First crab suit ascent of Crab Party? © Martin Bagshaw
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).
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