C+ ** 2
288 Earth Works f6C ** 2
289 36 Days a Lion f6B ** 1
290 Making Hay f4+ * 7
291 A Break in the Weather f5+ * 6
292 A Cut Below the Rest f5 * 6
293 Wet Socks f4+ ** 8
294 Indecent Exposure f4+ * 6
  Upper Stone Hut Area
296 Sliding Hope f6B * 1
297 Hope Slide Left f7A ** 1
298 Hope Slide f7A *** 6
299 Stoked f7B+ ** 2
300 Cheese Grater f7A ** 4
301 Grate Escape f6B+ * 3
302 Napalm f6A 15
303 I'm a Swinger Baby, Yeah f6A * 11
304 Tripomatic Fairytales f6B+ * 6
305 Downwards Spiral f6B+ * 4
306 Once Underground f6B 1
307 The Caledonian f4+ 1
308 Sub Zero f6B+ * 1
309 Absolute Zero f6C * 1
310 Eco Terrorists f6B+ * 10
311 Cat Killer f6B *** 81
312 Nine Lives Lost f6B * 19
313 Tour de Bloc f6B+ * 7
314 Destroyed by Vandals f6B+ * 2
315 Created by Visigoths f6C ** 3
316 Sacking of Home f6A * 4
317 Sausage Fingers f6C+ *  
318 Jabba The Hut f4+ * 36
319 Ouch Left f6B * 6
320 Ouch! f6B+ * 27
321 Southwest Arête f5+ * 44
322 Up to the Pod f4+ * 24
323 Southeast Arête f6A 46
324 Jurassic Slab Arête f3 * 28
325 Jurassic Slab f3 * 68
326 Hut Arête f4+ * 24
327 Attempted Suicide f6A 5
328 Assisted Suicide f5 11
329 Corridors of Power f5+ * 9
330 A Dog's Life f5+ * 2
331 The Longest Winter f5+ * 2
332 Forever Cold f5 * 2
333 The Landman Project f7A+ * 1
334 The Landman Project, Sit-start f8A+ *  
335 Workshy f7B ** 9
336 Workaholic f8A ** 1
337 Behind the Bike Sheds f5+ 3
338 Warm-up Arête Right f4+ 55
339 Neal's Problem f5+ * 83
340 One in Ten f5+ 68
341 Deputy Donut f4+ * 118
342 Sheriff Fat Man f5+ 105
343 Big Society f5+ 9
344 Homer Simpson f5 * 76
345 Community Service f5+ * 17
346 Warm-up Escape f4 67
347 Warm-up Wall f5 59
348 Warm-up Arête Left f4 68
349 Grave Robbing f5+ 7
350 Don't Touch Me f6B+ * 4
351 Six Feet Under f5+ * 8
352 Roach Traverse f6B+ * 3
353 Ken Barlow f6A * 2
354 Cucaracha f4 2
355 Crimea River f6C+ ** 2
356 Putin up a Fight f6C * 2
357 Choose Wisely f4+ * 3
358 Old School f4 * 3
359 The Last Lip f6C * 3
360 V for Vendetta f6C+ ** 64
Climb name Grade
361 Norsefire f6A * 38
362 Norsefire, Stand-up f4+ * 28
363 Hung Out to Dry f5+ * 66
364 Sundance f5+ ** 90
365 Super Nova f3 * 78
366 Sun Spot f4+ * 82
367 Wolf Number f3 * 82
368 Boulder Brolly f5+ 6
369 Exit Denied * f6A 3
370 Into the Sun f6A * 24
371 Coronal Mass Ejection f6C ** 76
372 By the Edge of Reason f6C * 5
373 NANUQ f7B+ ** 1
374 Years Around the Sun f7A+ ** 70
375 Before Ava Arrives f8A ** 7
376 Lost Decade f7A ** 116
377 Lamb Shank f6B+ * 30
378 Rolling Stones f6A 36
379 Thanks for the Cash f6B+ 7
380 Dickhead Plumber f7A * 17
381 The Lip Traverse f6A ** 98
382 The Lip Traverse, Sit-start f6C * 13
383 Pop Start f6A ** 26
384 The Crack f4+ ** 188
385 The Crack, Sit-start f5+ *** 35
386 The Arête f6A * 121
387 The Arête, Sit-start f6A+ ** 25
388 Apex * f4+ 1
389 Little Slab f4 14
390 Blood Bath f6C * 13
391 Baby Bath f6B *  
392 Trout Pout f6B * 56
393 Petty Thief f7A ** 60
394 Split Lip f7A+ ** 35
395 Lip Service f7A+ * 11
396 Cavity Search f7A+ *** 35
397 Petty Thief, Lip Start f6A * 75
398 Split Lip, Lip Start f6B+ * 58
399 Lip Service, Lip Start f6C * 7
400 Cavity Search, Lip Start f6B+ * 27
401 Super Petty Thief f7A+ * 2
402 Super Split Lip f7B * 1
403 Super Lip Service f7B+ * 1
  Lower Stone Hut Area
405 Canine f5 13
406 Incisor f5 15
407 Little Bones f5 * 9
408 Low Ground Clearance f6A+ * 7
409 Ferdinand Magellan f5+ * 30
410 The Pocket Traverse f6A * 33
411 Leif Ericson f6C+ * 1
412 Christopher Columbus f7A+ ** 12
413 Super Christopher Columbus f7B * 1
414 Tufty f6A ** 158
415 Virgin Albino f7A ** 9
