Climbs 368
Rocktype Limestone
Altitude 12m a.s.l
Faces E

Rik on Small but Perfectly Formed - 6a, Cheyne Wears © Brian H

Crag features


24 September 2014

Large amounts of rock have fallen from Cheyne cliff. Almost all of the Coralized area at Cheyne cliff collapsed today. coast guard and bmc have been notified. DO NOT CLIMB HERE. the remaining cliff looks incredibly unstable in a lot of areas, please do not climb here until it has been inspected etc it is very dangerous.

In addition there has been some slippage at the bottom of the small crag at the far end of Neddyfields main cliff. In particular access to climbs between 'Return of the Rice Bandit' and 'La Fievre Spiteuse' is extremely unstable, and access to the other climbs involves dodgy ground and/or high first bolts.

7 September 2014

The section of coast line near Southwell, and the large Cheyne Weares car park, has a number of different cliffs which offer very contrasting styles and grades of climbing on a variety of rock features. Godnor Far North has been developed into a low to mid-grade sport route playground down by the sea and the Neddyfields Main Cliff offers routes in a similar vein. Both these cliffs were mainly developed by members of Basingstoke M.C. and they have become extremely popular although it should be noted that Neddyfields can be over-run by outdoor groups at times. The Lost Valley is an extremely sheltered location in a deep inland ravine with an eerie quiet atmosphere. It also suffers from ivy growth from time to time but this is usually cleared away by the locals especially now that it is been developed as a good hard bouldering venue as well. Dungecroft Quarry is also a sheltered venue containing short bouldery routes on high quality rock and a few easy boulder problems. There is more bouldering on the small vertical wall above the Neddyfields Main crag. The Nook is small sheltered venue on the way to Neddyfields with short routes and boulder problems, Portlands nearest crag to the road! The biggest crag in the area is Cheyne Cliff which looks scruffy from a distance but in fact harbours some fine flowstone faces and orange coral. The routes here are mainly for the fitter climber needing ultimate stamina tests. Possible restriction from 1 Feb to 31 August. Check ROCKFAX web site.

Approach notes

The two main parking areas for these crags lie on the main road from Easton just before Southwell. The first is the main Cheyne Weares car park which is clearly marked. The second limited spot (5-6 cars) is in a short track, on the seaward side of the road, 300m south of Cheyne Weares car park, and also 300m north from Southwell. This track is adjacent to the isolated Cheyne House opposite a an ARC quarry entrance. A good coast path track leads south down from here to the cliff-top.

Lost Valley - From the main Cheyne Weares car park walk north (left -looking out) along a ridge for 250m which gives a view into a rocky ravine on the left engulfed in vegetation - this is the Lost Valley. Drop down a steep chute at the far end to gain the right-hand side of the cliff.

Dungecroft Quarry (and the Road Rage Wall) - From the main Cheyne Weares car park walk south (right - looking out) from the car park along a track down into a large disused quarry. The Dungecroft routes are along the quarried wall to the right. The abseil point for the Road Rage Wall is a staple situated on a large boulder on the cliff-top, in front of a pile of waste stone. About 30m north of this is a short block wall set back from the cliff edge where abseil bolts for the Bariatric Buttress can be found.

Cheyne Cliff - From the limited parking spot by Cheyne House descend the coast path then turn left (looking out) along the cliff edge, towards a small quarry. After 10m drop down a steep scree slope (care needed) and trend leftwards (looking out]) down this to reach the edge of the very high main cliff. The Road Rage Wall and Bariatric Buttress are accessible by abseil from Dungecroft Quarry.

Neddyfields Main Cliff and Bouldering Wall - From the limited parking spot walk 200m down the coast path to where the long bouldering wall will appear on the right (2 mins from the road). The Main Cliff lies directly below the bouldering wall. Use a good steep track which cuts back left (looking out) along the cliff base, opposite the far end of the bouldering wall.

Godnor Far North - Descend to the beach boulders as for the Neddyfields Main Cliff. Then head right (looking out) for 150m along the beach, past a large outfall pipe (no climbing on the pipe cliff) to where the main crag starts. The boulders can be greasy and eventually they become tidal. Do not abseil in or take short cuts due to rare fauna.

The Nook - From the limited parking spot at Neddyfields walk 25 metres down the track and turn left onto the middle ledge of a small quarry. Follow this leftwards, the crag is just around the headland - 1 minute.

