Snapping holds on something hard © Dr Avid
Cave Hole is a fascinating area, tucked away on the far end of the Isle, with a labyrinth of caves and tunnels which are worth exploring for scenic value alone. However for the climber this area dispels the myth that Portland is all flat walls full of crimpy holds. Powerful routes across huge banded roofs are the order of the day here with a couple of the biggest bolted roofs in the southwest. The cliffs never attain more than 10m but all the upside down break-dancing packs a lot in and the rock quality is superb. There are also a few easier ticks plus some solos for when the weather is hot.
The series of caves lies below the fields 1 km up the east coast from Portland Bill. It can be spotted from the road by conspicuous jib cranes on the cliff edge. Parking is not easy for these areas since it is illegal to park on the main road. You may find a spot in Southwell but be careful not to block anyone in and be aware that tickets are regularly given here. The best parking, albeit with a longer walk-in, is in the Coastguard layby before the Pulpit Inn. From the Pulpit layby, walk about 1km back up the road to a gated track (opposite a public footpath sign). Go down here to the jib cranes which can be seen from the road. Alternatively gain the coast path from the layby and continue for 300m beyond Sector Pom Pom to reach the jib cranes.
From Southwell reach the cliff-top by the first quarry track then walk south for 500m to reach the jib cranes which mark the top of the area.
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