416 Crouching Start, Hidden Agenda f6B+ *** 146
417 Vasco de Gama f6C ** 29
418 Hard Labour f5+ *** 204
419 Captain Cook f6A ** 135
420 The World's Best Mono II! f6C ** 54
  Glitter Gulch
422 Camel Toe f5+ * 2
423 Camelot f4+ * 2
424 Got the Hump f3 * 2
425 Deserted f5 * 2
426 The Guillotine f6B+ * 2
427 Blood Blister f6B+ * 2
428 Bloodsucker f6B+ * 2
429 Blood Loss f5+ 2
430 Far Side f4 * 2
431 Far Groove f6A * 2
432 The Best Thing Since Sliced Flesh f6C+ ** 3
433 Crankcase f6B 2
434 Charity Case f3 * 2
435 Dust Storm f6A * 2
436 First Impressions f6A * 11
437 Canada Day f6B * 2
438 Silent Hill f6B+ * 7
439 Edge of Darkness f6A * 3
440 The Dark Side f5 3
441 Lower Half of a Woman f6C * 2
442 Neil Armstrong f7A ** 68
443 Lance Armstrong f6B+ * 16
444 Lemon Jelly f6B ** 48
445 Lemon Jelly w/Block f6A * 14
446 Bag o' Shite f6B 8
447 The Death of Kings f6C ** 18
448 Dreaming of Milly f5+ *  
449 Grafenberg f6C+ * 21
450 Dirty Toe Rag f7A *  
451 Shark Bait f6A ** 13
452 Dug f4+ * 28
453 Dig f6A * 31
454 T.T.T. f6A 17
455 Big Wall f6A * 18
456 Stubble Struggle f7A * 1
457 9.82 Excuses f6A ** 1
458 Declassified f7A+ *** 33
459 It's a Path f4+ * 3
460 Choose Your Path f4+ * 2
461 Driven by Obsession f6B+ * 2
462 Dusty Rainbow f4+ * 2
463 The Little Black Terrorist f5+ * 6
464 Dragon Chasers f6A * 3
465 Poxey Boulder f6A * 4
466 Sitting Down on the Job f4 6
467 Climber Reviver f4 3
468 Slippery When Wet f4+ * 2
469 Bar Bar Black Sheep f6A ** 2
470 Warren Beatty f6B * 1
471 Tangtastic f6C * 1
472 Diamond Solitaire f5+ * 11
473 Rising Damp f5+ * 2
474 A Touch of Scouse f5+ * 3
475 Bugs f6A+ * 3
476 Bad Blood f4+ 5
477 Dog Days f6B * 4
478 Gastric Bandits f5 * 3
479 Eat, Sleep, Climb, Repeat f4 3
480 The Magic Porridge Pot f4 3
481 Left Hook f6B+ * 15
482 Technical Knockout f6A+ 14
483 Smoking Joe f7A * 20
484 Right Hook f6B+ ** 13
485 Southpaw f6B ** 11
486 Banana Pancakes f6B * 17
487 Full English, Left f6C+ ** 8
488 Full English f6B+ ** 12
489 The Hand of God f5+ 11
490 The Hand of Tim f5+ 11
491 Known Unknowns f4 6
492 Unknown Unknowns f4 6
493 Remember the Lost f6B+ * 5
494 Develop Incognito f6B+ * 6
495 Unknown Developer f5+ * 7
496 Architect Anonymous f5+ * 7
497 Unknown Traverse f6B+ * 2
498 Uncharted f6B * 6
499 Once Too Deep f3 * 6
500 Over Exuberant Excavation f3 * 6
501 Point Load f6A * 3
502 Spicy Traverse f5 * 3
503 Sitzpinker f5+ * 6
504 Hounds of Darkness f6A * 4
505 Mutilation of the Herms f6B * 4
506 Bathos f5 * 5
507 Sophistical Contrivances f6C * 3
508 Threadworm f5+ * 5
509 Threadless f5 * 5
510 Threadbare f6A+ * 5
511 Public Inquiry f6A+ * 3
  East Weares Beach
513 High Heels and Lowlifes f6C ** 1
514 Plebs Like Me f6B+ * 1
515 The Gift of Being Gullible f6B * 1
516 Smart Phones, Stupid People f5+ * 1
517 Boulders Don't Kill People, Rabbits Do f6B ** 1
518 The World's Best Beagle f6A * 1
519 The Shag f6C * 1
520 The Cormorant f6B+ ** 3
521 The Old Ones Are the Best f3 * 2
522 Better With Age f3 * 2
523 Built to Last f3 * 2
524 Old Guys Rule f3 * 2
525 Tough As Old Boots f4 * 2
526 Dead Man's Toes f3 * 2
527 The Performer f6B+ * 1
528 The Contortionist f6B+ * 1
  The White Tower
530 Banner in the Sky f4+ * 21
531 The White Tower f6A ** 18
532 And Not to Yield f6B *** 13
533 Space Below My Feet f4+ * 9
534 Flight of the Condor f6A ** 8
535 Zippit Shrimpy * V3 2
  Unknown Problems - Not In Rockfax
537 Old Codes, New Chaos *
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V2 11
538 Swamp Bromance * V4 ** 1
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