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Climbs 131
Rocktype Limestone
Altitude Tidal
Faces S

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Freefall from the top of Freeborn Man © A. Huddart

Crag features

The climbing available at Fisherman's Ledge is undoubtedly the most diverse at Swanage and ranges from some of the UK's best deep water solos to some massive roof climbs that are tackled by both traditional and sport climbs. There is also a good number of traditional routes that are not as popular but span the grades from HVS to E7 - some being amongst the most serious pitches on the coast.

Approach notes

Park at Durlston Country Park and take the tarmac road to join the coast path close to the lighthouse. Walk west along the coast path to the stile before the mile marker pylons. Cross the fence and continue along its seaward side for 250m, to where a slight ridge descends to the cliff-top ledges above Helix and The Conger. The various areas require different approaches 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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West Country Climbs

West Country Climbs is a major Rockfax guide to one of the UK’s most celebrated, sunny and diverse climbing regions. The book is fashioned in Rockfax’s award-winning layout and design, and copiously illustrated with action photographs of the climbs and cliffs that reflect the quality and variety of climbing experiences to be had on offer in the UK’s most popular holiday destination - the West Country. This is a selected route and buttress guidebook which covers the best 900 routes from the crags listed below.
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Deep Water

Mike Robertson's award winning Deep Water guide, covering DWS on the English South Coast, Pembroke, Scotland and throughout the world.
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More Guidebooks:
Swanage (2015)
South West Climbs - Volume 1 (2012)
Swanage and Portland (1995)

Out of print:
Descend Helix Direct not Helix! Same difficulty, one has rock at the bottom, the other water
trouserburp - 28/Jun/11
Funky Wall: nice little crag if you want to tick a handful of mid grade routes. some of the stuff is a bit eliminate though - it's surprising how small it is when you get there.
ian bryant - 08/May/06
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