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FOR ANYONE THINKING OF HEADING TO CHEYNE WEARES AREA BE AWARE Large amounts of rock have fallen from Cheyne cliff. Almost all of the Coralized area at Cheyne cliff collapsed today. coast guard and bmc have been notified. DO NOT CLIMB HERE. the remaining cliff looks incredibly unstable in a lot of areas, please do not climb here until it has been inspected etc etc it is very very dangerous. I believe local authorities will be closing the area underneath the cliff for safety reasons. spread the word
David Clover - 24/Aug/14
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 Neddyfields Bouldering Wall 
2Forebodingf6A 8
3Hari-kirif6B+ *5
4Psychof6B+ **2
5Bearing Allf6A *3
6Great Bearf5+ *45
7Little Bearf4+ 82
8Shtinkenminkenguffenpuffsf6C+ 2
9Shtinkenminkenguffenpuffs, Sit-startf7A+ **1
10Solar Stonef7A+ **6
11Indian Summerf6B *18
12Totem Polef4+ **177
13Papoosef6A *64
14Wampumf6C *6
15Vacillatef6B+ *28
16Jimbo's Wallf7B **4
17Jimbo's Right Handf7B **4
18Pock Markf7A+ **15
19Prosthesisf6B *11
20Prosthesis, Sit-startf6C *3
21Colossusf6B+ *10
22Colossus, Sit-startf6C+ *2
23Stoic Existencef6B+ **22
24Fontanelf7A *9
25The Flakef6A **72
26The Flake, Sit-startf6A+ **7
27Flake Outf6B *8
28Flake Out, Sit-startf6B+ *7
29Local Peoplef7A 1
30Pete's GrooveV6 *21
31Taming the Flowf6B **112
32Fountain of Youthf5+ ***224
33Stolidf4 **79
34Stopcockf4+ *192
35ProtozoaV0- *62
36Amoeba Statef5+ *102
37The Arete (eliminate version)V3 *20
38The Aretef6A+ **34
39Savage Traversef7A+ *2
40The Arete Directf6C **2
41Ripplesf6A ***128
42Ripples, Sit-startf6B+ ***8
43Razorf6C+ **5
44Razor, Sit-startf7A **1
45Pete's Ribf6C+ ***32
46Pete's Rib, Sit-startf7A ***2
47Stairway Directf6A+ *55
48Stairwayf5+ *116
49Touched by Godf7A+ **2
50Chocolate Orangef7B **5
51The Crackf5 *43
52Janusf7A *3
53Quick Stepf5 *121
54The Mantel Piecef4+ *140
55Close Encountersf7A+ **3
56Jimbo's Dynof7A *2
57The Groovef6B+ **50
58The Groove Eliminatef6C *2
59Straight and Narrowf6B+ *9
60Straight and Narrow, Sit-startf6C+ *1
61Diversionf6A *53
62Diversion, Sit-startf6C *1
63Gorkin Flipf6C *4
64The Podf5 *115
65The pod escapef4+ *37
66Pod Escape Directf4+ *10
67Before Records Beganf5+ 4
68Prior to 1974f6A+ *2
69After 1974f5 *5
70JP Flakef4+ *5
71One Holdf5+ 3
72Many Dates in Historyf5+ *4
73Snatch and Grabf6A *2
74Disenchantedf6C+ **4
 Cheyne House Quarry 
76Wax Workf6B *12
77Candle Waxf6B+ **12
78Cortaderia Selloanaf3 15
79Upper Tier Rampf4 15
80Blunt Aretef5+ *26
81Sharp Aretef4+ *14
82Scruffy Cornerf4 15
83Scruffy Crackf5+ 15
84Scruffy Wallf6A *11
85Jurassic Crackf5+ 34
86Fallen Block Flakef5+ *7
87With Four Strong Menf6B+ 4
88Fallen Block Wallf6A 8
89Stray Shotf5+ *13
90Shot Gunf5+ *12
91Long Shotf6A 15
92Last Shotf6A *10
93Crack Shot Leftf4 *17
94Crack Shot Rightf5+ 10
95Lower Tier Rampf4+ 14
96No Pedestalf5+ *11
97Cheyne House Rampf4+ *12
98Little Cheyne Wallf4 13
99Little Cheyne Flakef3 13
 Godnor South 
101Portland Exclusion Zone6c 2
102Leonardo6a+ 2
103Mona Lisa5c 4
104Whitestones3+ 4
105Corner TwinS 2
106Corner WallHVD 3
107Slab and CrackHVD 2
HS 4a 2
109Anvil Point
HS 4b 2
110Chimney Break
S 1
111The Good Life5c **19
112Breakover Crack DirectE1 5b *1
113Enter Shakari6c 6
114The Gates
VS 4c 1
115Dusky Corner
VD 1
116Corner Direct
HS 4a 1
117The Oh-No Variant
E2 5b 1
 Godnor North 
