Climbs 100
Rocktype Limestone
Altitude 45m a.s.l
Faces W

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becca having one last try © mwatson

Crag features

The Battleship Back Cliff offers some superb stamina pitches with well-positioned crux moves, often high on the wall. The left-hand side of the Battleship Back Cliff is a favoured place for those seeking out long sustained pitches in the mid to upper grades whilst its right-hand side is slightly shorter and has some easier, but still high quality lines. The Block lies in front of the Back Cliff and has a number of good, slabby pitches at friendly grades, although they are a bit polished. Further on are the newly-developed areas of The Attic, The Balcony and The Veranda. These are smaller cliffs, but have a good line-up of mid-grade lines that are destined to become popular.

Approach notes

The Battleship cliffs are easy to reach from parking spots on Reap Lane, just to the south of Weston. Drive through Weston to a small roundabout and turn right into Reap Lane. Park near the second traffic-calming installation. Do not park directly outside the houses if at all possible and do not change clothes or loiter in front of the houses.

Follow a wide track behind houses and go right at the crossroads. Follow the track, past farm buildings, to the cliff-top path. At the cliff edge bare slightly left to a grassy gully. Descend this with care to a terrace above the Veranda Cliff. Follow this north (right looking out) towards the distinctive and massive Battleship Block. Battleship Back Cliff is accessed from here.

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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.
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More Guidebooks:
Portland (2008)

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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  Left
2 Pol Pot Had the Lot 6b 22
3 Sex Cauldron 7b 3
4 Even Better than the Beatles 7b * 25
5 Arc of a Fridge 7b * 16
6 Dreams Burn Down 7a+ ** 53
7 Nihil 7b ** 79
8 No Man is an Island 6c *** 370
9 Always Have the Edge 6c ** 184
10 Pump Hitler 7a+ *** 260
11 Buoys will be Buoys 6b+ *** 765
12 Shape Shifter 7c * 37
13 Jurassic Shift 7a ** 300
14 The Fun Factory 7b ** 36
15 Info Freako 7b+ ** 28
16 Rave Mission 7b+ ** 8
17 Trance Mission 7c ** 3
18 The Racing Line 7b+ ** 39
19 Zinc Oxide Mountain 7b+ *** 241
20 Bending the Rules 7b+ * 3
  Right
22 Lost Army Expedition 6c+ * 24
23 Scapa Flow 6c+ ** 97
24 Koenig Class 7a+ * 17
25 Raise the Titanic 6b+ * 204
26 The Price of Silence 6a ** 981
27 Wave Dodging 7a 18
28 Sink the Bismarck 6c * 70
29 Big Fish 7a 16
30 Wiggi and Mopoke's Excellent New Hilti 5c * 374
31 A Dream of White Porsches 5a * 1077
32 The Sound of One Hold Snapping 6b+ * 133
33 Electrically-Injected Shed Head 6b+ * 126
34 Splat the Cat 6c+ 12
35 Shallow End of the Gene Pool 6b+ * 16
36 Project 'A' 7a * 20
Climb name Grade
37 Searing Tunnel of Re-injury 6b * 131
38 The Cones of Stress 7a+ 4
39 Psychic EMF 7a+ ** 56
40 God Told Me to Skin You Alive 6c+ * 23
41 Roadkill on the Information Superhighway 6b 24
42 Error 404 6a+ 30
43 Terrorbyte 6b+ 1
44 Megahurts * 6c+ 2
45 Superfast 6c 4
  The Attic and The Balcony
47 Unload the Funbags 6b+ 37
48 It's all a Bunch of Tree Hugging Hippie Crap 5c 47
49 Jurassic Bark 6c+ * 20
50 High Flyer 6b 40
51 Lola 5a 31
52 Pretty Flamingo 6a+ 28
53 A Groovy Kind of Love 6c 20
54 Itchycoo Park 6c+ 23
55 Spear of Destiny 5c 46
56 Spear of Broccoli 5c 55
57 Heart of the Sun 6a 31
  The Block
59 U-143 HVS 5a * 17
60 Coming Unstuck 6a+ * 301
61 Block 1 VD 28
62 Block 2 D 29
63 Block 3 VD 27
64 Braer Rabbit 4a 692
65 This is This 4c * 713
66 Wake Up, Time to Die 6a+ * 424
67 No Smears Here 6a+ * 297
68 Block 4 S 19
69 Block 5 HS 8
70 Like a Drowning Man 4a * 530
71 Hang Onto Your Ego 6b * 250
72 She's Going Down 6b+ * 124
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