Climbs 96
Rocktype Limestone
Altitude Tidal
Faces S

south coast winter © Tommy Harris

Crag features

Two contrasting walls near a couple of rock amphitheatres. One is a great beginners area the other has some steep hard routes. Escape is easy and routes mostly start from a non-tidal ledge, which do get washed in rough seas. Abseil approach or scranble down.

Approach notes

From Durlston Car Park follow the road towards the lighthouse then turn west (right - looking out) along the coast path. Continue along here and 150m beyond the 4th stone wall from the lighthouse (the western limit of Durlston Country park) the cliff-top path dips into a small valley above a slabby cove. Cross the fence here at a small stile. This is Amphitheatre Ledge. For the Isis and Hangover Areas either follow an exposed narrow path along the cliff-top, contouring right (looking out). Pass several belay stakes until you come to a large gearing-up ledge after 200m (just beyond another large amphitheatre known as the Lecture Theatre). Alternatively continue along the main coast path, cross a stile and follow a steep path leading down through nettle beds, and past a tall post, to the cliff-top gearing up ledge.

Additional details - July 2010: There appears to have been some land slippage a couple of feet in length half way along the narrow cliff top path, it was still passable but very suspect. Probably now best to take the alternative approach path mentioned above and make your own assessment of the situation from there.

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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 Unknown Ledge 
HVS 5a  
3Blast Suburbia
4Fuel My Fire8a+ **1
5Jesus and Mary ChainE3 6a **5
6The God SlotHVS 5a **10
VS 4c 4
8Squeeze ChimneyHS 4b 5
9Doppler Shift
HVS 5a 1
10Joe Joe's RouteHVS 5a 1
HVS 4c 3
12Swingtime Direct
E2 6a 1
13DamsonHVS 5a **17
14Unknown Ledge TraverseS 4a *5
 Flake Ledge 
16The Coral PrisonVS 4b *53
HS 4a 54
18Hell's TeethHVS 5a *33
19MoonstoneE1 5b *21
E1 5b 3
21Aguas VerdesE1 5b *6
VD 45
23Clove ItchVS 4b 1
24GrottleVD *127
VD 45
26P.U.M.HS 4a 7
27Mary Rose
VS 4b 36
28LobsterHVS 5b *22
29ThermidorE2 5b 4
30ChalkfreeE1 5b  
HVS 5b 1
32Make Like a Bird
HVS 5a 3
33Wessex HangoverVS 4c **65
 The Jumble 
35Wessex WayHS 4b 15
36Curving Corner
D 36
VD 14
38Blow Hole Route
D 19
VD 24
S 44
HVS 5c 9
VS 5a 26
43Crazy Fingers
E1 6a 1
E2 6a 1
E3 5c  
46The Beastly Step
VD 14
 Hangover Area 
48Form a Queue
VS 4c 43
49The Beastly TraverseVD 28
50Scrambler's WallVD 14
51InspirationS 4a 621
52Lost In TranslationVS 4c *24
53ConsolationS 4a 549
54ChockneyVD 4a *842
55The ChimneyVD *467
56The Chimney (Direct Finish)S 4a 232
57HangoverVS 5a **407
58ResurrectionHS 4b *533
59PerfectionS 4a 270
60Old Lag's CornerVS 4c *315
61Bunneys wall lefthandHVS 5b *6
62Bunney's WallVS 5a *515
 Isis Area 
64Fallen Block ClimbVD *334
65Pulpit RouteD **437
66IomaVS 4c 10
67KariateE1 5b *2
68Pearly GateHVS 5a 96
69Eskimo NellE1 5b **143
E1 5a *12
71IsisVS 4c **316
72TekneequeE1 5b 3
73ArchangelE3 6a 6
74PeacemakerE1 5b *54
VS 4b 8
76Only Thisbig
HVS 5b 6
S 4b 20
VS 4c 8
79Midsummer Crack
HS 4c 13
HS 4a 10
S 3
82Little Red Watering Can
HS 4a 2
 Amphitheatre Ledge 
84ValentinoVD 3
85VarinaHS 4a 17
86Follow The WayE1 5b 5
87Come-on Head Do Your StuffE1 5b *5
88Uncry These TearsE2 5c *11
VS 4b 6
90Atomic Road HeroE5 6b * 
91Theory of EverythingE5 6b **5
92ZoolookologieE5 6a **10
93ShelobHVS 4c 1
94In a Big SkyE2 5c 5
95Land of the LeaningE2 5b *4
96World in ActionE5 6b **1
97Arapiles SyndromeE3 5b *4
98Mr. RuckleE1 5a *10
E1 5b 3
100GastonVS 4b 1
101DragonE1 5a 1
102Old Father ClymeHVS 4c 2

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