119Small but Perfectly Formed6a *11
120Big Slab Variant4c *11
121Big Slab
VD 1
122Unnamed (aka Hammerhead)6a+ *4
HS 4a 1
124Crow's Nest Corner
VD 4
125Loving the Moment6a 1
126Crow's Nest Direct
HS 1
127Euphemism6b *6
128Prisoners Of Gravity6b *3
129Island In The Sun6a *6
S 1
131Private World6a 6
132Stress Test6a 5
 Godnor far North 
134Remember Blair Peach
HVS 4c/5a 1
135Gi' It Laldy6c *5
136Harpies and Quines6b+ **65
137Any Day Mike?7b+ *11
138One Day, James6b+ *56
139Pathfinder6b *95
140Snatch SquadHS 4b 5
141Sidewinder6a 223
142Dreamscape6a *280
143Dreamscape Direct6b *90
144Ben5a *449
145Willem5a *523
146Jasper4c *634
147Jody Sunshine4c *497
148Wave Warrior4c *634
149Valerie's Patio3 592
150Garden Party6a *151
151Starbuck6a 296
152Last Human6c 76
153Tin Man5c *274
154Rubber Truncheon
HS 4b 2
155Tombstone3+ **783
156Where Silence Has Lease6c **138
157Wedding Daze6b *239
158Future Imperfect6a+ **484
159Jacob's Ladder5a **727
160The Truth is Out There6b **362
161Resistance is Futile7a+ *106
162Car Parts, Bottles and Cutlery6b+ *74
163Factor 156a+ *108
164Net Asset5c 90
165Kung Fu Panda4a *291
166Nonnie and the Pulp Fiction Tantrum4c *236
167Not Worth BoltingVS 4c 2
 Neddyfields Main Cliff 
169Return of the Rice Bandit6a 28
170Midday Massacre5a 64
171La Fievre Spiteuse5c 54
172Lucy's off the Wall5a 279
173Nothing's Shocking6a+ *233
174First Contact6b *153
175Brace Yourself Sheila5a *371
176Conquistadors of the Useless6c *74
177Small Object of Desire6a+ *100
178Annapurna, Mon Amour6a+ 52
179The Accelerator7a *357
180Nameless (aka The Doppler Effect)6c *162
181Born To Hunt6c *50
182Thick as Thieves6c 46
183Franks EffortHS 4a 7
184Three in a Bed5c *359
185Steve's WallVS 4b 5
186I wish I was in Steve's Shoe's5c 216
187Felix Navidad6a+ *254
188Infelicity6a 283
189Milly Vanilly6a 227
190Books Across the Sea6a 166
191Puppet Show of Memory6a 150
VS 4b/c 8
193Damn These Electric Sex Pants6a+ 170
194Kate6b+ 71
195Wonderlust6b **428
196IntimidationE1 5b 3
197Shit Route7a 73
198Julie Ocean6c+ **243
199Northern Invasion7a 36
200Bigus Dickus6b 80
201Lugwiler's Dismal Itch6c *154
202Ecosystem6b+ *229
203Time of the Month6b+ *286
204Inception5c *614
205The Screwfix Escourt Agency6a+ *224
206The ScoopS 4a 14
207Better ThingsHS 4a 8
208Ocean Boulevard4c *607
209Outside LeftS 4a 35
210Bundle of Joy4a *317
211Crush With EyelinerE1 5b 15
212Sunday RakeS 4a 32
213Spider CracksHVS 5a 9
214The Wilsonator6b 30
215Jobby's Leaving gift5b 40
216Joe Stole My Route5b 31
217Butterfly CrackS 4a 12
 The Nook Quarry Bouldering - Same as Cheyne House Quarry? 
219Sharpe AreteV0 21
220The Herb DebateV2 17
221The Banana QuestionV2 15
222Finger the BeaverV1 19
223Mrs BeaverV2 12
224Mr BeaverV5 8
225Ms BeaverV3 13
226Sweaty Gym SocksVB 19
227Squeeze the BeaverV1 15
228The Ramp to NowhereV0 15
 The Nook 
230Leering Crack5a 33
231Air Kisses6c *22
232My Pashminas Got Caught in the Gri Gri6a 52
233East Side Story5c 67
234Chill Dementia4c 89
235Sinister Dexter6a+ *39
236Bring Me Sunshine6a 54
237Its a God Awful Small Affair2 51
238Jugs of JoyHVD 18
 Cheyne Cliff 
240Mirror of the Sea6c *8
241Silver-studded Blue6b *36
242Raptor6c *16
243Drowning on Dry Land6c **92
244Rocket from the Crypt7a+ **58
245Coralized7b+ **24
246Heartbeats7a+ *16
247Van Life7a+ **9
248The Pigskin Bus Pulls Into Tuna Town6a *114
249Dutch Courage6c *51
250Found Under Carnal Knowledge7a *9
