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