Snapping holds on something hard © Dr Avid
Cave Hole is a long low line of super-steep sea cliffs that are tucked away on the far end of the Isle. It is a fascinating area that is made up of a labyrinth of caves, ledges and tunnels that are worth exploring for their scenic value alone. For the climber however, the Cave Hole area dispels the myth that Portland is all about vertical walls full of crimpy holds. Many powerful routes cross the huge banded roofs whilst others take on the vertical ground in between and, although not much more than ten metres in height, the nature of the climbing packs in the moves. The area includes a couple of the biggest bolted roofs anywhere in the south-west. In addition to the bolted climbs, there are plenty of good deep water solos and this is a great spot to spend time in the summer although the tide window is limiting.
All of the areas are best approached from the Portland Bill car park (fee).
The Dorset Rockfax covers the superb sport and trad climbing in Portland, Swanage and Lulworth on the Dorset coast. This amazing area is one of the most popular sport climbing areas in the country with a huge number of routes across the grades and great appeal to climbers of all abilities. Thousands of brilliant routes and a relatively friendly climate mean that the area is always busy with climbers.
The 2021 edition of the Dorset Rockfax is the biggest Rockfax to date with 2700 routes on over 600 pages. It is a complete update of previous guides and released in print and digital at the same time. All the crags have been re-photographed using aerial photography and a new set of detailed maps created to make finding and choosing your chosen route even easier than ever.
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