251Fireblade7b+ **5
252Dynomite7c+ **3
253Pandemonium7c+ **2
254Poisoned Bamboo7c **1
255No Turn Unstoned7a **37
256Cruise Control6a+ **120
257Road Rage7b+ ***144
258Detonator7c **5
259Illusions7c ***24
260Yesterday's Dreams7b+ **6
261Remerberance Sunday6b+ *12
262Italian Eighth6b+ *11
263Threatening Speedos6c+ 6
264Pouch of Douglas5a *18
265Bariatric4a 18
 Dungecroft Quarry 
267Ladder of Desire5c 5
268Splendid Vista5b 5
269A Ying and a Yang and a Yippiedeedoo5c *63
270The Lesser of Two Weevils6b+ *29
271Wind Dog6b *38
272Never Ignore A Pooh-Pooh2+ 100
273Trust me I'm a Doctor3 89
274T-Muffhundred4c 101
275Sping Nol4c *118
276Julio's Ropeladder6a+ *60
277Die Screaming with Sharp Things in your Head5c *123
278Ultrasonic Shoulder6a+ *52
279Death Star Canteen5c *59
280Crazy Old Hippies4c *190
281Crowbar Assassin6a+ 39
282Covert Strike6b *21
283The Epicurean Paradox6b+ *14
284Dungecroft Delight5a *121
285The Alpha and The Omega3+ *149
286Dirty Bertie4c 93
287Doris Does Dungecroft3 91
288Hayabusa6a 78
289Fix It Duck6b 52
290We Apologise for the Inconvenience5a 110
291Gecko Wall6a 46
292Wall Lizard6c+ 41
293The Cookie Monster3 143
294Make Cookies Not War4a *175
295Rai6a 70
296Julia6a 86
297Peace6a+ 25
298Love6c 16
299Return of the Gecko6c 13
300I Learned to Swim at Dunkirk4c 20
301Well'Ard7a+ 10
302Little Terror5a *35
303Blood on the Rocks6a *29
304The Clicking of Her Needles Spelled Doom6b+ *15
305Viagra Wall6c+ 1
306Can You See Scratchy Bottom?6a+ 25
307Dad Gets Another Monkey Bite2 50
308Truly, Madly, Steeply7b *8
309Heroes of Swanage5c 50
310Heroes of Portland6b 15
311Lifesigns7a+ 5
312Sex, Lies and Videotape7a 9
313Last Ditch Effort5b 8
314Buzzin'6b+ 6
315HevizV2 *10
316Mr FudgeV2 **10
317Why NotV0- 11
318Ginger JihadVB 9
319Lucky PantsVB 10
320Cake or DeathV1 8
321Read The Sign5b 13
322The Hangover6a 12
323Suspiria de Profundis6b 6
324Slap and Tickle6a+ 8
 The Lost Valley 
326Fallen Angel5a 9
327Heavens Above7b 1
328Marry Me in Vegas?7b 1
329Heaven TraverseE2 5b 1
330Tug on This Jody7a 15
331Look West & Find Salvation7a+ 9
332Quite Nice Actually6b+ 8
333Even Nicer6b 3
334Little Pinky6b+ 10
335Drilling in the Name6b+ *33
336Robin Crack5a *61
337Birdie Num Num6c+ 3
338Clamped Aggression6b+ *6
339Back Door to Heavenf6B 1
340Return to Senderf6C 1
341Heaven Sentf7A 1
342Straight to Heavenf7A+ 1
343Garden Forcef5 6
344Bastard Crack7a 3
345Plystalker7c 3
346No Chutney on His Ferret5c 18
347LR Traversef6A 2
348Chapter and Verse6a 46
349Oatsheaf, Chief5c 22
350Training for Hubble6a+ *48
351The Stoning of St. Stephen7b+ **9
352Mono y Mono7a+ *3
353Cadwallader6b+ *61
354Redundancy CrackE1 5b 18
355The Martyr7a+ **14
356The Secret Garden6b+ *60
357The Beauty of Decay6b+ 24
358Tactical Nuclear Penguin6b 29
E1 5b 4
360Flake Away4a 192
361Portrait of a Lady6c+ 23
362Flaked Out4c 154
363Echoes Of Trad4c 112
364Test Pilot6a *154
365Primordial6a+ *67
366Touch The Earth7a 26
367Constant Companion5a 36
368Promethean Flame6a 1
369The Lost Domain6a 22
370Lush5c *54
371Head in a Bush3+ 69
372The Angel from my Nightmare3 60
373Sweet Dreams Are Made of This3+ 165
3744, 8, 15, 16, 23, 424c 156
375Rhys Gets Another Monkey Bite5a 161
376Not the Same Mistake Again Kath5c 153
377Plastic Tractor3+ 111
378Dude, Where's My Car?S 16
379Enjoy My Experience6c+ 4

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