Climbs 90
Rocktype Limestone
Altitude 36m a.s.l
Faces W

becca having one last try © mwatson

Crag features

The Back Cliff has some superb long pitches with fingery flints and well-positioned cruxes. The recently developed ‘Workout Wall’ is a great place to pick up finger stamina for those up to the big grades. Also on offer is the Block Slab which has a number of nice, slabby pitches.

Approach notes

The Battleship cliffs are easy to reach from a good parking spot. Drive through Weston and after passing the shops, keep right down Wide Street. On the next bend (mini roundabout), turn right into Reap Lane and park down by a row of houses on the right. Walk down the road to a track behind the row of houses. Take the track that passes between a stable and a barn. At the cliff edge, walk slightly left and take a steep path (usually a fixed rope in place) down the hillside. Turn right at the bottom. The Veranda area is below you. For Battleship Slab and Backcliff, continue north along the path for a further 150m.

Access Advice

Seasonal Restrictions

Dates: 1 March to 30 June

Reason: Nesting Birds

The peregrines that previously nested on Blacknor have moved nest site to Battleship Back Cliff. A restriction is now in place at the crag between “Always have the Edge” and “Zinc Oxide Mountain” including those routes. Blacknor is now un-restricted.

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Available in the Rockfax App

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Guidebooks

Dorset

The latest edition of the Dorset Rockfax features the now widely acclaimed full-page colour topos, and includes all the new lines in the areas previously covered, as well as many entirely new sectors. The crags are illustrated using bigger topos and there is a complete new set of action photos. This new Rockfax guide will concentrate on Portland, Swanage and Lulworth, covering all the sport routes in these areas, and also the bulk of the quality trad climbing at Swanage and Lulworth. Coverage of bouldering and deep water soloing, along with all the routes in Devon have migrated from this book.
More info
More Guidebooks:
Portland (2008)
Dorset Route Database (2000)

Out of print:
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  Left
2 Pol Pot Had the Lot 6b 16
3 Sex Cauldron 7b 2
4 Even Better than the Beatles 7b * 19
5 Arc of a Fridge 7b * 14
6 Dreams Burn Down 7a+ ** 49
7 Nihil 7b ** 67
8 No Man is an Island 6c *** 338
9 Always Have the Edge 6c ** 150
10 Pump Hitler 7a+ *** 256
11 Buoys will be Buoys 6b+ *** 685
12 Shape Shifter 7c * 36
13 Jurassic Shift 7a ** 247
14 The Fun Factory 7b ** 36
15 Info Freako 7b+ ** 24
16 Rave Mission 7b+ ** 6
17 Trance Mission 7c ** 3
18 The Racing Line 7b+ ** 47
19 Zinc Oxide Mountain 7b+ *** 256
20 Bending the Rules 7b+ * 3
  Right
22 Lost Army Expedition 6c+ * 18
23 Scapa Flow 6c+ ** 89
24 Koenig Class 7a+ * 14
25 Raise the Titanic 6b+ * 179
26 The Price of Silence 6a ** 782
27 Wave Dodging 7a 14
28 Sink the Bismarck 6c * 41
29 Big Fish 7a 12
30 Wiggi and Mopoke's Excellent New Hilti 5c * 283
31 A Dream of White Porsches 5a * 891
32 The Sound of One Hold Snapping 6b+ * 121
33 Electrically-Injected Shed Head 6b+ * 103
34 Splat the Cat 6c+ 12
35 Shallow End of the Gene Pool 6b+ * 16
36 Project 'A' 7a * 14
37 Searing Tunnel of Re-injury 6b * 84
38 The Cones of Stress 7a+ 4
39 Psychic EMF 7a+ ** 54
40 God Told Me to Skin You Alive 6c+ * 21
41 Roadkill on the Information Superhighway 6b 22
42 Error 404 6a+ 29
  Battleship Block Slab
44 U-143 HVS 5a * 16
45 Coming Unstuck 6a+ * 249
46 Block 1 VD 26
47 Block 2 D 28
48 Block 3 VD 25
49 Braer Rabbit 4a 577
50 This is This 4c * 592
51 Wake Up, Time to Die 6a+ * 349
52 No Smears Here 6a+ * 242
53 Block 4 S 16
54 Block 5 HS 9
55 Like a Drowning Man 4a * 431
56 Hang Onto Your Ego 6b * 204
57 She's Going Down 6b+ * 113
58 Listing Badly 6c+ * 95
59 I'm Doing it Anyway 4a * 586
60 Hate the Sin and Love the Sinner 4c 304
  Battleship Block Slab - Seaward Face
62 Another Stone on the Pile of Choss 6c+ * 12
63 Welcome to the Gravity Program 6c 7
64 She's Dancing Tonight 5a 29

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